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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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  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h22
    [SS7] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) "Yes I enjoyed the day but this last stage was difficult - I think we had suspension damage. I have little experience on gravel so not very fast"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h22
    [SS7] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) "Most important thing is keeping the right rhythm and set-up of the car. We went a bit wide at the end. But overall it went okay"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h19
    [SS7] Robert Kubica (Ford) "It has been a good day. My rear tyres are completely gone and the last part of the stage was very narrow. We span in a narrow part of the stage. To be honest I would not expect miracles tomorrow"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h12
    [SS7] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) "This stage doesn't like me. I had a full spin towards the end and had to do a four-point turn to get back facing the right way. I think I got a puncture or a break in the rear suspension at the end. We're moving in the right direction though. Tomorrow's going to be a big challenge but we're looking forward to it"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h09
    [SS7] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) "This stage was very good but it was difficult to keep the car on the road because it was very slippery. I'm happy that it is tarmac stages tomorrow"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h07
    [SS7] Martin Prokop (Ford) "The stage went okay, the first part was good. On the tarmac I was trying to go faster than this morning. Much better than in the morning but quite a lot of mistakes at the end of the stage"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h06
    [SS7] Elfyn Evans (Ford) - Retired from the day
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h05
    [SS7] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) "What can I say? We lost a lot of time at the end. We got caught in the dust from Thierry. We have to focus on staying on the road"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 16h04
    [SS7] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) - Bodywork damage on rear right. "I got distracted by dust in the car and went a bit wide. We got a puncture towards the end and had to change the tyre at the beginning of the tarmac section. The car is running a bit sideways, I don't think it's a big issue"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h54
    [SS7] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) "I'm quite happy with that stage aswell. Really happy with the day and let's see what happens tomorrow"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h51
    [SS7] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) "The next test on gravel is very very important. Ogier had a fantastic time, I have no idea how he does it. We just don't have the speed"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h51
    [SS7] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "Not happy, I tried to push maybe too much in this stage. Clean stage, though, no problems. Still a long rally to go"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h48
    [SS7] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) "Really great day, I'm really happy. We pushed so hard and it's paid off. That was perfect and I want to thank the team. It's been a really good day"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h34
    [SS7] First car through SS7 Terra Alta
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h16
    [SS7] SS7 Terra Alta is now live
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h15
    The next stage is SS7 Terra Alta which goes live at 15:22 local time (CET)
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h14
    [SS6] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) "Not a lot of a grip. In 2 or 3 corners I was struggling with the rhythm. Looking forward to the next stage"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h06
    [SS6] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) "It's much quicker than the first time around, without the dust. There's more feeling with the car"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h03
    [SS6] Robert Kubica (Ford) "Good stage time for us and nice timing. But it's not easy"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 15h01
    [SS6] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) "The grip was quite good but very hard on the tyres. We've got a couple more tyres to change on to now"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h59
    [SS6] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) "We had the wrong minute for the start line. We waited at the start line for one minute. I pushed very hard, the car is really good. We'll try to make up the time"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h53
    [SS6] Martin Prokop (Ford) "Yeah I'm happy, I'm driving well. Not pushing though, I was trying to save the tyres. I enjoyed the stage, we were driving very consistent and very calm"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h52
    [SS6] Elfyn Evans (Ford) - Stopped in stage
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h51
    [SS6] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) "It was a good stage. Had quite a clean run, no mistakes. Rhythm was quite good as well. I'm trying to be a bit careful on these two stages so we have good tyres for the last one"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h46
    [SS6] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) "Big push, I tried to give it a good run, keep the pedal on the metal. It's my first time coming here and I'm really comfortable with my pace notes so I can push quite hard"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h43
    [SS6] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) "I think that was a really really good drive. That's the best I can do at the moment. A little bit worried about the tyres but going to go for it and see how long they last"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h39
    [SS6] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "Pushed very hard in this stage. Not short on tyres, I am perfect"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h37
    [SS6] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) "Yes a little bit happier but not the way I wanted. Sometimes you don't feel right, but the car is very good. No dust problems this afternoon"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h36
