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A fresh approach to Power Stages

A fresh approach to Power Stages

The format of Power Stages is a big talking point at the moment in WRC circles. In Greece, the Power Stage which begins at 1:56pm is 30.14km in length. Sébastien Ogier, Mads Ostberg, Mikko Hirvonen and Evgeny Novikov will all...
‘Power Stages’ to stay in 2013

‘Power Stages’ to stay in 2013

Power Stages will continue to be a feature of the world championship in 2013, although the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has made detail changes to the concept. From next season, Power Stages will need to exceed 15km in length...
SS15: No problems for Hirvonen!

SS15: No problems for Hirvonen!

Mikko Hirvonen continues to top the order for Citroën/Michelin in Sardinia. The Finn recorded a cautious ninth-fastest time to defend his lead, while attention is focusing on the close battle between Ogier (4th, Skoda/Michelin) and Atkinson (5th, Mini/Michelin) who are...
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Dominique Serieys: “We want to be one of the WRC’s best three rallies…”

With the start of this year’s event fast approaching, Dominique Serieys, the man in charge of the Rallye de France, talks to Best-of-RallyLive about what’s new for 2012 and about the challenges that go hand in hand with its organisation....
Valuable points for Loeb in Monte Carlo

Valuable points for Loeb in Monte Carlo

In addition to securing his sixth Rallye Monte-Carlo success on Sunday, Sébastien Loeb also won the Power Stage to pocket a maximum harvest of 28 points. The Citroën-Michelin star couldn’t have wished for a better start to his bid to...
The Monte Carlo’s ‘Power Stage’

The Monte Carlo’s ‘Power Stage’

The fifth and final leg of the 2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo features just one short competitive section: the 5.16km Power Stage. It adds an extra day to the event which kicked off with last Tuesday’s shakedown test…...
Loeb leads into Spanish ‘Power Stage’

Loeb leads into Spanish ‘Power Stage’

Only one stage stands between Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/MICHELIN) and a seventh Rally de Espana win that would hand the French firm its… seventh Manufacturers’ title and give him a seven-point advantage over Hirvonen in the Drivers’ championship, not including their...
A classic Monte to mark its WRC comeback

