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WRC 2017, Round 10/13 ADAC Rallye Deutschland (August 17/20)

WRC 2017

Round 9, Rallye Deutshcland

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Timetabe

Thursday 17 August

8:00-13:30 Shakedown Eiweiler – 4,09 km
12:00 Meet the Crews’, Service Park,
12:30 FIA Pre-event Press Conference, Press Room
17:15 Opening Ceremony and driver presentation
18:00 Autograph session, P1 drivers
19:08 SS 1 Saarbrücken – 2,05 km
20:25 Overnight Parc Fermé & Technical Zone
23:30 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 2,05 km (Liaison 53,29 km, Total 55,34 km)

Sunrise 6:27 / Sunset 20:43

Friday 18 August

8:23 Service A (Bostalsee) – 15 min
9:23 SS 2 Wadern – Weiskirchen 1 – 9,27 km
10:46 SS 3 Mittelmosel 1 – 22,00 km
11:31 SS 4 Grafschaft 1 – 18,35 km
13:09 SS 5 Wadern – Weiskirchen 2 – 9,27 km
14:29 Service B (Bostalsee) – 30 min
16:17 SS 6 Mittelmosel 2 – 22,00 km
17:02 SS 7 Grafschaft 2 – 18,35 km
18:40 SS 8 Wadern – Weiskirchen 3 – 9,27 km
19:40 Flexi Service C (Bostalsee) – 48 min
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park during the 45′ service
20:28 Parc Fermé (Bostalsee)
23:30 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 108,51 km (Liaison 333,10 km, Total 441,61 km)

Sunrise 6:29 / Sunset 20:41

Saturday 19 August

8:00 Service D (Bostalsee) – 15 min
9:11 SS 9 Arena Panzerplatte 1 – 2,87 km
9:31 SS 10 Panzerplatte 1 – 41,97 km
10.29 Tyre Fitting Zone (Birkenfeld)
11:10 SS 11 Freisen 1 – 14,78 km
12:08 SS 12 Römerstraße 1 – 12,28 km
12:48 Regroup and autograph session, St Wendel
13:50 Service E (Bostalsee) – 30 min
15:16 SS 13 Arena Panzerplatte 2 – 2,87 km
15:29 SS 14 Arena Panzerplatte 3 – 2,87 km
15:49 SS 15 Panzerplatte 2 – 41,97 km
16:47 Tyre Fitting Zone (Birkenfeld)
17:28 SS 16 Freisen 2 – 14,78 km
18:26 SS 17 Römerstraße 2 – 12,28 km
19:27 Flexi Service F (Bostalsee) – 48 min
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park during the 45′ service
20:15 Parc Fermé (Bostalsee)
23:15 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 146,67 km (Liaison 292,61 km, Total 439,80 km)

Sunrise 6:30 / Sunset 20:39

Sunday 20 August

6:25 Service D (Bostalsee) – 15 min
7:25 SS 18 Losheim am See 1 – 13,02 km
8:46 SS 19 St. Wendeler Land 1 – 12,95 km
9:13 Regroup, Bostalsee
10:28 SS 20 Losheim am See 2 – 13,02 km
10:51 Regroup, Losheim
12:18 SS 21 St. Wendeler Land 2 (Power Stage) – 12,95 km
13:00 Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Service Park
13:45 FIA Press Conference, Media Centre

Competitive distance: 51,94 km (Liaison 176,04 km, Total 228,50 km)

Sunrise 6:32 / Sunset 20:37

all times local

Rally total:
21 special stages
Special Stages total: 309,17 km (26,5 %) = the percentage of the total distance of special stages
Liaison 855,04 km
Route total: 1165,25 km

Testing

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team:

Kris Meeke, Germany 4.-5.8.2017

Craig Breen, Germany 2.8.2017

Andreas Mikkelsen, Germany 3.8.2017

Andreas Mikkelsen & Craig Breen, Germany 6.8.2017

Hyundai Motorsport:

Hayden Paddon, Germany 2.8.2017

Thierry Neuville, Germany 4.8.2017

Thierry Neuville, Germany 1.8.2017

Thierry Neuville, Germany 10.7.2017

Dani Sordo, Germany 3.8.2017

M-Sport World Rally Team:

Sébastien Ogier, Germany (Ensch) 11.8.2017

Ott Tänak, Germany 10.8.2017

Elfyn Evans, Germany (Burgen) 9.8.2017

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team:

Jari-Matti Latvala, Germany (Trittenheim) 8.-9.8.2017

https://twitter.com/JariMattiWRC/status/895362153758302208

Juho Hänninen, Germany (Baumholder) 23.7.2017

https://twitter.com/eWRCresults/status/889219739201024001

Esapekka Lappi, Germany (Gusenburg) 11.8.2017

ŠKODA Motorsport:

Pontus Tidemand, Germany 21.-22.6.2017

https://twitter.com/PontusTidemand/status/877848286572433408

J-Motorsport:

Emil Bergkvist, Germany 14.8.2017

https://twitter.com/emilbergkvist1/status/896984664820383744

Tagai Rally Technology:

Quentin Gilbert & Łukasz Pieniążek, Germany 13.8.2017

CHL Sport Auto:

Raphaël Astier & Taisko Lario, Germany 14.8.2017

https://twitter.com/ChlSport/status/896989117640323073

Preview

The 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders to Rallye Deutschland.

The 35th edition of Rallye Deutschland returns to the Saarland and the HQ and service park in Bostalsee replace historic Trier as the base for the rally. The event is considered to be the trickiest asphalt encounter on the calendar and, despite moving its base, will continue to have the same challenging mix of stages with very different characteristics.

After the Saarbrücken city centre stage on Thursday night, Friday heads into the vineyards around the Mosel River where narrow roads and endless hairpin bends await. A new super special stage has also been added, affording spectators day-long action as it runs three times. In contrast, Saturday is about the Baumholder military ranges and its daunting concrete roads lined with car-breaking kerbstones known as hinkelsteins. Sunday is again different and takes the contenders onto faster country roads in the Saarland region. The weather also plays a significant role and working with route note and weather crews is vital to ensure optimum tyre choices, especially when individual stage conditions can vary from dry to damp or full wet in one single loop of stages.

With nine of the Championship’s 13 rounds run and six different crews standing on the top step of the podium, predicting a winner remains impossible. Thierry Neuville and reigning FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier go into the event tied on points at the head of the standings, although Neuville will lead the field on the first day having secured three wins to Ogier’s two during the season. Rallye Deutschland is also a mandatory scoring event in the FIA WRC 2 Championship and runaway points-scorer Pontus Tidemand will be looking for another top result to secure an unassailable lead. The youngsters in the FIA Junior WRC Championship are also back in action, this being the penultimate round of their six-event season.

Three stages will be broadcast live; the opening street stage on Thursday evening, Saturday’s SS12 and the closing Power Stage on Sunday.

ROUTE GRAPHICS

THE 2017 ROUTE

This year’s route has some familiarity, but no fewer than five of the 10 different stages are new, including both super special stages on Thursday and Friday, Saturday’s Römerstraße stage and the whole of Sunday’s route. The remaining stages are the same as last year, with the exception of SS4/7 (Grafschaft) which has not run since 2015.

The event kicks off in Saarbrücken, south of the new Bostalsee service park, in front of the State Theatre on Thursday evening. After three days of competition, the crews will finish the closing Power Stage on the outskirts of the Bostalsee service park where the winners will immediately be crowned champions live on television.

WHAT WE SAID…

“Rallye Deutschland is always unpredictable and could deliver another surprise,” said Jarmo Mahonen, FIA Rally Director. “The variety of stages and changeable weather present a big challenge, plus we haven’t been on Tarmac since Corsica in April and the nature of those roads is very different. All the crews have shown real pace so far this season, and I still feel there is another winner out there who has yet to stand on the top step of the podium.”

RALLY DATA

Total distance: 1,165.25 km
Stage distance: 309.17 km (26.5%)
Number of stages: 21

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MANUFACTURER ENTRIES, RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

M-Sport World Rally Team:
Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (#1)
Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (#2)
Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (#3)

Hyundai Motorsport:
Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall (#4)
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (#5)
Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (#6)

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT:
Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (#7)
Craig Breen / Scott Martin (#8)
Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger (#9)

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT:
Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (#10)
Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström (#11)
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (#12)

Team Previews

Manufacturers: M-Sport World Rally Team (GB) / Ford Fiesta WRC (Michelin, Evans: DMACK)
1 Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (F)
2 Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (EE)
3 Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barrit (GB)

As the FIA World Rally Championship embarks on the tenth round of the season at next week’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland, a fierce fight awaits M-Sport’s fleet of record-breaking Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs.

M-Sport currently head the manufacturer championship with Sébastien Ogier holding the joint lead of the drivers’ standings – making the German fixture a pinnacle round of the most closely-fought season in years.

The competition is expected to be extremely strong, but the team are determined to deliver their best and fight for the highest positions. Whatever the outcome, a thrilling event awaits.

ADAC RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND
THREE RALLIES IN ONE

Considered three rallies in one, Rallye Deutschland provides one of the most challenging and exciting asphalt fixtures of the year.