    [SS6] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) "Yeah it was a really good stage. Not really conserving tyres at the moment, trying to drive faster. I guess we'll be okay with the tyres"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h34
    [SS6] First car through SS6 Pesells 2
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h28
    [SS5] Robert Kubica (Ford) "It started very well. But I think we had some issues again after the start. I was getting huge misfires and problems with the upshift"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h25
    [SS5] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) "A lot more grip through the stage this time around. The balance of the car is great. We're pushing but we're not taking any unnecessary risks"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h22
    [SS5] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) "The car is completely different. I changed suspension, made the springs harder. I have taken two spare tyres this afternoon, so I can go for maximum attack"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h19
    [SS5] Martin Prokop (Ford) "It went well, so maybe we can still make up the time difference. This stage was okay, it was dry. First time on gravel with these tyres. Let's see how it goes in the next stage"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h17
    [SS5] Elfyn Evans (Ford) - Moving in stage again
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h17
    [SS5] Elfyn Evans (Ford) Rear right puncture. "We just went wide, we hit something"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h16
    [SS5] Elfyn Evans (Ford) - Stopped in SS5
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h15
    [SS5] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) "I drive careful for the moment. But tyres are great and rhythm is quite good. Im happy"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h10
    [SS5] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) "I was on the maximum I think. There is some wear on the tyres in the front on this stage, now I have to put on the new ones for the next two long stages. Now I have to push. Hopefully my tyre strategy is working"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h06
    [SS5] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) "The corners could have been better. It is really hot and I have to be a little bit careful with the tyres"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 14h01
    [SS5] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) "Everything is better this afternoon. Not the best feeling but better"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 13h12
    [SS5] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) "There is much more grip than this morning here. It's been a very agressive stage for the tyres. I tried to drive a clean stage, not drive too aggressively"
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h22
    Ogier fastest, Neuville +8.5 and Ostberg +11.9 - Break now while the crews go for regroup and service. SS5 re-run of Gandes stage (7 kilometres) and goes live at 13:54 local time (CET)
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h08
    [SS3] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) "I have dust in the car and outside. I couldn't see anything. I had to drive in four gears. It was a good learning experience for me."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h07
    [SS3] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) Dramatic stage for Paddon. "Pushed a litte hard on the first corner, we spun and hit a bank. We had two punctures so we had to stop to change them. Luckily we had two spares." - Lost over five minutes.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 11h01
    [SS3] Robert Kubica (Ford) "It is a bit better, really used the tyres on the tarmac section, so it was really slippery the last section of the stage."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h59
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) Did not start stage due to double puncture on the previous stage. Looks like he is out for the day.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h55
    [SS3] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) "A little better than the first stages. The car is a little bit better, but I can't drive the car like I want."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h52
    [SS3] Martin Prokop (Ford) "Very difficult to find a driving rythem and a grip. I am still struggling with the car."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h49
    [SS3] Elfyn Evans (Ford) "it's been difficult for sure. There has been a couple of mistakes. Hopefully, we will do better this afternoon. There has been some issues with the dust but we have come through."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h46
    [SS3] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) "The stage went quite well. The dust was still a problem. I lost a time because I had to reverse at some point, it cost me some time, but overall we did well."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h42
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "Struggling to see, not easy when the conditions are like this. There is no way to go when the conditions are like this." -The dust is still causing problem.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h40
    [SS3] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) "It is unbelievable, we are stuck in the dust behind. It is very difficult. Even in the tarmac section, with the dust I couldn't really see."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h36
    [SS3] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) "It was really difficult,I may have done better than the others, but I am still having a problem with the dust. It is a real problem for me.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h33
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) "struggling to see, not easy when the conditions are like this. there is no way to go when the conditions are like this." -the dust is still causing problem.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h30
    [SS3] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) "The car has not been good to drive today. I have been really struggling. I have not been happy with the car. " - Lost a lot of time on the stage.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 10h27
    [SS3] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) "It was the same, luckily with this one there was a bit of tarmac in the middle, but mostly it was the same as the last stage. I will keep on pushing."