A classic Monte to mark its WRC comeback

With the Rallye Monte-Carlo poised to return to the World Rally Championship fold in 2012, its organisers have revealed the route of the 80th edition. It will start in Valence....
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  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 18h12
    Compared to the last two days, tomorrow is short day with only a single special stage done twice. SS19 / 20 Myhinpaa (14.13 kilometres) is another Finland classic and on the second running will be the power stage with extra points on offer. SS19 goes live at 10:43 local time (CET 9:43 / UK 8:43). Join us for all the comments live from the stage end.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 18h09
    Going into the overnight, the provisional overall classification is: 1-Latvala (Volkswagen-Michelin) 2:20:20.6, 2-Ogier (Volkswagen-Michelin) +13.2, 3-Ostberg (Citroën-Michelin) +1:28.0, 4-Neuville (Hyundai-Michelin) +3:26.5, 5-Tanak (Ford-Michelin) +4:19.1, 6-Hanninen (Ford) +4:21.0, 7-Prokop (Ford) +5:41.2, 8-Lappi [WRC2](Skoda-Michelin) +6:32.6, 9-Tideman WRC2](Skoda-Michelin) +7:55.9, 10-Bertelli (Ford) +8:56.8
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 18h03
    [SS18] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 7:51.2 “It is a long day for us, but okay. The last one I did not push. I hope to make the same tomorrow.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 18h01
    [SS18] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:33.4 “Today, no problem, the car is working really well. We really enjoy it. Continue like this and really happy that we take first and second (in WRC2 with team-mate Lappi).”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h59
    [SS18] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:33.5 “It’s been as good day as yesterday. Good driving, good pace notes and nice roads. The R5 is not as strong as the WRC but if you know these things you will survive.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h57
    [SS18] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 7:38.1 “Was more slippery, generally okay. An improvement and I hope to finish the rally and gain the experience.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h55
    [SS18] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 7:27.0 “Nice stage again, really nice. Slippy, but okay, a lot of fun.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h53
    [SS18] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 7:55.1 “Gradually we are feeling comfortable.” - Trying to learn the stages with a degree of caution on the rough bits where it gets a bit tricky.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h52
    [SS18] Martin Prokop (Ford) 7:33.1 “It was okay, just the last part of this stage was really slippery, sometimes too wide. Really rough so finally happy at the end. For the moment we have to try to find better grip, hopefully something will work for tomorrow.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h48
    [SS18] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 7:29.0 “It was okay. We are disappointed for the small mistake, just trying to arrive at the end. The car is very difficult to drive, it is not very stable, also we lost a little bit the rear wing.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h47
    [SS18] Ott Tanak (Ford) 7:23.7 “It’s a good day for us, yesterday was quite frustrating, so we have been really enjoying. Learning for the future, don’t need to push, learn the roads.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h45
    [SS18] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 7:25.0 “It’s been okay, we got the mileage and the experience.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h41
    [SS18] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 7:25.6 “On the road section mostly it was working. Hopefully we can fix this in service.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h38
    [SS18] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 7:16.7 “I really focus on the driving today. Really happy how the afternoon went. All went well, even though it rain. Of course you have to take some risk, even in this stage, some sections were dry, some sections were wet, there was some water on some corners.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h37
    [SS18] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 7:18.5 “I will try what we can. I thought I had a puncture on the rear, but Jari has done a fantastic job.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h37
    [SS18] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 7:19.4 “I wanted to be safe in here but there was no chance, it was just so good fun. I hit the first corner so good. It was a good stage, I really enjoy it.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h36
    [SS18] Robert Kubica (Ford) - Reports in that Kubica has rolled just 15 kilometres into the stage
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h12
    Only SS18 Harkka (15.59 kilometres) left for today and it goes live at 18:25 local time (CET 17:25 / UK 16:25)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h10
    [SS17] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 8:27.1 “It is not bad, it is my first time in the rain.” - Struggling with the ruts.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h09
    [SS17] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 8:15.6 “A good stage, no big risk, go in the lines and try to go clean. For sure they (the team) want us to finish.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h06
    [SS17] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 8:14.6 “It was horrible to spectate last year, I belong behind the steering wheel on this rally.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h04
    [SS17] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 8:07.2 “No problems, nice stage, a bit rough, some ruts, but otherwise it was good. He (Tanak) has been quite much faster today, I need to concentrate with my own driving. Now just stay calm and try to enjoy.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h04
    [SS17] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 8:16.6 “It was a good day. The stage was tricky, we push not much and I am enjoying. We keep going like this.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 17h01
    [SS17] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 8:50.0 “This stage was different compared to the other one, a lot of loose and deep ruts. The car all the time is bottoming and touching. We try to be neat on the narrow section.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h59
    [SS17] Martin Prokop (Ford) 8:12.4 “The conditions are horrible, the road is destroyed, a lot of stones on the bottom. We try to avoid the huge stones. You hit a lot of stones so is not very comfortable.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h57