Twisting roads through picturesque vineyards, fast lanes through open countryside and broken Tarmac through the famous Baumholder military range are the order of the weekend and the crews must master all three in their pursuit of a strong result.

If that weren’t enough, unsettled weather provides an added challenge with the crews having to work tirelessly alongside their route note crews, weather crews and strategists to extract maximum performance whatever the conditions.

A firm favourite with rally fans throughout Europe, this year’s fixture sees a change of location with the service park moving from the historic town of Trier to the holiday resort of Bostalsee.

Saarbrücken – the administrative, cultural and commercial heart of Saarland – hosts the opening ceremony on Thursday evening followed by a spectacular city centre street stage.

On Friday, three passes of a new super special stage at Wadern-Weiskirchen splits more familiar vineyard tests with junction after junction on narrow, winding roads.

Saturday will see the crews tackle the fast roads of Saarland as well as the daunting Panzerplatte stages with the fearsome ‘hinkelsteins’ – road-lining concrete blocks designed to stop military tanks.

Sunday is a new day for all with stages close to Bostalsee completing the 309.17 kilometre route.

The Power Stage is contested just 2.93 kilometres from the service park and allows the podium celebrations to take place mere minutes after the end of the rally – a true spectacle for the many fans who visit this popular event year on year.

MALCOLM WILSON
TEAM PRINCIPAL

Since 1997, M-Sport have secured victory on all events bare one – ADAC Rallye Deutschland. This year, the team have their best chance yet of putting the history books to rights and Team Principal Malcolm Wilson is intent on challenging for that goal.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Rallye Deutschland hasn’t been so kind to us in the past. It’s the only event that we are yet to win, but this year we have our best chance of putting that right.

“All three of our drivers have enjoyed success in Germany over the years, and Sébastien knows what it takes to succeed having won the event on three separate occasions.

“We feel that we have a good package for Tarmac and we have been building on that during our pre-event testing.

“The competition will be extremely strong and I expect a hard-fought battle. The great thing about this year’s championship is that it’s anybody’s game – but we aim to be in the fight and hope to come out on top.”

OGIER AND INGRASSIA
THE JOINT CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia know what it takes to win at Rallye Deutschland. The Frenchmen have three victories to their name and will be looking to challenge for M-Sport’s first victory on German soil next week.

Currently tied on points with Thierry Neuville at the head of the drivers’ standings, Ogier is focused on getting his championship defence back on track and will be a favourite for the top results.

Previous starts: 8
Best result: 1st (2011, 2015, 2016)

Sébastien Ogier said:

“Every year I look forward to Rallye Deutschland, and this year’s event will be really exciting with the championship battle so close. Naturally, we aim to deliver our best and get our championship defence back on track.

“It’s always nice to return to asphalt and the German fixture presents some of the most challenging sealed-surface roads on the calendar. It’s a difficult rally and you have to find the right mind-set – and the right set-up – for the many different characteristics.

“In the wet, it’s even trickier and mistakes are very rarely forgiven. It’s important to be fully focused and to work closely with the route note crew so as to be prepared for everything the stages have to offer.

“This year, there are also a number of new speed tests which will make things even more interesting. The Fiesta has behaved very well on asphalt this year so Julien and I are really looking forward to the challenge.”

TÄNAK AND JÄRVEOJA
THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Ott Tänak will be keen to rekindle the taste of German champagne next week. The Estonian won the S-WRC category in 2011 – a result which helped prompt his promotion to the works team for a one-off drive at that year’s Rallye du Var.

Since then, Tarmac has not been his preferred surface but he should not be discounted for a strong result – especially considering his pace at the previous asphalt outings this year.

Previous starts: 6
Best result: 8th (2015)

Ott Tänak said:

“The fast gravel events might be my favourite, but I’m looking forward to another asphalt challenge. Considering our pace in Monte-Carlo and Corsica, it will be interesting to see what we can do and we have no reason not to be hopeful of a strong result.

“This is definitely one of my favourite asphalt events. Each stage is different and it’s a real test of how quickly you can adapt to the changing conditions. The weather in this region can also be quite unsettled so it’s important to have the most up-to-date information from the stages – working closely with the route note and weather crews.

“We’re currently in the middle of a pre-event test to get a taste for as many different roads, surfaces and conditions as possible. Set-up is very important here and this preparation will be really important for a good rally.

“As history has shown, anything can happen at Rallye Deutschland. We’re focused on delivering our best and extending the team’s lead at the head of the standings.”

EVANS AND BARRITT
SIXTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Rallye Deutschland is one of Elfyn Evans most successful events. As the Welshman made his way through the rallying ranks, the German fixture delivered much success and he secured his maiden stage victory through the Rallye Deutschland Power Stage in 2014.

Following an impressive drive to second place at last month’s Rally Finland, Evans will be keen to keep the momentum going and challenge for another top result next week.

Previous starts: 4
Best result: 4th (2014)

Elfyn Evans said:

“Rallye Deutschland is one of my favourite events on the calendar, and an event where I have enjoyed a lot of success over the years. It’s a challenge, but I think that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much.

“There are a number of different surfaces and stage characteristics and it’s all about finding the right rhythm and set-up for each variation. You really do have to be fully focused and at the top of your game – one wrong move, one lapse in concentration, and you don’t get a second chance.

“The weather can also play a crucial part and a wet rally could make things really interesting – another factor to consider as we make your way through the demanding stages; many of which we’ll be experiencing for the first time.

“Coming off the back of a good result in Finland, I’m looking forward to next week and hoping to keep the momentum going.”

WRC2

M-Sport World Rally Team / Ford Fiesta R5 (Michelin)
32 Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula (FIN)
33 Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas (F)
40 Gus Greensmith / Craig Parry (GB)
42 Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais (F)
48 Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan (GB/IRL) DMACK

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Manufacturers: Hyundai Motorsport (D) / Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC (Michelin)
4 Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall (NZ/GB)
5 Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (B)
6 Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti (E)

We head into our home event, Rallye Deutschland, with our sights set firmly on the top step of the podium. The tenth round of the 13-event 2017 WRC season sees a return to tarmac after a run of five gravel events.

Despite our struggles at the previous round in Finland, we are in a positive mood with Thierry leading the Drivers’ Championship, equal on points with reigning champion Sébastien Ogier. It sets up a thrilling encounter in Germany, where we took our first ever WRC win back in 2014.

Making more memories

We typically perform strongly on home terrain so all three of our crews will be looking to make it a weekend to remember.

“Rallye Deutschland is one of the highlights of the season for us,” says our Team Principal Michel. “It is an opportunity for us to bring the WRC action closer to everyone who works so hard in our Alzenau factory.”

It is just over two hours to drive from our headquarters to Bostalsee, the site of the Rallye Deutschland service park, which has moved from Trier for this year’s event. Our crews will have 21 special stages to negotiate across different types of tarmac.

“It is like three different rallies rolled into one,” explains Hayden. “We have vineyards, public roads and the classic Baumholder military sections, which combine to make it an interesting challenge.”

Hunting high and low

We carried out a two-day test on the multi-surface military roads back in July, which are lined with the so-called Hinkelstein rocks. A further four days of tests were completed in the twisty vineyards in early August. We haven’t competed on tarmac since Tour de Corse, which was won by Thierry and Nicolas in April. It was one of three wins for our Belgian crew so far this season.

“Leading the Championship is something new but I am really looking forward to opening the road,” said Thierry. “Hopefully, we can enjoy another strong performance and try to increase our lead. It won’t be easy but we know we can be fighting at the front.”

Dani and Marc were part of that memorable 1-2 result in 2014, as well as scoring second place again last season. Our Spanish crew is relishing a return to tarmac.

“We have had some highs and lows in recent gravel rallies, so I am aiming to build up some consistent and competitive results in the coming rounds” said Dani. “I am ready to hunt down another German podium.”

Rallye Deutschland gets underway on Thursday 17 August with shakedown followed by the ceremonial start and opening Super Special Stage in Saarbrücken.

Manufacturers: Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. (F) / Citroën C3 WRC (Michelin)
7 Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (GB/IRL)
8 Craig Breen / Scott Martin (IRL/GB)
9 Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger (N)

After five gravel events, the WRC returns to the tarmac for the tenth round of the season. Citroën Total Abu Total World Rally Team is fielding three C3 WRCs in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, with Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Craig Breen/Scott Martin and Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger.

A SPECIAL RALLY FOR CITROËN RACING

Since 2002 and its addition to the FIA World Championship calender, ADAC Rallye Deutschland has become a major fixture. The race’s history is closely linked to that of Citroën, which can claim 12 straight wins in Germany – including 11 in WRC – thanks to the talents of Philippe Bugalski, Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo. In fact, Citroën has been more successful at this event than at any other.

It is often said that the ‘Deutschland’ is three rallies in one. It is certainly true that the various stages are all quite different, which makes things tricky when it comes to settings, tyre management and driving style. And then there is the weather, which often muddies the equation.