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h55
    [SS3] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) “It was very difficult, we had to cut off a lot of places. I used the glasses because the sun was very low, and I thought it would help.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h52
    [SS3] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) “It is very dusty, nothing to look. We managed to stay on the road.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h47
    [SS3] Robert Kubica (Ford) 15:32.9 “It was a very difficult stage when the sun is low, I couldn’t really see.” - Double difficulty also a bit of haze inside of the car.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h44
    [SS3] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 15:26.6 - Fastest so far - “Maybe Christmas has come early! It was scary, but John (co-driver) send before the stage to trust the notes. It is still quite slippery but it is cleaning.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h42
    [SS3] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 15:43.6 “Really, really bad, impossible to see.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h37
    [SS3] Martin Prokop (Ford) 15:58.2 “It was horrible… All the time, the problem was to find the road and find the braking points. We were driving slowly on the long straights trying to find the corners.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h36
    [SS3] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 15:44.8 “Very bad, really bad dust in there. Couldn’t get it stopped…” Had a brief off.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h34
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 20:17.2 - Front left puncture and rear right puncture - “We have had a bad stage in here, a double puncture so I don’t think we are going much further…”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h29
    [SS3] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 15:36.6 “Too long ( held up by Meeke). I got all the way up to him…” Not happy after being held up by team-mate Meeke.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h28
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Moving again
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h27
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Stopped in the stage 19 kilometres into the stage
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h25
    [SS3] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 15:30.2 “It is really bad condition, you cannot see, even if my pace notes were completely right.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h24
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Dropping time on the splits, already 22.1 seconds down on Ogier at 16 kilometers
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h21
    [SS3] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 15:32.3 “There is so much dust it is difficult to see in places., lets see how it is for the boys behind.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h18
    [SS3] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) “I don’t see anything… The car is feeling nice.” - Problems with the dust.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h17
    [SS3] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 15:30.7 “The dust is quite heavy one. I am struggling with the car on the turn in” - Not happy
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h16
    [SS3] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 15:28.7 - Happy enough with his performance.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h15
    [SS3] Kris Meeke (Citroen) - Has started the stage a minute later than expected… A problem?
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h13
    Meeke fastest, Ostberg +1.5 and Nevuille +1.6 - Overall Mikkelsen holds lead, with Meeke and Neuville chasing.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h09
    [SS2] Robert Kubica (Ford) 4:29.2 “Pace notes are not so good… All okay.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h07
    [SS2] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 4:28.3 “Quite slippy in there, the second half is cleaning up, but the first half is quite slippery.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h06
    [SS2] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 4:31.6 “The time is not so good, I hoped to do better but it is like this for the moment.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h01
    [SS2] Martin Prokop (Ford) “It was very slippery, I had very bad grip on the rear. I expect more grip, really tricky.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 09h00
    SS3 is now live...
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h57
    [SS2] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 4:28.6 “Less grip than expected, I was a bit wide in places, a bit untidy.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h54
    [SS2] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 4:27.8 “I can see the line, it is getting faster and faster. Quite a nice stage. Enjoyable morning.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h52
    [SS2] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 4:26.3 “Was nice, very slippery off the line. I have to make best use of it (road position) while I’m here.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h49
    [SS2] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 4:27.9 “My car is okay, everything is fine. It is very slippy and we are sliding around. There are no lines yet.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h46
    [SS2] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 4:30.9 “It seemed to go alright. Don’t really have any traction. Now I wish I had been on the softer spring. At some point I think if we had softer spring there would have been more traction.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h43
    [SS2] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) 4:29.2 “Everything is fine. It is a bit dusty to see sometimes. It is getting better for sure (line). I was missing some fuel, we had only a bit but we thought it was safe to push bit.” - Pushed the car into service this morning due to shortage of fuel.