    [SS17] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 8:14.0 “In the jumps, we lost the front grip as we don’t have anything in the front (lost the front bumper).” - Without the front bumper, it affects the aerodynamics.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h54
    [SS17] Ott Tanak (Ford) 7:58.7 “We are not pushing at the front but still trying to do our best. We were expecting mud and rain on this one but there wasn’t any.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h52
    [SS17] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 8:02.5 “Still a little bit with the bouncing in the beginning but it seemed to get better. Still not ultimately where we want to be. It has been alright so far. It would have been nice to be a little bit faster.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h49
    [SS17] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 8:05.3 “We work quite a lot on the car. It does not feel so powerful, but the car was working so that is fine. The team have given good advise on running the car so no problem.” - There was a smell of fuel in the previous stage which was fuel not burnt, which could indicate a problem with the fuel injectors.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h46
    [SS17] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 7:51.5 “Very good stage for us, really good. I managed to keep it inside the ruts. In the morning I was not happy with my driving, but that was good. Now it is all together.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h44
    [SS17] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 7:59.8 “I am very surprised to see that, I was so careful in there, I have everything to lose now, we have to focus for the team and get to the end.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h42
    [SS17] Robert Kubica (Ford) 8:13.7 “Was difficult stage as we are on hard tyres. On the last junction there was water and we practically did 360… It is quite rough and in some places quite slippery in the shadows.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 16h42
    [SS17] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 7:56.7 “For sure not enough in there, but it is not a bad stage. I think the end was better. Quite rutted, the road is a little bit rutted, in this we had a chance to do something.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h36
    Only two more stages left for the day, SS17 Surkee (14.95 kilometres) is next and goes live at 17:32 local time (CET 16:32 / UK 15:32)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h34
    [SS16] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 11:01.7 “It was really slippy, so in my position it is not idea to do a time here, so I just back off. Just careful.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h32
    [SS16] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 10:48.3 “Luckily the rain was not so bad, but the grip was completely lost. There was one 90 right junction and I brake early and still I went wide. You do not know where is the grip.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h31
    [SS16] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 10:53.8 “It wasn’t so bad. The problem is that one of the dampers at the front is broken.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h28
    [SS16] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 10:28.9 “It was okay, quite difficult with the grip and then on the last junction I went straight over there.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h26
    [SS16] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 11:42.2 “Very bad, lots of muds and holes with water. It gets worse and worse.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h23
    [SS16] Martin Prokop (Ford) 10:48.4 “I think everybody is complaining about the conditions. Is a lot of mud, not easy and also it is rough. A lot of stones, big stones, to try and avoid them in these conditions is difficult.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h22
    [SS16] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 10:46.4 “The car is now smoother today, we did not take any risks.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h19
    [SS16] Ott Tanak (Ford) 10:24.6 “Really difficult, we have also problem with the windscreen heater, as you can imagine really challenging. We have some mist, difficult to see through.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h18
    [SS16] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 10:26.0 “We had a bad shower about half way through. I thought I was so slow in places and hanging on for dear life in others. Difficult to judge the grip, very tricky in places.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h16
    [SS16] Kris Meeke (Citroën) - Off the road on a right hander and has a broken wheel.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h15
    [SS16] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 10:32.7 - The car is sounding very rough, his engine problem continues from the previous stage - “Smelling a little bit like fuel, it is getting worse and worse. We change a lot of things on the car. It does not sound good, it sounds awful.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h12
    [SS16] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 10:12.7 “The time is good. It was very difficult conditions The beginning of the stage it was very slippy, very slippy braking. But we managed to do it quite well.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h10
    [SS16] Kris Meeke (Citroën) - Reported stopped on the stage
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h10
    [SS16] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 10:39.1 “I forgot to go out of stage mode. It was a difficult stage. I played it very safe in there. I had a few corners where I went wide in the line and I deeded to play it safe, I do not want to waste a rally.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h08
    [SS16] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 10:16.0 - The is a piece out of the wheel - “At the beginning of the stage I was nearly on the edge of the road and there was a rock. I thought I had a puncture so I backed off. Very heavy rain, looks like now it is stopping. It is not too bad as I really backed off at the beginning.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h06
    [SS16] Robert Kubica (Ford) 10:48.9 “On the other side is raining much more. For us it is quite difficult as we have hard tyres. We want to test hard tyres on dry gravel and unfortunately we have rain.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 15h04
    [SS16] is live and it is raining...
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h16
    SS16 Jukojarvi (21.14 kilometres) is up next and is due to go live at 15:55 local time (CET 14:55 / UK 13:55)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h15
    [SS15] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 7:03.2 “I push for the afternoon. It is not easy.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h13