This year, the rally will start on Thursday evening with a timed city circuit prologue in Saarbrücken, the capital of Saarland. On Friday, competitors will weave through the vineyards along the Mosel river, with the now classic Mittelmosel and Grafschaft stages, plus three passes through the new Wadern-Weiskirchen special sprint stage. The next day, the crews will head to the Baumholder military base and its concrete track lined with hinkelsteins – huge anti-tank kerb stones. There, the Panzerplatte tests will no doubt widen the gaps. Sunday sees a brand new format for the final leg with a special at Losheim am See and a return to St. Wendeler Land to bring the rally to a close.

There will be a number of new features, most notably a change of location for the rally’s service park, now at the lakeside of Bostalsee instead of Trier.

THE CHALLENGE: BUILD ON THE WORK DONE IN TESTING

With the fast roads littered with hairpin bends on Friday, the military tracks on Saturday and Sunday’s open country roads, ADAC Rallye Deutschland offers three very different types of surface, requiring considerable preparation work from the engineers and driver crews.

Citroën Racing therefore ran seven days of testing for the C3 WRC ahead of the event. Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Andreas Mikkelsen worked in stints to gather as much information as possible and decide on the best settings according to conditions. On the final day of testing, Sébastien Loeb rounded the job off during his first session at the wheel of the Citroën. All of this data will be invaluable during the rally but the team will still need to keep an eye on the weather.

For the second all-asphalt race of the season, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT crews have a few aces up their sleeve. Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle, who led the Tour de Corse before running into mechanical issues, will want their revenge. As for Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger, they topped the scorecards at the end of the first stage of the German rally in 2016 and will be keen to play a starring role for their first outing on tarmac with the C3 WRC. Although Craig Breen and Scott Martin only have limited experience on this surface, they will again be aiming for the top five, a result they have now achieved five times and which puts them seventh in the current World Championship standings.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE
YVES MATTON, CITROËN RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL: “In preparation for this rally, we set up one of the most intense testing sessions in the history of Citroën Racing. On the first six days, the appointed drivers were able to drive on the three types of surface encountered during the race. They were all satisfied with the work done. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena then did an additional day’s work. The heavy rain that fell in the morning wasn’t ideal but it helped us gather valuable information on driving in such specific conditions. In the dry, Seb’s impressions matched those of Kris, Craig and Andreas and we compared the different technical feedback. Everything appears to be following on consistently after the Tour de Corse, where we showed how competitive the C3 WRC is on tarmac. As has often been the case this season, the race is bound to be very tight. We aim to be among the frontrunners but it’s difficult to make any predictions, especially as the weather is likely to significantly influence the way that the race plays out.”

KRIS MEEKE: “At the Tour de Corse, we saw the C3 WRC’s potential on tarmac. Germany is a different challenge, but I’ve got that same great feeling I had during testing. I’ve tried the car out on the different surfaces and in different conditions. It’s very hard to approach this rally because there are three different types of terrain and the weather rarely stays the same from start to finish. I really enjoy driving through the vineyards: at top speed on the very narrow, winding roads, you have to steer extremely accurately. Yet if you hope to place well at the finish, you need to go flat out from the first to the final mile!”

Number of appearances at the event: 6
Best result: 12th (2015)

CRAIG BREEN : “I have only competed in this rally twice and this will be my first outing at the wheel of a World Rally Car. My experience is limited but I’m really motivated because for me, tarmac is the ultimate rally challenge. After a satisfactory Tour de Corse and some good testing before Germany, I’m trying to keep that positive mindset. There are a number of special stages, but I’m most looking forward to the specials through the Mosel vineyards. You have to interpret the changes in grip and find the right pace through the bends and hairpins. I’m also keen to embark on Sunday’s leg, which will be new for everyone.”

Number of appearances at the event: 2
Best result: 18th (2015)

ANDREAS MIKKELSEN : “My favourite rally is still Catalonia but I really like the route of the German event. I’m delighted to be competing at the wheel of the C3 WRC and I think that we’ve pinned down the right settings for the different types of terrain. For the first time in my career, I’ve been able to do some testing at Baumholder, which has helped me learn more about tyre management and braking. Like everyone else, I’m sure that the weather will significantly affect the race. If it is dry on Friday and I feel ok in the car, I think I can aim for a podium place.”

Number of appearances at the event: 6
Best result: 3rd (2014 & 2015)

KEY FIGURES
21 timed stages covering a total of 309.17 km.
36 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres per driver for the rally, to be selected from 32 hard compounds (H5), 24 soft compounds (S5) and 8 full-wets (FW3).
2,300 km covered in seven days of testing, the equivalent to half a WRC season!
12 straight victories for Citroën in Germany: 1 for Bugalski (2001, outside the WRC), 9 for Loeb (2002-2010 and 2012), 1 for Ogier (2011) and 1 for Sordo (2013).

Manufacturers: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC (FIN) / Toyota Yaris WRC (Michelin)
10 Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (FIN)
11 Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström (FIN)
12 Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (FIN)

After a hugely successful home event in Finland, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team now heads to Rally Germany for the next round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season. As only the second pure asphalt event for the Yaris WRC, the main objective is to further develop the car on sealed surfaces. The team aims to maintain its confidence, while switching to a new focus on asphalt.

Rally Germany is known for providing a mixture of different types of asphalt tests during the rally. These include twisting roads through vineyards, the notoriously tough Baumholder military area and fast country lanes. The differing characteristics of these roads and the often-changeable weather conditions can make car set-up and tyre choice difficult.

The rally has a new base this year at Bostalsee and begins with a new super special stage in nearby Saarbrücken. Another new spectator-friendly stage, Wadern-Weiskirchen, is run three times on Friday around the Mittelmosel and Grafschaft vineyard tests. On Saturday, the action moves to Baumholder for nine stages, including two passes of the 41.97-kilometre Panzerplatte. Sunday features two stages run twice: the new Losheim am See and St. Wendeler Land, which acts as the Power Stage and finishes up on the edge of the service park.

Although better known for his exploits on gravel, Latvala has a decent record in Germany, twice finishing second, in 2012 and 2015. Hänninen on the other hand has only contested the rally once before, back in 2011. Lappi last year claimed the WRC2 win on the event and finished seventh overall.

Quotes:
Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)
“This will be our second asphalt rally of the year, so it is going to be interesting to see how the improvements we have made to the car since Corsica now work in the different conditions of Germany. The asphalt development is still going on as there were some new things we tried in our pre-event test this week, especially with the dampers. From my experience of Germany as a driver, I remember just how tricky the stages are: generally, the higher up your start order is, the easier it is. We’re all in a confident mood after Finland and the drivers are feeling very positive with the car, so we’re looking forward to starting the rally and seeing what we can do. I think the Yaris WRC should be quite well-suited to these stages.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10)
“We had some rain during our test, which I was very pleased about, as normally during Rally Germany you can expect rain at some point during the weekend. The Yaris WRC in asphalt specification is pretty much as I remember it from Corsica but Germany has some different characteristics, with fewer corners and heavier braking into junctions from high speed: the braking is one area we were concentrating on during the test as you can gain or lose a lot of time there. We also worked on the suspension: we’ll be running a slightly softer car in Germany than we did in Corsica. Germany is one of the trickiest rallies of the whole year and our rivals will be especially strong, so if we can finish in the top five I would be happy and a podium would be a really great result.”

Juho Hänninen (Driver car 11)
“My feeling is very good after Finland. Although I’ve not driven in Germany for a long time we were able to show some good speed on asphalt in Monte-Carlo and Corsica earlier this year, so I think we can be strong in Germany too: especially after testing. The weather can change a lot in Germany, and if it rains there will be a lot of mud in the road during the first day, which will be a challenge with our road position. But this rally is also really good fun: the Baumholder stages on day two are really unique.”

Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 12)
“Winning in Finland won’t make any difference to my approach in Germany: I’m going from my strongest event of the year to one that is definitely outside my comfort zone. It’s my first asphalt rally in a World Rally Car, but actually I find that the Yaris WRC is even easier to drive on asphalt than it is on gravel, because it really feels like a racing car. The aerodynamics and the potential of the car is so big that the tyres are the limiting factor: there’s more power than grip, so you have to drive very cleanly and gently to keep the life in the tyres. If we can stay out of trouble in Germany then I think we have a chance to finish in the top five and score some points. That’s my goal.”

ŠKODA Motorsport / ŠKODA Fabia R5 (Michelin)
31 Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson (S)
34 Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler (CZ)

Rallye Deutschland (17th to 20th August), the round 10 of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), sees the teams heading to Bostalsee resort in the west Germany for one of the most challenging and the most difficult asphalt events of the season.

This year’s Rallye Deutschland is based at a new service park at Bostalsee, which replaces the historic Trier this year. The start ceremony on the Thursday evening will take place outside Saarbrücken’s State Theatre, closely followed by the spectacular opening city centre stage.

The seven special stages, which make up Friday leg, consist of two repeated tests in vineyards overlooking the Mosel River. These picturesque stages are characterised by tight hairpin bends and narrow asphalt tracks which test the reactions of both driver and co-driver. The opening leg also sees three runs of the shorter and new Wadern-Weiskirchen super special stage.

The final day comprises four new stages, which take place along the borders with France and Luxembourg, before the finish in the Bostalsee service park.

