Neste Oil Rally Finland

31st July 2014 - 3rd August 2014

Neste Oil Rally Finland
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 One of the fastest events on the WRC calendar where pace notes and driver commitment at this level must be utmost right from the first stage.


Event Updates

  • Craig forced to retire.

    Craig has had to retire from WRC Rally Finland with back injury recieved over a crest on SS24
  • SS24

    Another early start in Finland this morning and Craig arrived at the end of the first stage complaining of back pain after a heavy landing over a jump.

    SS24 6.79km
    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +1.6
    Meeke +4.5
    Hanninen +4.8
    Mikkelsen +4.9
    Evans +8.1
    Hirvonen +8.7
    Kubica +9.4
    Solberg +14.6
    Breen +15.5
    Paddon +25.0
  • Day 4 is GO

    SS24 is Live
  • Day 4 Schedule

    Only 3 Stages remain.

    SS24 Ruuhimäki 1- 6.79km 09:25
    SS25 Myhinpää - 23.02km 10:43
    SS26 Ruuhimäki 2 (Power Stage)
    6.79km 13:08
  • SS23 Interview Day End

  • SS23

    SS23 10.01km
    Craig lucky to escape a puncture after hitting a rock.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Meeke +4.3
    Mikkelsen +5.3
    Latvala +6.5
    Hirvonen +7.4
    Paddon +8.5
    Hanninen +9.1
    Kubica +14.0
    Evans +14.1
    Breen +16.6
    Solberg +16.7

    Latvala leads overnight by 3.4 seconds ahead of Ogier, Meeke 3rd 29 seconds back, Mikkelsen 4th, Hirvonen 5th, Craig 9th

    3 Stages remain tomorrow.
  • SS22 Interview

  • SS22

    SS22 4.45k

    Ogier FASTEST
    Mikkelsen +1.0
    Meeke +2.7
    Latvala +2.9
    Hirvonen +4.1
    Hanninen +4.8
    Kubica +5.8
    Paddon +6.5
    Evans +6.7
    Breen +7.4
    Solberg +9.0

    Latvala lead down to 9.9 seconds.
  • SS21 Interview

  • SS21

    SS21 14.95km
    Craig getting great encouragement from the amount of Irish flags on the stage.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Meeke +5.1
    Latvala +7.3
    Mikkelsen +7.5
    Paddon +10.2
    Hanninen +12.1
    Hirvonen +16.7
    Kubica +18.1
    Evans +19.2
    Breen +22.4
    Solberg +32.7

    Latvala brake has trouble.
  • SS20 Interview

  • SS20

    SS20 21.93km
    Rocks surfacing on the driving line this time through.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Meeke +3.2
    Mikkelsen +10.7
    Latvala +11.0
    Hanninen +13.4
    Paddon +13.4
    Kubica +22.5
    Evans +23.3
    Hirvonen +24.7
    Breen +30.3
    Solberg +36.8
  • SS19 Interview

  • SS19

    Ostberg retired in service with roll cage damage after heavy impact with a rock on the previous stage.

    SS19 13.84km
    Craig feeling things are starting to click.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +1.2
    Meeke +1.4
    Mikkelsen +4.1
    Hirvonen +5.7
    Hanninen +8.0
    Paddon +10.2
    Kubica +14.9
    Breen +17.2
    Evans +25.0
    Solberg +53.3

    Craig moves up to 9th O/A
  • Service Now

    Service Now
  • SS18 Interview

  • SS18

    SS18 10.01km
    Craig really enjoying the more familiar stages, the pace will come he says.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +1.7
    Mikkelsen +1.7
    Ostberg +2.6
    Meeke +6.0
    Hirvonen +6.5
    Hanninen +8.2
    Paddon +10.3
    Evans +10.8
    Kubica +14.6
    Breen +15.7
    Solberg +16.0

    Latvala leads overall by 29.9 seconds over Ogier, Meeke 3rd 13.5 back, Craig 10th.