    [SS15] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 6:58.6 “I expected it to be more rocks, but I really like this stage, I think this is my favourite stage of this rally.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h10
    [SS15] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:01.5 “Survive through the stages. There was already a big rock. In the middle of the rut there was some big rocks, not loose attached to the ground.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h09
    [SS15] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 7:01.4 “Was quite dry. Small mistake in a junction but for the rest okay.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h07
    [SS15] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 12:14.3 - Completes the stage with some front end damage, looks minimal.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h07
    [SS15] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 6:49.3 “We change the car, a bit more stiffer on the surface. I hope it is going better on the next one as well.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h06
    [SS15] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 7:16.4 - Was slowed by the Dani Sordo off
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h02
    [SS15] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) - Moving again.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 14h02
    [SS15] Martin Prokop (Ford) 6:57.6 “Good run, no problem, just a lot of stones. The road is starting to be very rough.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h59
    [SS15] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) - Stopped on the stage, stuck in a ditch
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h58
    [SS15] Ott Tanak (Ford) “Really grippy, really good grip. Still nice clean run.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h57
    [SS15] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) - Stopped on the stage
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h56
    [SS15] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 6:46.5 “The one was alright again. Hard in places, we need to keep working on that.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h54
    [SS15] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 6:40.8 “I have nothing to fight for but it is nice to see what the car is capable of. Today is not the day to make a difference.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h52
    [SS15] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 6:50.0 - Sounds like an engine problem - “The time is okay, but the car is running on 3 cylinders sometimes. Sometimes it is okay, sometimes it is not okay…”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h50
    [SS15] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 6:39.4 “I did not do a mistake but maybe I was taking it easy in some places. It was a good stage, not a perfect stage, but a good stage.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h49
    [SS15] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 6:43.0 “A bit rougher than this morning. I still enjoy it, I had a good rhythm.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h46
    [SS15] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 6:39.3 “Perfect stage, I could not go faster, perfect stage. For sure the stage will get faster.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 13h44
    [SS15] Robert Kubica (Ford) 6:48.7 “Conditions for me are better, there is a lot of loose gravel, there was quite a lot of cleaning, but all good for us.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h36
    There is a mid-day regroup and service before a re-run of this morning’s stages. SS15 Mokkipera (13.84 kilometres) goes live at 14:37 local time (CET 13:47 / UK 12:37)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h34
    [SS14] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 7:48.8 “I am happy” - happy with his performance on this morning’s loop of stages.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h32
    [SS14] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:38.3 “This stage I try to push a bit but get wide in some of the corners.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h30
    [SS14] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:39.9 “Everything is fine.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h27
    [SS14] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 7:38.2 “This could be the best run I have had since the beginning of the rally. I brake too much early and I lost some seconds here and there but I am happy.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h26
    [SS14] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 7:34.9 “Everything okay now. Have to concentrate all driving as the guys at the top are going really really fast.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h24
    [SS14] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 7:59.1 “The last stage was quite fast, I was not happy about my notes but better notes this time.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h21
    [SS14] Martin Prokop (Ford) 7:35.8 “Really good, I try to do a different way, on the approach slower. We are losing on the braking but we have to find a way.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h19
    [SS14] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 7:26.4 “Nothing wrong, just very big gap… Really really hard. I lost a little bit of time in the beginning then I try to push hard. I need to continue.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h17
    [SS14] Ott Tanak (Ford) 7:23.8 “The time in the car has been good, but actually this stage has been terrible, the corners were far too slow. But it is okay, it is all experience.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h16
    [SS14] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 7:24.4 “There is still work to be done, with a bit more commitment it will come. Just have to work on it.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h14
    [SS14] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 7:23.9 “The car is working really well. For the first time all rally, really comfortable. Good morning. This was particularly slippery for me and at the beginning of the stage I just could not pick my lines.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h12
    [SS14] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 7:26.8 “The line they are using, I try to follow but it is impossible, they must have much more lateral grip. Not understanding why they have so much more traction on these slippy conditions.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h10
    [SS14] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 7:16.7 “Nothing wrong, we were just analysing what we have to do better. I attack and I let it go too much sideways. The first part of the stage went really good. We go now to service, get some coffee and get ready for this afternoon.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h07