2017 RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND CHARACTERISTICS

There are almost too many challenges for drivers and co-drivers at the Rallye Deutschland to list in this article. They will have safety notes crews who will drive stages before the competitors to give them the latest information about the weather and conditions on the road. All of this information has to be assimilated into existing pace notes and then passed on to drivers at the right moment. Even the smallest mistake can mean the end of the rally for a car, especially if the Hinkelsteins are about.

Teams also have a choice between hard and soft tyre compounds depending on the conditions, but the weather can be so changeable that making the right choice can be tough and this too can be decisive when it comes to the outcome of the rally.

As a mandatory round for the WRC2 championship, there is a long list of competitors taking part too, including no fewer than 9 crews with the ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars. All of which makes for a fascinating spectacle and a compelling rally.

ŠKODA Motorsport crews Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson and Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler are among the top favourites for WRC2 victory at the upcoming ADAC Rallye Deutschland (17–20/08/2017). If one of its factory drivers finishes at least fifth ŠKODA Motorsport is the prematurely winner of the FIA Team Championship in WRC2. In addition, Pontus Tidemand has match point for the WRC2 driver’s title. He has to score fourth or higher, at the same time main rival Teemu Suninen must not win the category.

Michal Hrabánek
„Pontus proved that he deserves to be the next champion in WRC2 with his four wins and one second place during the season so far. With a little luck, he can secure the WRC2 championship already in Germany”, says ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek.
ADAC Rallye Deutschland, tenth round of World Rally Championship 2017, is a mixture of 21 tarmac stages with totally different characteristics. On Friday (August 18th) tricky and small roads with uncountable hairpins in the vineyards along the river Mosel are waiting for the teams. On Saturday (August 19th) the legendary military area of Baumholder offers gruelling and fast tank tracks on rough concrete. They are framed by massive rocks, the infamous “Hinkelsteins”, which can be a real car stopper. Sunday (August 20th) features fast and smooth country roads in the area around the Bostalsee service park in the north of Saarland.

On this very challenging tarmac roads the new WRC2 champion could be prematurely crowned. Out of the 13 rounds of World Rally Championship the WRC2 registered teams had to nominate seven rallies, out of which only the six bests results count for the final score. Three events (Portugal / Germany / Wales) are mandatory to be among these seven selected WRC2 rallies. Gravel specialist Pontus Tidemand will prematurely become world champion at ADAC Rallye Deutschland if he wins. Fourth or higher would be enough as well, if main rival Teemu Suninen doesn’t win the category.

Until today ŠKODA won twelve consecutive WRC2 rallies in a row. This winning sequence started at the RallyRACC Catalunya in October 2016. All nine WRC2 events in 2017 have been won by teams driving ŠKODA FABIA R5, which is by far the most successful car in its category. With seven entries in WRC2 at ADAC Rallye Deutschland the ŠKODA FABIA R5 again is the most popular car in its category. Two more ŠKODA FABIAS, not registered in WRC2, are among the entries in RC 2 class.

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Recce

https://twitter.com/Michelin_Sport/status/897775897994022912

https://twitter.com/gronholmmk2/status/897464220501110784

https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC/status/897457337354649601

https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC/status/897459505201643521

https://twitter.com/HaydenPaddon/status/897522982834319360

https://twitter.com/nurrpe/status/897750915331108864

https://twitter.com/TerryFolb/status/897865823469150209

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/897752527390871552

Service Park

https://twitter.com/rallyplus/status/897473406639013888

https://twitter.com/gronholmmk2/status/897834685316956161

https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC/status/896778609783975938

https://twitter.com/rallyplus/status/897473634662457344

https://twitter.com/BrendoRally/status/897071779838951424

https://twitter.com/rallytravel/status/897781353542033408

https://twitter.com/rallytravel/status/897782103257075712

https://twitter.com/oliver_runschke/status/897031361894154240

https://twitter.com/rallyplus/status/897489531347193856

https://twitter.com/rallyplus/status/897489303302938624

https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC/status/897827735241994246

https://twitter.com/rallytravel/status/898099663378817025

https://twitter.com/HaydenPaddon/status/897852301485985792

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/897853690954084353

https://twitter.com/thierryneuville/status/897845429055832064

https://twitter.com/DMACK_Tyres/status/897865386410082304

https://twitter.com/JariMattiWRC/status/897879427731861504

https://twitter.com/AMikkelsenRally/status/897878631682330625

Thursday 17 August

8:00-13:30 Shakedown Eiweiler – 4,09 km
12:00 Meet the Crews’, Service Park,
12:30 FIA Pre-event Press Conference, Press Room
17:15 Opening Ceremony and driver presentation
18:00 Autograph session, P1 drivers
19:08 SS 1 Saarbrücken – 2,05 km
20:25 Overnight Parc Fermé & Technical Zone
23:30 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 2,05 km (Liaison 53,29 km, Total 55,34 km)

Sunrise 6:27 / Sunset 20:43

https://twitter.com/nurrpe/status/897154288421662724

https://twitter.com/SebOgier/status/898060469411381248

Shakedown results:

1. Thierry Neuville, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, 2:25.8
2. Andreas Mikkelsen, Citroën C3 WRC, 2:26.7
3. Sébastien Ogier, Ford Fiesta WRC, 2:27.0
4. Kris Meeke, Citroën C3 WRC, 2:28.2
5. Craig Breen, Citroën C3 WRC, 2:29.1
6. Jari-Matti Latvala, Toyota Yaris WRC, 2:29.5
7. Juho Hänninen, Toyota Yaris WRC, 2:30.0
8. Daniel Sordo, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, 2:30.1
9. Ott Tänak, Ford Fiesta WRC, 2:31.8
10.Elfyn Evans, Ford Fiesta WRC, 2:32.4
11.Hayden Paddon, Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, 2:33.4
12.Esapekka Lappi, Toyota Yaris WRC, 2:34.4
13.Armin Kremer, Ford Fiesta WRC, 2:39.8
14.Pontus Tidemand, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:40.2 (RC2)
15.Gus Greensmith, Ford Fiesta R5, 2:40.5 (RC2)
16.Eric Camilli, Ford Fiesta R5, 2:41.2 (RC2)
17.Yoann Bonato, Citroën DS3 R5, 2:42.0 (RC2)
18.Pierre-Louis Loubet, Ford Fiesta R5, 2:43.2 (RC2)
19.Jan Kopecký, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:43.4 (RC2)
20.Teemu Suninen, Ford Fiesta R5, 2:43.9 (RC2)
21.Jon Armstrong, Ford Fiesta R5, 2:44.6 (RC2)
22.Simone Tempestini, Citroën DS3 R5, 2:44.9 (RC2)
23.Yohan Rossel, Citroën DS3 R5, 2:45.2 (RC2)
24.Lukasz Pieniazek, Peugeot 208 T16 R5, 2:45.2 (RC2)
25.Quentin Gilbert, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:46.7 (RC2)
26.Fabian Kreim, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:46.8 (RC2)
27.Marijan Griebel, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:47.3 (RC2)
28.Emil Bergkvist, Citroën DS3 R5, 2:48.0 (RC2)
29.Bernhard ten Brinke, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:47.3 (RC2)
30.Benito Guerra, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:49.9 (RC2)
31.Jourdan Serderidis, Citroën DS3 WRC, 2:51.9
34.Edwin Schilt, SKODA Fabia R5, 2:53.9 (RC2)
37.Jean-Michel Raoux, Citroën DS3 WRC, 2:55.4

https://twitter.com/thierryneuville/status/898084727864909825

Shakedown, FIA World Rally Championship

Shakedown, Michelin Motorsport

Shakedown, Hyundai Motorsport

Shakedown, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC

Shakedown, LiveRacingTV24

Shakedown, RacingClipsGermany

https://twitter.com/pieniazekrally/status/898149517123608576

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rallye Deutschland
Pre-event Press Conference
Thursday 17th August

Present:
Thierry Neuville, Hyundai Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, M-Sport World Rally Team
Esapekka Lappi, Toyota GAZOO Racing World Rally Team
Yves Matton, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

https://twitter.com/Yves_Matton/status/898133055579271168

Q:
Thierry, you won the Shakedown this morning. How is the confidence ahead of what could be a crucial event here at ADAC Rallye Deutschland?
TN:
Confidence is obviously high. We have had a couple of strong results on the last events, except Finland maybe. And now back on tarmac we know that we have a good pace, so obviously we are looking for a strong event and the fight for the lead.

Q:
Sébastien Ogier and you are on joint points, so it could not get any closer. Do you feel the pressure of no mistakes?
TN:
In rallying it is always the same, you can never do mistakes. I think we have seen good examples this year. I have done some mistakes on the first two events – very small but with huge consequences. We have seen Sébastien doing one on the last rally and soon you can lose important points for the championship. Obviously in both our positions now, we have to avoid mistakes for sure but we have to be fast as well.

Q:
Now that we are at the stage of the season where everything counts, do you do anything differently than you have been doing before?
TN:
To be honest, no. I have my way of working, I do everything the same. I try not to forget something but I also try not to do too much because this can be disturbing as well. I do the same preparation every time. Just like during the testing, the team gives you more opportunities to drive the car and for sure this is helpful.