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h41
    [SS2] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 4:32.3 - Clipped a rock in the dust - “There was quite a lot of dust in the beginning of the stage and I did not see it, I touched a rock. It was a very difficult rhythm, I did not have a rhythm on the stage.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h40
    [SS2] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 4:30.6 “For sure the grip is to so good. I am happy, I done a good stage. There is a lot of wind, normally there is a lot of dust in the gravel section, but not today.”
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h38
    The first stage of the day SS2 Gandesa (7.0 kilometres) is already underway with Ogier into the test
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h37
    Today we have 6 gravel special stages before the cars are re-equipped and set-up for 2 days of tarmac
  • Fri. 24.10.2014 / 08h36
    Good morning and welcome to gravel day of Rally de Espana the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2014
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h58
    That is it for today and the opener for Rally de Espana. Tomorrow is the gravel day of the rally with 138.54 kilometres before the re-fit of the cars into tarmac spec. The first stage of the day, SS2 Gandesa (7.00 kilometres) gets underway at 8:33 local time (CET)
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h54
    [SS1] Sebastien Ogier (Volkswagen) 3:40.9 “The real start is tomorrow. Was an okay stage for us, not so much risk. It is a great place to start the rally.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h50
    [SS1] Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) 3:42.2 “Was a very demanding stage, I think the car seas performing well. A few places I was hesitating. I will lose on this stage.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h47
    [SS1] Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) 3:39.1 “I think there is more. I am happy with that, tomorrow will be an interesting day running early on the road. I still think we have a better tyre this year to cope with the distance than last year.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h44
    [SS1] Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) 3:45.0 “Time was not so bad, but it was good fun. I had fun.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h41
    [SS1] Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) 3:42.0 “Quite a good run. Small lost time in the donut, I tried it in second gear, I maybe lost out in second. My feeling is good, I want to have again a good weekend. We are going to try and give it a little push.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h39
    [SS1] Kris Meeke (Citroen) 3:43.1 “Good for the sport to come to a famous capital and bring it to the people. Definitely did not want to make any mistakes.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h38
    [SS1] Elfyn Evans (Ford) 3:49.5 “Trying to be careful, it is a tricky little stage. Did not have a lot of grip on the front end, not too tidy.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h37
    [SS1] Martin Prokop (Ford) 3:46.3 “It was fantastic stage, very nice. If you were not limited by the tyres (gravel tyres) it would be good fun. We manage the stage quite clear and ready for tomorrow.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h37
    [SS1] Mads Ostberg (Citroen) 3:43.7 “Fantastic stage, I think my favourite spectator stage. So many people… This scene is fantastic”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Robert Kubica (Ford) 3:48.2 “It was not easy, on tarmac with gravel tyres, is not easy. I did not judge properly the grip. It really is not easy.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) 3:47.5 “Quite enjoyed this supper special. The grip is very consistent all the way. A lot of smoke and have a lot of fun.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h36
    [SS1] Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 3:42.7 “Really nice. After the hairpins, we do not have power in first gear.” - Problems with 1st gear.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h35
    [SS1] Khalid Al Qassimi (Citroen) 3:57.0 “A lot of sideways, a lot of action, I enjoyed it.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h35
    [SS1] Yuriy Protasov (Ford) 3:51.2 “Very slow stage and very slippery.”
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h34
    The first stage is already underway with drivers into the test.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h33
    Welcome to Spain and Rally de Espana the penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 18h33
    Tonight we have a short opening stage in Barcelona (3.20 kilometres) before three days of dull on rally action. Rally de Espana is a mixed surface event with Friday on gravel and Saturday/Sunday on tarmac.
  • Thu. 23.10.2014 / 12h23
    Welcome to RallyRACC- Rally de Espana, penultimate round of 2014 WRC
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