    [SS14] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 7:19.0 “Always a bit annoying when you come to a big nice jump and you slow down too much, so many camera people and I slow down too much, it was embarrassing… Where you see people, you know something is going to happen.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h06
    [SS14] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 7:17.7 “I am happy with my loop. I tried.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 11h03
    [SS14] Robert Kubica (Ford) 7:28.6 “All good, the morning has been good for us. Not easy to open the road, you do not see the lines. Now we know a bit more in which direction (set-up) to go, but also the conditions are changing from stage to stage. We are learning a lot this morning and that is good.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h44
    SS14 Horkka (15.59 kilometres) is next and it goes live in 12-minutes
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h42
    [SS13] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 8:31.6 - Big piece out of the front left tyre, the tyre is still inflated - “On a long left, not quite on the pace note, I have not a puncture.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h40
    [SS13] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 8:26.9 “A bit more slippy on this stage. He (Lappi) is going fast.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h38
    [SS13] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 8:19.9 “The feeling is good, so I just let it go. No sense to try to slow down a lot and do a stupid intake.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h36
    [SS13] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 8:27.0 “This one was much better, is okay, we are here.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h34
    [SS13] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 8:17.1 “Nice, really nice stage. Good stage.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h32
    [SS13] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 9:06.0 “So loose, very very loose and so narrow, you just cannot keep the car on the line. Just steady.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h29
    [SS13] Martin Prokop (Ford) 8:20.1 “I try to slow down and find the correct line and speed. Clean stage for me and no moments like before. From here I try to build up a proper driving.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h27
    [SS13] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 8:13.8 “It is not very good pace to be honest. It is slow, it is not good. We want to battle with the front. We need to try to do a little bit better. Try to push hard in some moments through the stage.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h25
    [SS13] Ott Tanak (Ford) 8:03.6 “Quite happy, keep improving and keep changing the notes. Every stage in a WRC is new, it is quite interesting.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h24
    [SS13] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 8:11.4 “It’s not been too bad. Quite difficult in there, quite slippery. These stages are a bit more tricky now. Definitely more to give, just have to work on it.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h22
    [SS13] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 8:00.1 “The times are okay, but I am just enjoying my rhythm. The car is working much better than last year. It is nice to get the experience today. Someone was off somewhere wide into a ditch.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h19
    [SS13] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 8:13.2 “A good stage, but then the guys in front are cutting so much. I was quite disturbed by seeing all these cuts. In the second pass it will be rough.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h18
    [SS13] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 7:59.8 “Absolutely flat out. One place too fast in, before the spectator area, I lost a little bit of rhythm for a moment, otherwise it was fine. You are so much into speed that if you go into a ditch, there is no coming back!”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h16
    [SS13] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 8:03.0 “You can enjoy both parts. Quite tricky, very narrow and twisty stages at some point and autobahn at others. There was some water on the end of the stage, a little bit of a surprise.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h14
    [SS13] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 7:59.7 “There is a big water splash on the last corner. The beginning section was good, quite a lot of loose on this narrow section. Not a bad stage for us.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 10h11
    [SS13] Robert Kubica (Ford) 8:03.4 “On the second part, after the junction, I thought I got a puncture and we went off in one corner.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 09h08
    Next up is SS13 Surkee (14.95 kilometres) and it goes live at 11:03 local time (CET 10:03 / UK 9:03)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 09h07
    [SS12] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 10:42.2 “Was okay.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 09h05
    [SS12] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 10:30.0 - Matches the time of Lappi - “I don’t think he (Lappi) push 100%, but we don’t push 100%. Really enjoy it. It is fun when you have a good stage and the time is good.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 09h03
    [SS12] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 10:30.0 “Car is perfect, driving is really okay, no mistake. Maybe the speed is slightly slower than yesterday.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 09h01
    [SS12] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 10:48.2 “I did have fun. After a straight on a corner we spun, I did a stupid mistake, fortunately nothing bad.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h59
    [SS12] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 10:17.4 “More or less the same as the first one. It is a bit slippy out there, so you need to stay inside. On the inside of the corners is much better grip there. No problems.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h57
    [SS12] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 11:02.7 “It was trickier, my notes on this one were not really (good), it is much shorter.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h55
    [SS12] Martin Prokop (Ford) 10:25.4 “At the beginning of the stage we were really wide, I thought it was over. Finally we managed the corner. Another place we miss the junction and we have to restart the engine. A lot of places we are too fast, too wide. I have to work on it.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h52
    [SS12] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 10:12.4 “Good grip, we try to do better now.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h50