Q:
Which one is the toughest stage for you here in Germany?
TN:
It is probably the Baumholder stage. But if you have a good feeling about the car it is the nicest one as well. I have to say that I hated it during the first couple of years when I came here but I am loving it more and more when I got to experience these special roads. Yes, I think it is going to be good fun.

Q:
Sébastien, how are you feeling ahead of Rallye Deutschland? Your confidence is probably high as always but now that you are in a close fight for points with Thierry Neuville are you getting nervous at all or not?
SO:
Pressure is part of the game and I have been managing the pressure for years. Sometimes it is harder than on other days. But at the end of the day you always have to deliver and focus and enjoy what you do. That is the most important. Yes, I feel good to be here. The most important is to be back on tarmac, I must say. I am very happy with that because it is no secret that I have been struggling to open the roads on many gravel events now so it is good to be back on tarmac and a chance to fight on the top again. So I am looking forward to it. Let’s see what we can do.

Q:
The weather always plays a part in this rally, every year we see a mix of it. Have you been able to experience this as well when you were testing ahead of the event?
SO:
This year I think I was pretty lucky with my testing conditions. I had a chance to test in both condition and 60 per cent of my testing was dry, the rest in wet conditions. At least like this we could explore different set-ups, which was good. But here the problem is that you do not have the service right next to the stage so you don’t fit the tyres right when you need them. So this makes it sometimes a bit more challenging, sometimes it is a compromise, and it looks like it is going to be like this again. It looks like it will be rainy on Friday and let’s see what it will be like for the rest of the weekend. There will be slippery and wet sections but also dry ones. So it will be an interesting rally.

Q:
Would you say that Panzerplatte is the toughest stage for you as well?
SO:
You must mention Baumholder, just like Thierry said earlier. It is the longest challenge of the weekend by far. Normally it makes the difference. I actually have always had the same feeling like Thierry. It was never really my favourite stages because I don’t like it when I cannot control everything. And in this stage you can easily be unlucky with punctures. But if you get everything right on this stage, it can also be very enjoyable with very fast and very nice sections.

Q:
Esapekka, in Finland you took your first WRC win. You’ve had two weeks to let it sink in, how do you feel about it now?
EL:
I have been trying to forget what happened. I think I managed it pretty well. And I have to say that I don’t feel so confident here.

Q:
Tarmac is not your favourite surface but what is achievable here for you?
EL:
Like I said I don’t feel so confident, so it will be a big challenge tomorrow with the rain and the starting position. After each car it is getting muddier and muddier and therefore more difficult. If we do not run into any trouble, I think top five or top six can be possible, but you really have to make it without any issues and still keep some decent speed.

Q:
How has tarmac testing been going for you? Have you felt confident when you were testing?

EL:
Yes, we had a good test day on Friday. We had dry and wet conditions. I felt good, but I was obviously too slow. So I was not pushing enough on the tests. We will see, it will be an interesting rally.

Q:
From what you have seen in the recce, do you agree that Panzerplatte will be the toughest stage?
EL:
No, every stage will be difficult for me.

Q:
Looking ahead, do you think we have another win on the board from you?
EL:
To be honest, I do not believe it. I knew that Finland would be my strongest rally because I have done it so many times. That was the only shot for me to be on a high. Now we really need to forget what happened there and have the same approach like during the first WRC rallies, trying to get the mileage as I have only done three days of tarmac testing. So I need to get more experience with this. So the target for the rest of the season is trying to get as many points as I can, to climb a few positions in the standings and then be in a better starting position in Monte Carlo.

Q:
Yves, we have recently seen Sébastien Loeb testing the Citroën C3 WRC on tarmac ahead of this event. How did the test session go and how was Séb’s feedback?
YM:
First of all, he enjoyed it a lot. He was really happy to be back in a World Rally Car. He was really fast and he was able to give us good feedback with mixed conditions in the morning and in the afternoon. He was able to give his idea about the car in those conditions. He drove both set-ups from Andreas Mikkelsen and Craig Breen – a little bit less of Kris Meeke’s because it was more racing style – and he was quite happy with it. He said that the car was on a good level to drive on tarmac.

Q:
To get a full analysis of the car, he would need to test on gravel as well. Is this going to happen with Loeb?
YM:
We were quite happy to get his feedback. It was good to have his comparison of the 2017 car against the older ones and about the evolution of the car. He is quite busy with rallycross and cross country but something is possible one day.

Q:
Might we see Loeb compete in the World Rally Championship again? Is it a possibility this year or next year?
YM:
For sure not for 2017. It is too early to speak about that. It was impossible for him to know his level. The next step could be to drive on gravel but it is not a short term plan for sure.

Q:
Your current drivers are all under contract for next season. Are you also looking at other drivers?
YM:
It is for sure an interesting time of the year. Everybody is keen to speak with everybody. Craig, Stéphane and Kris are under contract and will be part of the team next year. Andreas is also with us and we are also speaking with other drivers who won an event or nearly won an event before. We are lucky to make a plan in September which is quite free from events, and then I can give it to my CEO and then we will make a decision.

Q:
The Citroën C3 WRC has not performed as well as you may have wanted it on gravel. What can you tell us about the development of the car on gravel this year? And what is the next step to get ready for 2018?
YM:
We did a great job after Sweden and Sardinia for sure. We made the joker and we homologated some new parts, we took the decision to go for it and I would say on a risky basis and not to test some parts before we homologate, and we are happy with what we have done. There is some potential we have to work on. I don’t think there will be new things on the car between now and the end of the year. We have still some work to do on the new parts which we homologated.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:
Marijan Griebel, BRR Baumschlager Rallye & Racing
Teemu Suninen, M-Sport World Rally Team

Q:
Marijan, it’s great to see you as part of the FIA WRC 2 Championship here at Rallye Deutschland. How are you feeling about your chances this weekend?
MG:
I’m feeling quite good. My main focus is normally on the European Championship this year. But, for sure, I’m quite a local hero here. I’m living just 15 minutes from the service park or 10 minutes from the Panzerplatte stage. So it was a big wish to take part in this special rally, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. I’m really looking forward to it. I think there are really good competitors in WRC 2 with former WRC drivers like Teemu (Suninen), Eric (Camilli) and the Škoda factory team is also here. It will be a big fight. My preparation was quite good. I had a really good result in Poland two weeks ago. I’m ready.

Q:
And you have the local advantage as well, the local knowledge. You know what the weather is going to do, as well, so tyre choice-wise it should help?
MG:
Yes, maybe. That’s a difficult thing because I never drove a four-wheel drive car in wet conditions on tarmac. So, I’m not that experienced. Some things are still really, really new for me. I can learn a lot this weekend. We’ll try not to push too hard and leave the car on the road.

Q:
You said that the European Championship has been your focus this season. Is there a chance that we could see you in WRC 2 next year?
MG:
I think there could be a chance, yes. This year, I’m totally on a private budget. So my biggest wish would be to drive for a factory or a national importer of a brand. That is the main target. I’m wide open. I can do ERC again, I can do WRC 2 – I just want to drive that R5 car again next year.

Q:
Do you see yourself as one of the favourites this weekend or is this such a strong field that it’s too difficult to say?
MG:
In the WRC 2 class? Yes, for me there are four favourites: the two Škoda factory drivers, Teemu and Eric. They should be the fastest drivers. But there are nine, 10 really good drivers where I have to fight for places.

Q:
Teemu, we see you return to the FIA WRC 2 Championship after a highly successful two events in a WRC car. What does it feel like to step back into the R5 after the Fiesta WRC?
TS:
The stepping back is a bit difficult. The car is quite different to drive compared to a WRC car. And also tarmac is a bit challenging for me. Especially when we have a lot of mud and a lot of dirt on the road.

Q:
Tarmac is not your favourite surface but you impress on all surfaces it seems. What have you been doing to get yourself in the tarmac mode?
TS:
I think I can be fast but the problem is the muddy places, to get experience and get to know what it’s about.

Q:
There is really strong competition in WRC 2; it’s a really strong field of drivers. What is your hope for this one? Do you think the top step of the podium is a possibility?
TS:
Of course, yes. The target is to be on the podium in each race. I think I get a big challenge from my team-mates and of course the Škoda factory cars. And we can’t afford to look over all the local heroes and the young drivers.

Q:
Is there the possibility of more WRC action before the end of the season?
TS:
Hopefully, yes. At least I have done my best and showed my pace on gravel. At least on gravel WRC should be the correct class for me.

Q:
Next year of course, it’s such an important year. This is silly season right now, we’re speculating where drivers are going to go. Do you see yourself driving full time in WRC next year?
TS:
I hope I can get something to drive, some good car to drive. Because then I can improve my driving and try to take one step up.

Q:
Are any teams talking to you about next year?
TS:
I haven’t heard anything.

FIA JUNIOR WRC CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:
Nicolas Ciamin
Julius Tannert

https://twitter.com/JuniorWRC/status/898130074049937412

Q:
Nicolas, it was a win for you at Rally Finland last time out and now we head to your favoured surface. What are your hopes for this event?
NC:
Of course, the hope is to repeat the Rally Finland result. I think it will be very tricky here because of the weather forecast. We will have a lot of muddy places, so the tyre choice will be very important. But I’m ready to go.