    SERVICE NOW
  • SS17 Interview

  • SS17

    SS17 4.45km
    Very slippy in parts.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Latvala +0.8
    Mikkelsen +1.5
    Ostberg +2.3
    Meeke +4.7
    Hirvonen +4.7
    Hanninen +6.2
    Evans +6.8
    Kubica +7.1
    Paddon +7.4
    Breen +9.4
    Solberg +12.1
  • SS16 Interview

  • SS16

    SS16 14.95km
    Craig saying he was more confident through that having driven it before.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +4.1
    Mikkelsen +4.5
    Meeke +5.5
    Ostberg +6.1
    Hirvonen +9.6
    Paddon +15.0
    Hanninen +16.6
    Evans +19.3
    Kubica +28.7
    Solberg +31.5
    Breen +32.9
  • SS15 Interview

  • SS15

    SS15 23.93km
    Craig much happier with his driving through that, continuing to learn.
    Ogier retakes 2nd O/A.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +0.3
    Meeke +4.3
    Mikkelsen +5.7
    Ostberg +5.9
    Hirvonen +9.7
    Hanninen +14.9
    Evans +18.3
    Paddon +20.7
    Kubica +29.1
    Solberg +36.4
    Breen +43.1
  • SS14 Interview

  • SS14

    SS14 13.84km
    Craig had a scare on landing over a crest, nose diving the car.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Mikkelsen +3.1
    Ogier +3.3
    Meeke +4.0
    Hirvonen +6.5
    Ostberg +6.8
    Hanninen +9.5
    Paddon +11.3
    Evans +12.8
    Kubica +20.5
    Solberg +21.9
    Breen +27.5
  • DAY 3 Schedule

    SS14 Mökkiperä 1 - 13.84km 08:08
    SS15 Jukojärvi 1 - 21.93km 09:06
    SS16 Surkee 1 - 14.95km 10:43
    SS17 Himos 1 - 4.45km 12:11
    SS18 Leustu 1 - 10.01km 12:44
    SS19 Mökkiperä 2 - 13.84km 15:20
    SS20 Jukojärvi 2 - 21.93km 16:18
    SS21 Surkee 2 - 14.95km 17:55
    SS22 Himos 2 - 4.45km 19:23
    SS23 Leustu 2 - 10.01km 19:56

    All times are Local
  • SS13 Interview

  • SS13

    SS13 2.27km Harju Special.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Latvala +0.3
    Mikkelsen +0.5
    Meeke +0.6
    Ostberg +1.3
    Hirvonen +2.8
    Hanninen +3.2
    Evans +3.4
    Solberg +3.7
    Paddon +4.0
    Breen +4.9

    Latvala leads over night by 19.7 seconds over Meeke, Ogier only 1.6 seconds back in 3rd, Craig 10th.
  • SS12 Interview

  • SS12

    SS12 7.7km

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ostberg +0.5
    Hirvonen +0.9
    Meeke +1.1
    Ogier +1.5
    Mikkelsen +2.4
    Hanninen +3.5
    Paddon +5.2
    Evans +6.9
    Breen +8.6
    Solberg +8.7

    Craig said he feels he’s progressing now that yesterday was like starting his driving career all over again.
  • SS11 Interview

  • SS11

    SS11 20.51km
    Craig saying it was very rough in parts.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Mikkelsen +1.0
    Meeke +3.7
    Hirvonen +6.8
    Ogier +8.3
    Ostberg +8.4
    Hanninen +12.0
    Paddon +14.3
    Evans +17.6
    Breen +30.5
    Solberg +33.0

    Meeke takes 2nd from Ogier by 1.8 seconds.
  • SS10 Interview

  • SS10 Craig moves up

    SS 10 23.38km Craig much quicker this time through, happy to keep learning.
    Solberg puncture.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Meeke +2.0
    Ostberg +2.4
    Ogier +4.0
    Mikkelsen +6.7
    Hanninen +8.2
    Evans +13.9
    Paddon +14.1
    Hirvonen +16.5
    Prokop +27.6
    Breen +29.6

    Craig up to 11th overall.
  • SS9 Interview

  • SS9

    Neuville retired at service due to damaged rollcage from an earlier incident.
    SS9 14.51km Craig has a close encounter with a moose.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Meeke +0.1
    Latvala +0.6
    Hanninen +1.6
    Hirvonen +2.1
    Ostberg +2.6
    Mikkelsen +4.2
    Evans +5.7
    Solberg +16.8
    Breen +20.5
    Prokop +23.4
  • SS8 Interview

  • SS8

    SS8 7.70km
    Ogier FASTEST
    Latvala +0.9
    Meeke +1.0
    Ostberg +1.3
    Hirvonen +2.7
    Mikkelsen +2.9
    Hanninen +4.4
    Solberg +4.7
    Paddon + 6.2
    Evans +6.3
    Neuville +7.3
    Prokop +7.9
    Breen +9.4
    Latvala leads Ogier
    overall by 8.4 seconds, Meeke 3rd +13.1, Craig 13th

    SERVICE NOW
  • SS7 Interview

  • SS7

    SS7 20.51km
    Craig admits he is struggling with the pace in front,saying its just nothing like he is used to.