    [SS12] Ott Tanak (Ford) 10:04.5 “Now it is okay. First time in this car in these stages, many places surprising in the notes. We are making it now, making the corrections (to the pace notes).”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h48
    [SS12] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 10:10.1 “I was pretty hesitant in there, particularly at the beginning, I wanted to make sure they (pace notes) were right.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h46
    [SS12] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 10:00.3 “Really good run, the grip was fantastic. Really nice, I am happy. Happy with my rhythm and the car is just working beautifully.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h44
    [SS12] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 10:10.2 “Now I try to make them (windscreen wipers) work with some water and after 5 kilometres in the stage I could not see a lot. This is the first stage where the car was more comfortable to drive. I enjoy a lot.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h42
    [SS12] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 9:59.3 “Seb (Ogier) did a brilliant drive. I felt the road was getting a bit slippy. I was not having the best feeling on this stage. I know I did not do the best performance on this stage.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h40
    [SS12] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 10:03.2 “We have down the game a little bit. I had some wrong information about the stage and it felt very bad in there, not a good set-up.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h38
    [SS12] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 9:55.4 “These conditions are better for us now. This one is damp, no cleaning, first on the road was best, but second is good.” - Adjusted the set-up of the car between stages.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 08h36
    [SS12] Robert Kubica (Ford) 10:05.2 “Different to previous stage, the previous stage was completely dry and this one was more damp. More slippery. All okay for us.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h48
    Next up is SS12 Jukojarvi (21.14 kilometres) which goes live at 9:26 local time (CET 8:26 / UK 7:26)
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h45
    [SS11] Stephane Lefebvre (WRC2 - Citroën) 7:15.8 “In this one, the start is not very good, my rhythm was not very nice. The first one of the day and I try to make better on the next one.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h44
    [SS11] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:06.3 “It is a good start. We wake-up in the morning. For sure I will go fast but no big risk, I need to have focus, the only thing today is to try and attack and not make a stupid mistake.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h41
    [SS11] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 7:07.8 “I just try to keep this kind of rhythm I had now. The car was so perfect to drive. If I can drive like this the whole day it would be perfect, no mistakes, the speed is there.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h39
    [SS11] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 7:11.6 “I had some moment, when you go to relax you have moment as well. Nice wake-up, proper stage, not bad. They (pace notes) start working well now, just get use to these kind of roads.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h37
    [SS11] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 6:58.1 “I changed big the car yesterday and it is different now. Reasonable start.” - Lost a few seconds with a small mistake.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h35
    [SS11] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 7:24.3 “This was a really difficult stage for me this morning. I was really confused as to how fast I can carry the crests.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h33
    [SS11] Martin Prokop (Ford) 7:03.2 - Dent in the rim on the rear left - “I was very wide on one fast corner, we went off the road, we didn’t roll or have anything, we were back on the road okay. Really good grip, better than yesterday. Really nice stage.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h31
    [SS11] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 6:55.3 - Slid wide on a corner, lucky to keep it on the road - “A little bit fast in a hairpin… The feel was good with the car and everything. We need to put a little bit more confidence.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h29
    [SS11] Ott Tanak (Ford) 6:48.4 “The car is running perfect, but it is not so easy with the feeling. I feel so many places where I could be smoother and faster.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h27
    [SS11] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 6:51.5 “It is great fun. Not a bad start for us, places we could have gone better for sure, but it is a good solid start and we can work from that.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h25
    [SS11] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 6:46.3 “I am really happy, I feel I can commit, I can still keep the right foot down. This morning it is working out. Try and keep a good rhythm. The car is beautiful this morning.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h23
    [SS11] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 6:54.5 “It was okay, it was a good clean run. I try to avoid any mistake. We want to keep this position. Try to improve the setting, get more grip.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h21
    [SS11] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 6:45.3 “It was a good stage, I like this stage this way around. I wasn’t sure, I attacked places, I was too early braking and I was thinking ’Is this going to be enough?” It seems we were carrying the speed in the corners even though we were braking.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h19
    [SS11] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 6:48.8 “It was quite okay. I had quite a big moment in the first proper corner of the stage. I was surprised but I managed to adjust the driving after that. We had a good rhythm after that.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h17
    [SS11] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 6:48.7 “It is gong to be difficult today, it is going to be much dryer. A bit wrong with the set-up a little bit too soft this morning. I have to pray for some rain. I could have done better.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h16
    [SS11] Robert Kubica (Ford) 6:53.8 “Very good condition (the road), a bit slippery some places, but okay.”
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h11
    Today we have a loop of four stages done twice providing a total of 131.04 kilometres and unlike yesterday, there is a mid-day service. First stage of the day SS11 Mokkipera (13.84 kilometres) is already live with Robert Kubica already into the test.