Q:
What do you think of the stages from what you’ve seen on the recce? We do have some new stages here at Rally Germany. What are your thoughts on the route?
NC:
I don’t like so much the vineyard stages as I’m not very comfortable with them. But the field stages that we have on Sunday or the military stages are great.

Q:
Talk to me about the championship itself, because you still mathematically have a chance of taking the title. It’s going to be tough against Solans this weekend. How much are going to push out there?
NC:
Maximum. But he has a 26-point lead. It’s possible with the fastest time points, but it will be difficult I think. But I will try, you know.

Q:
What about next year, Nicolas? Will we see you back in the Junior Championship? Or are you going to move on and do something else?
NC:
The target will be to go to WRC 2 but it costs a lot. So, it will depend on the results of this year.

Q:
Julius, it’s your home event and I’m sure you have been looking forward to competing here in Germany all year. How are you feeling?
JT:
That’s right. I’ve been looking forward to this event since the season start. After three gravel races it’s back to tarmac, my favourite surface. For sure, I did this rally many times. It’s good to be here, it’s good to see a lot of fans and the family on the stages outside. So, that’s quite nice.

Q:
Is there extra pressure on your shoulders or can you handle all that?
JT:
Yes, for sure, there are no excuses for me. I know the stages, I know the rally, so there’s no excuses. The rest of the season, all the rallies are new for me. But this is not, so you want to fight for the win for sure.

Q:
You know the stages well but we did move back to Bostalsee, where the event started out in 2002. There are also new stages. What do you think of those?
JT:
For me, they are also new. I know the vineyards, I know the Panzerplatte. But for sure, these stages are new for me. I know the characteristics from other races, Saarland Rally for example, but they are new for me also.

Q:
So would you say you are the favourite this weekend?
JT:
I’m not sure because the other guys did this rally many times, so the advantage is very little. But we try our best and want to fight for the podium again, for sure.

Q:
What about next year, Julius? Any plans?
JT:
That’s a hard question. Maybe there is one chance to do the Junior WRC again. We gained a lot experience this year and it would be good to do it again. I think then it’s possible to win the championship.

https://twitter.com/thierryneuville/status/898228480206409728

https://twitter.com/HaydenPaddon/status/898253801290846208

SS 1: Kris Meeke clipped a wheel on a concrete barrier! The front steering was broken. Retired->Rally 2

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/898235389353373696

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/898236643727077376

https://twitter.com/AtWorldMA/status/898270140638167041

SS 1: Dani Sordo slid wide and touched his left rear wheel into a concrete barrier. Completes with about a third of the rim missing.

https://twitter.com/EmyrPenlan/status/898242153364824064

SS 1: Gus Greensmith had some mechanical issues. Lost over 20 seconds.

https://twitter.com/GreensmithGus/status/898288487346053120

https://twitter.com/MotorsportSkoda/status/898247956356268037

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898247819001184256

https://twitter.com/EsapekkaLappi/status/898240797446897665

Friday 18 August

8:23 Service A Bostalsee – 15 min
9:23 SS 2 Wadern – Weiskirchen 1 – 9,27 km
10:46 SS 3 Mittelmosel 1 – 22,00 km
11:31 SS 4 Grafschaft 1 – 18,35 km
13:09 SS 5 Wadern – Weiskirchen 2 – 9,27 km
14:29 Service B Bostalsee – 30 min
16:17 SS 6 Mittelmosel 2 – 22,00 km
17:02 SS 7 Grafschaft 2 – 18,35 km
18:40 SS 8 Wadern – Weiskirchen 3 – 9,27 km
19:40 Flexi Service C Bostalsee – 48 min
20:28 Parc Fermé (Bostalsee)
23:30 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 108,51 km (Liaison 333,10 km, Total 441,61 km)

Sunrise 6:29 / Sunset 20:41

https://twitter.com/OmarWRC/status/897325990774530049

The starting order:

ORD ENTRANT (TEAM) DRIVER/CODRIVER NAT. NR CAR GR CL SEED PR  
1 Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul B 5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
2 M-Sport World Rally Team Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia F 1 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
3 M-Sport World Rally Team Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja EE 2 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
4 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila FIN 10 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
5 Hyundai Motorsport Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti E 6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
6 M-Sport World Rally Team Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barrit GB 3 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
7 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Craig Breen / Scott Martin IRL/GB 8 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
8 Hyundai Motorsport Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall NZ/GB 4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
9 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström FIN 11 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
10 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm FIN 12 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
11 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle GB/IRL 7 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
12 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger N 9 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
13 M-Sport World Rally Team Armin Kremer / Pirmin Winklhofer D 14 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1
14 (PH Sport) Jean-Michel Raoux / Isabelle Galmiche F 22 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 WRCT
15 (J-Motorsport) Jourdan Serderidis / Frédéric Miclotte GR/B 23 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 WRCT
16 ŠKODA Motorsport Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson S 31 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
17 M-Sport World Rally Team Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula FIN 32 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
18 M-Sport World Rally Team Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas F 33 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
19 ŠKODA Motorsport Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler CZ 34 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
20 (Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – M-Sport) Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais F 42 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
21 Drive DMACK Trophy Team (M-Sport) Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan GB/IRL 48 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
22 (Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – Saintéloc Racing) Yohan Rossel / Benoît Fulcrand F 38 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
23 Gekon Racing Simone Tempestini / Giovanni Bernacchini RO/I 37 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
24 Motorsport Italia srl Benito Guerra / Daniel Cué MEX/E 36 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
25 (Tagai Rally Technology) Quentin Gilbert / Renaud Jamoul F/B 39 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
26 (M-Sport) Gus Greensmith / Craig Parry GB 40 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
27 (BRR Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) Marijan Griebel / Stefan Kopczyk D 41 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
28 TRT Peugeot WRT Łukasz Pieniążek / Przemysław Mazur PL 43 Peugeot 208 T16 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
29 (J-Motorsport) Emil Bergkvist / Ola Fløene S/N 44 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
30 (CHL Sport Auto) Yoann Bonato / Benjamin Boulloud F 45 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
31 Adapta AS (Wevers Sport) Bernhard ten Brinke / Davy Thierie NL/B 47 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P3 WRC2
32 Styllex Motorsport s.r.o. Edwin Schilt / Lisette Bakker NL 49 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P3 WRC2
33 (CHL Sport Auto) Raphaël Astier / Frédéric Vauclare F 61 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 P3 WRC3
34 Enrico Brazzoli / Maurizio Barone I 62 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 P3 WRC3
35 Nil Solans / Miquel Ibáñez Sotos E 63 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
36 Nicolas Ciamin / Thibault de la Haye F 64 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
37 Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu F 65 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
38 ADAC Sachsen Julius Tannert / Jürgen Heigl D/A 66 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
39 Škoda Auto Deutschland (BRR) Fabian Kreim / Frank Christian D 71 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5
40 Hyundai Motorsport N Chewon Lim / Martijn Wydaeghe KOR/B 72 Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 R5
41 Armand Fumal / Michael Louette B 73 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5
42 Patrik Rujbr / Veronika Římalová CZ 74 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5
43 (Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner / Karin Thannhäuser D 75 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
44 ADAC OPEL Rallye Junior Team Jari Huttunen / Antti Linnaketo FIN 76 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
45 Timo van der Marel / Rebecca van der Marel-Smart NL/AUS 77 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
46 (Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner jr. / Jasmin Kramer D 78 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 RC3 R3
47 Henk Vossen / Sander van Barschot NL 79 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5
48 Eamonn Boland / M.J. Morrissey IRL 80 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5
49 Amaury Molle / Renaud Herman B 81 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
50 ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. Sebastian Schwinn / Felix Griebel D 82 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
51 Marius Klein / Hans-Joachim Grimberg D 83 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
52 ADAC Saarland e.V. Roman Schwedt / Henry Wichura D 84 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
53 (CHL Sport Auto) Taisko Lario / Tatu Hämäläinen FIN 86 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
54 Yannick Wendling / Laurent Di Nisi FIN 87 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
55 MSC Schiffweiler 1929 e.V. Uwe Gropp / Hanna Ostlender D 88 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T
56 Tom Williams / Phil Hall GB 89 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2
57 (OPEL Rallye Junior Team) Tamara Molinaro / Veronica Engan I/N 90 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
58 Frank Lauer / Martin Brack D 91 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T
59 Josef Wecker / Stefan Clemens D 93 Renault Clio RS R3T RC3 R3T
60 MSC Potzberg Wolfgang Ehlhardt / Helmut Michel D 94 Opel Astra GTC CDTi RC2 NR4
61 Jürgen Hohlheimer / Sandro Sanesi D/I 95 Renault Twingo RS R2 RC4 R2
62 ADAC Saarland e.V. Christian Bächle / Isabelle Brack D 96 Citroën DS3 R1 RC5 R1
 