    Meeke FASTEST
    Hirvonen +0.9
    Latvala +1.2
    Mikkelsen +3.0
    Ostberg +3.4
    Ogier +4.4
    Evans +11.1
    Paddon +13.2
    Solberg +18.5
    Neuville +21.8
    Prokop +22.4
    Breen +32.8
    Hanninen +44.3
  • SS6

    SS6 23.38km
    Very fast stage, drivers really enjoying it. Hanninen Rolls but completes stage.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +0.4
    Meeke +2.1
    Paddon +4.7
    Ostberg +6.0
    Hirvonen +7.1
    Mikkelsen +9.6
    Evans +14.0
    Neuville +19.3
    Prokop +24.1
    Solberg +32.0
    Breen +46.9
    Hanninen +1.09.4
  • SS5 Interview

  • SS5

    A sunny day in Finland, driving conditions are much better.

    SS5 14.51km.
    Kubica off in the stage.
    Latvala FASTEST
    Hanninen +0.4
    Ogier +1.2
    Paddon +2.6
    Meeke +2.9
    Hirvonen +4.1
    Neuville +7.8
    Evans +8.7
    Mikkelsen +9.7
    Ostberg +11.6
    Prokop +14.9
    Solberg +17.1
    Breen +17.8

    Craig moves up to 13th overall.
  • Day 2 Schedule

    SS5 Pihlajakoski 1 - 14.51km 09:18
    SS6 Päijälä 1 - 23.38km 10:26
    SS7 Kakaristo 1 - 20.51km 11:24
    SS8 Painaa - 1 7.70km - 12:42

    SERVICE 13:53

    SS9 Pihlajakoski 2 - 14.51km 15:56
    SS10 Päijälä 2 - 23.38km 17:04
    SS11 Kakaristo 2 - 20.51km 18:02
    SS12 Painaa 2 - 7.70km 19:20
    SS13 Harju 2 - 2.27km 20:30

    All times are Local.
  • Craig 14th Overnight

    Craig 14th Overnight
  • SS4 Interview

  • SS4

    SS4 2.27km Harju Special.

    Ogier FASTEST
    Latvala +0.8
    Meeke +1.2
    Ostberg +2.0
    Mikkelsen +2.2
    Neuville +2.3
    Hirvonen +2.8
    Hanninen +3.9
    Evans +4.1
    Kubica +4.5
    Solberg +5.5
    Prokop +5.7
    Paddon +6.1
    Breen +6.1

    Latvala leads Ogier overnight by 4.4 second, Meeke 3rd +9.1, Craig 14th.

    Craig happy overall with his day, "Getting there stage by stage"
  • SS3 Interview

  • SS3

    SS3 23.44km
    Rough in parts. Craig finishes with a soft front left tyre.

    Ogier & Latvala joint FASTEST
    Meeke +1.2
    Mikkelsen +7.0
    Hirnonen +9.5
    Ostberg +10.8
    Neuville +11.6
    Hanninen +16.2
    Paddon +18.1
    Kubica +19.6
    Prokop +22.6
    Evans +27.3
    Solberg +44.0
    Breen +45.0
  • SS2 Interview

  • SS2

    SS2 10.36km
    Craig much happier with his run through that one.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Ogier +2.2
    Hanninen +3.2
    Meeke +5.0
    Mikkelsen +5.6
    Solberg +6.4
    Ostberg +7.2
    Hirvonen +7.2
    Kubica +7.5
    Neuville +9.0
    Paddon +9.2
    Evans +15.2
    Prokop +15.5
    Breen +16.4

    Overall: Latvala/Ogier/Meeke, Craig 15th
  • SS1 Interview

  • SS1

    SS1 23.44 km
    Rain for some drivers. Craig happy to get through it, very difficult to find a rhythm.

    Latvala FASTEST
    Meeke +2.6
    Ogier +3.1
    Hanninen +4.6
    Hirvonen +7.7
    Ostberg +11.7
    Mikkelsen +13.2
    Neuville +16.7
    Prokop +26.4
    Nikara +26.8
    Evans +29.0
    Paddon +33.4.

    Craig 15th +54.4
  • It's here!

    Very shortly Craig will begin his second WRC Rally of 2014 at the Neste Oils Rally Finland.
    Earlier today he and Scott went 15th fastest on the shakedown stage, 8.4 seconds down on fastest man Jari-Matti Latvala.
    SS1 goes live at 16.08 Local Time
  • Finland Test Day 2 Incar

  • Friday Test Compilation

  • Friday Test

  • Testing begins in Finland

    Testing begins in Finland

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