  • Sat. 01.08.2015 / 07h10
    Good morning and welcome to day 2 of Neste Rally Finland.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h56
    Tomorrow we have a loop of four stages done twice providing a total of 131.04 kilometres and unlike today, there is a mid-day service. First stage of the day SS11 Mokkipera (13.84 kilometres) gets underway at 8:08 local time (CET 7:08 / UK 6:08).
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h55
    Going into the overnight, the provisional overall classification is: 1-Latvala (Volkswagen-Michelin) 1:16:19.2, 2-Ogier (Volkswagen-Michelin) +2.6, 3-Meeke (Citroën-Michelin) +24.0, 4-Ostberg (Citroën-Michelin) +34.1, 5-Neuville (Hyundai-Michelin) +1:49.6, 6-Sordo (Hyundai-Michelin) +1:52.3, 7-Hanninen (Ford) +2:22.5, 8-Prokop (Ford) +2:46.6, 9-Lappi [WRC2](Skoda-Michelin) +3:18.5, 10-Tanak (Ford-Michelin) +3:30.2
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h53
    [SS10] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 1:46.6 “We are happy to be here, it has been a really long day. Looking forward to tomorrow.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h51
    [SS10] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 1:48.3 “Problem free day, with enjoyable stages. It just could not get any better. It has been just perfect. Rally is not half way, so still long day tomorrow and the mot difficult stage on this rally on Sunday.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h46
    [SS10] Yurii Protasov (WRC2 - Ford) 1:47.4 “Is okay we have finished, it is important for us. We are happy, important for us this finish.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h42
    [SS10] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 1:46.5 “I need more experience, but I am satisfied. We can work and we can go and this is what we need to do.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h40
    [SS10] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 1:47.1 “For sure it is really nice to be here after a long break in a WRC car. I took it a bit carefully today. Now tomorrow is a new day. I will change a bit the car and there is some problem with the engine, I hope they can fix it.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h37
    [SS10] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 1:49.3 “Not really happy with my performance. I was hoping I would gain more confidence for the send loop. Just was difficult, I hope tomorrow is a better day.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h34
    [SS10] Martin Prokop (Ford) 1:45.3 “The morning was really not good as we are jumping all over the road. But it was getting better and better and the last two stages were really good.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h32
    [SS10] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 1:44.7 “Was okay, we are 6th. We try to do a little bit better tomorrow.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h28
    [SS10] Ott Tanak (Ford) 1:45.5 “It has been tricky day. The morning started really well, from the first stage we were really on the pace. It has been really tough to do it all. Okay, we are here now and can fix it and go on tomorrow.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h27
    [SS10] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 1:55.1 “The day started pretty good, then a mistake early on and we have just had to try and get through and not super rally. We have to do our best tomorrow now.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h22
    [SS10] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 1:44.8 “Not the perfect day. You do everything you can to get close to the guys, okay we had an issue today, but I could still drive the car, it wasn’t perfect.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h20
    [SS10] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 1:44.9 “It was not bad. This morning the conditions were slippy and I did not feel comfortable in the car. We have to work on the car and find more grip so that we can control the car and not just throw the car.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h17
    [SS10] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 1:43.9 “I am very happy, the afternoon has gone extremely well. Also, now I was quite happy with my time on this stage.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h13
    [SS10] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 1:45.0 “I was a little bit of a slow starter and after that it has gone better. We have just lost too much time to be in the fight. We will keep up the pressure incase something happens.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 18h09
    [SS10] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 1:43.4 “It has been a great day for me. I gave my best, I struggle like always in Finland. I am very happy with what we have done today, we are very close to the lead.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h20
    Only one more stage today, SS10 Harju (2.27 kilometres), a re-run through the spectator stage from last night. SS10 goes live at 19:00 local time (CET 18:00 / UK 17:00)
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h19
    [SS9] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 3:25.2 “Every stage has been clean run, it is going really quick, The pace is unbelievable.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h16
    [SS9] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 3:25.1 “No problems, a problem free day. The pace has been good. Today we push a bit and tomorrow it is just surviving.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h13
    [SS9] Yurii Protasov (WRC2 - Ford) 3:26.3 “We are happy, good for us. May be not so very fast. Not easy this rally, it is very fast.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h12
    [SS9] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 3:25.9 “We took it easy, it was quite rough. Would be a shame to ruin the day for this stage.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h10
    [SS9] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 3:20.0 “Okay. It was quite deep ruts, for sure I was too careful. The car is behaving well. I was too careful.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h07
    [SS9] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 3:34.9 “The last section very deep ruts.” - Also commented that some rocks had been pulled out onto the road.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h06
    [SS9] Kris Meeke (Citroën) has been given a 10-second penalty for checking in late at the start of SS9
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h06
    [SS9] Martin Prokop (Ford) “It was nice, nice stage. No mistakes in the car, the car is working well. I think there is no big problem. Very good grip.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h04
    [SS9] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 3:16.9 - Still running with a broken exhaust.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 17h01