  Adapta AS Mads Østberg / Emil Axelsson N/S 35 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 cancelled entry WRC2
  ACI Team Italia Fabio Andolfi / Manuel Fenoli I 46 Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 R5 cancelled entry WRC2
  Dillon van Way / Dai Roberts USA/GB 67 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 cancelled entry WRC3/JWRC
  Sebastian Careaga / Rodrigo Sanjuan BOL/E 68 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 cancelled entry WRC3/JWRC
  Roland Stengg / Tobias Braun A 85 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2 cancelled entry
  MSC Potzberg Michael Ecker / Michelle Neubrech D 92 Honda Civic Type-R R3 RC3 R3 cancelled entry

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898440274212380673

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/898432022833577986

https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/898435999956467712

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/898435839331414016

https://twitter.com/thierryneuville/status/898433132285747200

https://twitter.com/SebOgier/status/898435021345701889

https://twitter.com/OttTanak/status/898437988706795521

https://twitter.com/JuniorWRC/status/898446950395244544

SS 2: Sébastien Ogier went off into a field and back on again at 1 km. Lost almost 5 seconds.

https://twitter.com/ma_ipp/status/898447452130488320

SS 2: Jari-Matti Latvala went slightly wide into a steel rod on the side, it’s broken the front right wing a bit.

https://twitter.com/EmyrPenlan/status/898456608312885248

https://twitter.com/TeemuSuninenRac/status/898465053443227648

SS 3: Thierry Neuville went off 1 km from the start. The road was dry then suddenly wet under braking and went into the vines and lost the front splitter lip. Lost almost 10 seconds.

https://twitter.com/Michelin_Sport/status/898471552257228800

SS 3: Esapekka Lappi went into the vines. The engine stalled and lost a lot of time.

SS 3: Eric Camilli had a problem with the clutch.

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898488206466961408

https://twitter.com/skodafabiar5/status/898493455328055296

SS 4: Dani Sordo went off the road just 600 m into the stage. Locked the wheels under braking and missed a corner. The car plunged about 40 meters downhill through bushes and small trees. It did not roll over. Retired -> Rally 2

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/898484419253735425

https://twitter.com/colmcklein/status/898569033003544576

https://twitter.com/racemarket_net/status/898512222091083777

SS 4: Jari-Matti Latvala touched a little on the kerb or something. Damage to the front-left tyre.

SS 4: Craig Breen missed a braking point, went off and did a full 360 in a field. Lost at least 15 seconds.

SS 4: Hayden Paddon got a front-right puncture. The rubber was flailing from the rim. Lost at least 45 seconds.

https://twitter.com/JSFoto2008/status/898488409798455296

https://twitter.com/EmyrPenlan/status/898501932834320384

SS 4: Benito Guerra went straight on in one junction and stopped. Had to reverse  and lost maybe 15 seconds.

https://twitter.com/HuttunenRacing/status/898539423058591745

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898490509651521536

https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/898490759648878593

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898502098840678401

SS 5: Jari-Matti Latvala had problems with the engine. It was making a funny noise and appears to have no power at the start. Lost 1.30 minutes.

https://twitter.com/TommiKaen/status/898510063270318080

https://twitter.com/TGR_WRC/status/898508154920685568

https://twitter.com/TommiKaen/status/898535677465374721

https://twitter.com/Michelin_Sport/status/898515314228555780

https://twitter.com/JariMattiWRC/status/898533437295939584

SS 6: Ott Tänak went straight into the vines, but was able to continue.

https://twitter.com/Karlip1/status/898621805883248640

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/898576561833730048

https://twitter.com/HartusvuoriWRC/status/898592312980262912

SS 7: Esapekka Lappi stopped at 8,7 km. Hit a wall and the left suspension was broken. Retired -> Rally 2

https://twitter.com/JoMoWRC/status/898578996136484865

https://twitter.com/rockollector/status/898567281172766720

SS 7: Yohan Rossel hit a wall and damaged the wheel. Lost over 30 minutes.

SS 7: Nil Solans hit a wall and damaged the suspension. Retired -> Rally 2

https://twitter.com/JoMoWRC/status/898585380731195393

SS 8: Thierry Neuville went off and there was a big branch stuck in the rear spoiler.

SS 8: Sébastien Ogier had a spin and lost 20 seconds.

https://twitter.com/DanosJo/status/898586833696702464

SS 8: Craig Breen lost the rear, spun and had to go into the field. Lost at least five seconds.

https://twitter.com/AM_Pieter/status/898593007854698496

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898604802996789249

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898605585947602944

https://twitter.com/suttonimages/status/898638986503225344

https://twitter.com/OttTanak/status/898594620568940544

https://twitter.com/AMikkelsenRally/status/898612273450631170

https://twitter.com/thierryneuville/status/898594987721490432

https://twitter.com/PontusTidemand/status/898601475982733312

https://twitter.com/EricCamilli/status/898625227772616704

https://twitter.com/TeemuSuninenRac/status/898596982226333696

Ott Tänak has turned 4.1 second mid-leg deficit into a 5.7 second overnight advantage during the afternoon loop of stages on Rallye Deutschland. Despite a tricky afternoon during which many of the drivers have slid off the road, the Estonian included, he retakes the lead and heads Andreas Mikkelsen who took the surprise advantage this morning despite a poor starting position. Championship contenders Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville have also swapped positions with Neuville now climbing to third when his rival spun in the final stage.

After torrential rain during the mid-day service, crews headed back out to the same two vineyard stages this afternoon before returning to the super special stage. The repeated Mittelmosel stage was rain soaked and again the crews ran different configurations of tyres, but mostly on full wets. Tänak took the stage win, even though he went straight into a vineyard on a tight hairpin, and managed to overhaul Mikkelsen in the following test. He then got stuck on some mud in the final stage and struggled to get back on the road on the slick tyres but held on to his advantage after a very tricky day of competition. Mikkelsen, in only his third outing in the C3 WRC, has excelled and barely put a foot wrong, showing the true potential of the car on tarmac. Behind him, Neuville climbed from sixth to third during the afternoon; he had a spin in the first stage, struggled with wheel spin and braking and then also ran wide in the final stage but was able to take Ogier when the Frenchman spun and lost 20 seconds, dropping him down to fourth but only 2.4 seconds adrift.

Elfyn Evans continues to hold fifth after a reasonably uneventful afternoon and the Welshman heads Juho Hänninen who is now the lead Toyota driver after Esapekka Lappi ended up in a wall with broken suspension and had to retire. Craig Breen struggled with confidence this afternoon and then spun into a field. Nevertheless he is seventh and within striking distance of Hänninen. Latvala has moved into eighth but is now nearly two minutes adrift of the lead after his engine woes of the morning. Hayden Paddon admitted to needing to regain his confidence tomorrow and the Kiwi is ninth with asphalt ace Jan Kopecky moving into the top 10 in his Škoda Fabia R5. The Czech driver heads the FIA WRC 2 Championship but is in a close battle with category leader Pontus Tidemand, the Swede only 5.8 seconds behind. The FIA Junior WRC Championship was a close-fought fight until series leader Nil Solans retired with suspension damage. With him out of the game today, his closest championship rival, Nicolas Ciamin, will be looking to capitalise and close the gap in the standings before they head to Spain for the final round of their series.

Results after Section 3

1.   Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC 1hr 07min 23.0sec
2.   Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger Citroën C3 WRC 1hr 07min 28.7sec
3.   Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 WRC 1hr 07min 51.2sec
4.   Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 1hr 07min 53.6sec
5.   Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC 1hr 08min 15.1sec
6.   Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström Toyota Yaris WRC 1hr 08min 37.7sec
7.   Craig Breen / Scott Martin Citroën C3 WRC 1hr 08min 47.5sec
8.   Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 1hr 09min 17.7sec
9.   Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall Hyundai i20 WRC 1hr 09min 52.5sec
10. Jan Kopecky / Pavel Dresler Škoda Fabia R5 1hr 10min 59.2sec

SS 1-4, FIA World Rally Championship

SS 5-8, FIA World Rally Championship

Day 1 / WRC2, FIA World Rally Championship

Day 1 / JWRC, FIA World Rally Championship

Day 1, Michelin Motorsport

Day 1, Hyundai Motorsport

Day 1, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC

Day 1, LiveRacingTV24

Day 1, RacingClipsGermany

Day 1, RALLYSUPPORTCOM

Day 1, marcel206GT

Day 1, Ziggysony Motorsport videos

Saturday 19 August

8:00 Service D (Bostalsee) – 15 min
9:11 SS 9 Arena Panzerplatte 1 – 2,87 km
9:31 SS 10 Panzerplatte 1 – 41,97 km
10.29 Tyre Fitting Zone (Birkenfeld)
11:10 SS 11 Freisen 1 – 14,78 km
12:08 SS 12 Römerstraße 1 – 12,28 km
12:48 Regroup and autograph session, St Wendel
13:50 Service E (Bostalsee) – 30 min
15:16 SS 13 Arena Panzerplatte 2 – 2,87 km
15:29 SS 14 Arena Panzerplatte 3 – 2,87 km
15:49 SS 15 Panzerplatte 2 – 41,97 km
16:47 Tyre Fitting Zone (Birkenfeld)
17:28 SS 16 Freisen 2 – 14,78 km
18:26 SS 17 Römerstraße 2 – 12,28 km
19:27 Flexi Service F (Bostalsee) – 48 min
‘Meet the Crews’, Service Park during the 45′ service
20:15 Parc Fermé (Bostalsee)
23:15 All cars must be returned to Parc Fermé no later than

