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WRC Rally Poland: Lithuanian stages cancelled due to conditions

Andreas Mikkelsen, Rally Poland 2014

Rally Poland's second loop of stages in Lithuania has been cancelled due to the condition of the roads.

The event transferred across the border for four of Friday's seven stages, but the Kapciamiestis and Margionys tests in Lithuania both developed large ruts after the first few cars on their morning running.

Drivers further down the order complained that the roads, which had a soft, sandy surface, were becoming impossible to drive.

Kris Meeke, seventh in the start order, was among the most vociferous critics.

"The road's f***ing destroyed," said the Citroen driver. "There are ruts a foot deep after seven cars.

"Sometimes the leader gets disadvantaged by cleaning the road, here it's us getting disadvantaged by the ruts. It's so frustrating when there's nothing you can do."

There were immediately concerns that the problem would worsen when the 65-car field returned for the afternoon loop.

After inspecting the stages shortly before the second loop was due to commence, FIA safety delegate Jacek Bartos ruled that the combination of the rutted surface and large crowds was too dangerous.

Crews are now heading back to Poland for the final two stages of the day, which begin at 7.15pm local time.

Sebastien Ogier leads the rally by 1.5 seconds over Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

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