    [SS9] Ott Tanak (Ford) 3:26.2 “The stages are getting quite rough, too much for our car at the moment. We try to do some good stage times tomorrow.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h58
    [SS9] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 3:48.2 “It has been a difficult afternoon, but we have had no choice but to try and get the car through. It is not the rally we wanted again. But for sure we’ll get it fixed tonight.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h54
    [SS9] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 3:16.9 “Considering our little issue, not bad. It’s bumpy downhill and we really struggled.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h51
    [SS9] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 3:17.5 “The ruts are so deep, I nearly rolled the car on the last hairpin. We were quite lucky. The last hairpin right, it put the car up on 2-wheels.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h49
    [SS9] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 3:13.4 “Good feeling, I got a really nice feeling for the driving now.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h47
    [SS9] Mads Ostberg (Citroën) 3:18.7 “Today has been a difficult day. The speed has been very nice, I am pleased with how it has been going in the stages.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h46
    [SS9] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 3:14.4 “It is not easy, all the loop has been hard. I am very happy, this stage was nearly perfect, I just do the best. Happy with the stage.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h20
    SS9 Himos (5.62 kilometres) is next up and goes live at 17:42 local time (CET 16:42 / UK 15:42)
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h18
    [SS8] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) 16:30.0 “It is a long day, much about survival. This stage is fantastic.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h14
    [SS8] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 16:13.8 “Completely flat out, because of the grip level, it is so much more. You can trust the grip when you throw the car into the corner.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h12
    [SS8] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 16:35.0 “This stage was much better the second pass. We took it easy and this is the way it must go this rally. I am trying to find again my pace.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h10
    [SS8] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 16:04.6 “It was a bit better now than on the first pass. I already have some ideas for tomorrow for the car. We had a lot of fun, it was nice.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h08
    [SS8] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 17:23.0 “The first section we have was quite slippy with the rain. Towards the end this last 10 kilometre where it is narrow, you can take it almost flat out.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h04
    [SS8] Martin Prokop (Ford) 16:12.8 “It was much better. The last 15 kilometres we have some strange noise from the car. We lost a lot of brake on the front.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h02
    [SS8] Ott Tanak (Ford) 16:37.9 “It is pretty difficult, particularly when it is getting rough.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h02
    [SS8] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 16:01.7 “We try to repair but very short time. It is not perfect but it is okay.” - Repair to exhaust.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 16h00
    [SS8] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 18:58.0 “It is not so much the driving, it is about looking after the car. We have come this far so we really need to get to the end.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h53
    [SS8] Kris Meeke (Citroën) 15:42.5 “Something still not right with the car, caught me by surprise n the first pass through. I just have to be tentative, but focuses the mind, that is for sure.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h51
    [SS8] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 15:55.0 “It’s okay, I am driving not too bad. I am quite happy with this one. On the second pass it is smoother and a lot more driving through the line.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h49
    [SS8] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 15:36.8 “I never done this stage as fast as I have done today… I was almost scared carrying so much speed of some of the jumps.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h47
    [SS8] Mads Ostberg (Citroën)15:43.7 “It is feeling very nice, really enjoy myself and really have a good feeling with the car.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h45
    [SS8] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 15:42.2 “Clean run, but the line are not good. Cannot go for more. Really pleased , on the first loop is not a problem (running first on the road), on the second loop is a problem when you follow the national rally.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h22
    A re-run of the Ouninpohja stage is next. SS8 goes live in 8-minutes.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h20
    [SS7] Pontus Tideman (WRC2 - Skoda) “Is good stage. I should try to take risks but I want to end this day.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h17
    [SS7] Esapekka Lappi (WRC2 - Skoda) 11:03.6 “If the time is okay, I don’t care…”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h15
    [SS7] Yurii Protasov (WRC2 - Ford) 11:29.4 “It is okay, second pass is much more better. I know my pace notes now and I am pushing.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h14
    [SS7] Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford) 11:18.3 “Was much better, I start to get a bit of confidence but I still want to finish the day without problems.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h11
    [SS7] Juho Hanninen (Ford) 10:55.7 “It was again really nice stage, no big problem. It was sometime raining and sometime not.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h09
    [SS7] Kahlid Al Qassimi (Citroën) 11:50.8 “It is getting better, the only thing is that there was one section with a little bit of rain, the car was sliding.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h06
    [SS7] Martin Prokop (Ford) 10:55.4 “It was quit okay, but at the beginning of the stage we had really heavy rain, it was difficult to see. It was much better than in the morning and I trust the pace notes more.”
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h05
    [SS7] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 10:51.9 “I think something is broken…” - Car is very noisy, sounds like the exhaust may be broken.
  • Fri. 31.07.2015 / 15h02
    [SS7] Ott Tanak (Ford) 11:11.1 “Still all the same.” - Has a broken damper.
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