Competitive distance: 146,67 km (Liaison 293,13 km, Total 439,80 km)

Sunrise 6:30 / Sunset 20:39

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/897396197987692544

https://twitter.com/rallytravel/status/897736177326882817

https://twitter.com/rallytravel/status/897574106102714369

https://twitter.com/rockollector/status/898205744151105536

The starting order:

ENTRANT (TEAM) DRIVER/CODRIVER NAT. NR CAR GR CL SEED PR  
M-Sport World Rally Team Armin Kremer / Pirmin Winklhofer D 14 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1
Hyundai Motorsport Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall NZ/GB 4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila FIN 10 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström FIN 11 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Craig Breen / Scott Martin IRL/GB 8 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
M-Sport World Rally Team Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barrit GB 3 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul B 5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
M-Sport World Rally Team Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia F 1 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger N 9 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
M-Sport World Rally Team Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja EE 2 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm FIN 12 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle GB/IRL 7 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
Hyundai Motorsport Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti E 6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC P1 M
ŠKODA Motorsport Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler CZ 34 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
ŠKODA Motorsport Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson S 31 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
M-Sport World Rally Team Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas F 33 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
M-Sport World Rally Team Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula FIN 32 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – M-Sport) Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais F 42 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(BRR Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) Marijan Griebel / Stefan Kopczyk D 41 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(CHL Sport Auto) Yoann Bonato / Benjamin Boulloud F 45 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(M-Sport) Gus Greensmith / Craig Parry GB 40 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(Tagai Rally Technology) Quentin Gilbert / Renaud Jamoul F/B 39 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Gekon Racing Simone Tempestini / Giovanni Bernacchini RO/I 37 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Škoda Auto Deutschland (BRR) Fabian Kreim / Frank Christian D 71 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5
TRT Peugeot WRT Łukasz Pieniążek / Przemysław Mazur PL 43 Peugeot 208 T16 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Motorsport Italia srl Benito Guerra / Daniel Cué MEX/E 36 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Adapta AS (Wevers Sport) Bernhard ten Brinke / Davy Thierie NL/B 47 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P3 WRC2
Hyundai Motorsport N Chewon Lim / Martijn Wydaeghe KOR/B 72 Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 R5
(J-Motorsport) Emil Bergkvist / Ola Fløene S/N 44 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Styllex Motorsport s.r.o. Edwin Schilt / Lisette Bakker NL 49 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 P3 WRC2
(PH Sport) Jean-Michel Raoux / Isabelle Galmiche F 22 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 WRCT
(J-Motorsport) Jourdan Serderidis / Frédéric Miclotte GR/B 23 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC P1 WRCT
ADAC OPEL Rallye Junior Team Jari Huttunen / Antti Linnaketo FIN 76 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
(Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – Saintéloc Racing) Yohan Rossel / Benoît Fulcrand F 38 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
Drive DMACK Trophy Team (M-Sport) Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan GB/IRL 48 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 P2 WRC2
(Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner / Karin Thannhäuser D 75 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
Nicolas Ciamin / Thibault de la Haye F 64 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
Timo van der Marel / Rebecca van der Marel-Smart NL/AUS 77 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
(Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner jr. / Jasmin Kramer D 78 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 RC3 R3
Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu F 65 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
Eamonn Boland / M.J. Morrissey IRL 80 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5
Armand Fumal / Michael Louette B 73 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5
ADAC Sachsen Julius Tannert / Jürgen Heigl D/A 66 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
Patrik Rujbr / Veronika Římalová CZ 74 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5
Nil Solans / Miquel Ibáñez Sotos E 63 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 P3 WRC3/JWRC
MSC Schiffweiler 1929 e.V. Uwe Gropp / Hanna Ostlender D 88 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T
(CHL Sport Auto) Taisko Lario / Tatu Hämäläinen FIN 86 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
Enrico Brazzoli / Maurizio Barone I 62 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 P3 WRC3
Marius Klein / Hans-Joachim Grimberg D 83 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
Jürgen Hohlheimer / Sandro Sanesi D/I 95 Renault Twingo RS R2 RC4 R2
Amaury Molle / Renaud Herman B 81 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
Josef Wecker / Stefan Clemens D 93 Renault Clio RS R3T RC3 R3T
ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. Sebastian Schwinn / Felix Griebel D 82 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
(CHL Sport Auto) Raphaël Astier / Frédéric Vauclare F 61 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 P3 WRC3
Yannick Wendling / Laurent Di Nisi FIN 87 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2
Frank Lauer / Martin Brack D 91 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T
Henk Vossen / Sander van Barschot NL 79 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5
ADAC Saarland e.V. Roman Schwedt / Henry Wichura D 84 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
(OPEL Rallye Junior Team) Tamara Molinaro / Veronica Engan I/N 90 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
MSC Potzberg Wolfgang Ehlhardt / Helmut Michel D 94 Opel Astra GTC CDTi RC2 NR4
ADAC Saarland e.V. Christian Bächle / Isabelle Brack D 96 Citroën DS3 R1 RC5 R1
Tom Williams / Phil Hall GB 89 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2

https://twitter.com/rallyparadise/status/898784939176599552

https://twitter.com/Michelin_Sport/status/898779657276751874

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/898791149975986176

https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/898789796973236224

https://twitter.com/OttTanak/status/898795148162846720

https://twitter.com/JariMattiWRC/status/898789973280792578

https://twitter.com/HaydenPaddon/status/898777347838459904

SS 9: Thierry Neuville hit something and  the rear-left wheel was hanging off. Retired -> Rally 2

https://twitter.com/OfficialWRC/status/898830933645590529

SS 10: Hayden Paddon had a puncture and stopped to change the wheel. Lost over 1.40 minutes.

SS 10: Pontus Tidemand had a right-rear puncture. The flailing rubber was wrecked the rear door and wheel arch. Lost at least 40 seconds.

https://twitter.com/EmyrPenlan/status/898825638181830656

SS 10: Teemu Suninen had a puncture and stopped to change the wheel. Lost over 2.30 minutes.

SS 10: Marijan Griebel got a front-right puncture. When realised it went off and got stuck in a ditch. Lost 3.30 minutes.

SS 10: Pierre-Louis Loubet got a puncture. Lost almost 2 minutes.

SS 10: Gus Greensmith had two overshoots in the first couple of kilometres.

SS 10: Nicolas Ciamin had a bent rear axle. Lost over 3 minutes.

https://twitter.com/JuniorWRC/status/898844604572762112

SS 10: Terry Folb hit a tree. Retired -> Rally 2

https://twitter.com/TerryFolb/status/898831680550486016

SS 11: Jari-Matti Latvala ran wide and spent a long time in a field.

SS 11: Craig Breen had an overshoot.

SS 11: Elfyn Evans spun on the first right-hand corner and lost a lot of time.

SS 11: Andreas Mikkelsen had a spin in a junction and stalled. Lost almost 10 seconds.

SS 11: Pierre-Louis Loubet had a spun and lost some time.

SS 12:  Craig Breen  overshot one junction and stalled the engine.

SS 12: Yoann Bonato had a gear selector problem. Was stuck in fourth. Lost over 30 seconds.

SS 14: Kris Meeke had a mechanical issue in the engine accessories. Retired

https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/898914569137135616

https://twitter.com/krismeeke/status/899043038823100416

SS 14: Andreas Mikkelsen had a stall on the start line and lost a couple of seconds.

SS 15: Jari-Matti Latvala had a slow puncture. Lost almost 2 minutes.

SS 15: Juho Hänninen had a broken damper.

SS 15: Esapekka Lappi had a front-left puncture. Lost almost 2.30 minutes.

SS 15: Jan Kopecký had a puncture and stopped to change the wheel. Lost over 1.30 minutes.

SS 15: Teemu Suninen had front right puncture, but completed just four-tenths slower than Camilli.

SS 15: Marijan Griebel had a front-right puncture.

SS 15: Fabian Kreim stopped. Retired

SS 16: Yoann Bonato had no clutch.

SS 17: Jari-Matti Latvala went to a bit too close to the bushes in a left-hand corner. Some damages to the front-left wheel arch.

SS 17: Craig Breen had an overshoot. Went into a field, not far but it took a lot of time getting back.

Ott Tänak takes a 21.4 second lead into the closing stages of Rallye Deutschland on Sunday, the Estonian on fine form and on track to scoop his second FIA World Rally Championship victory of the season. Behind him, however, the battle for second will be thrilling between Andreas Mikkelsen and Sébastien Ogier, the rivals split by 8.2 seconds with 52 kilometres of competition remaining.

Saturday’s afternoon loop of stages was almost identical to those of this morning, kicking off with two runs through the short Panzerplatte stage where Rally 2 contender Dani Sordo set the pace. Tänak has again performed faultlessly and while he has dropped a couple of seconds the Estonian has enjoyed the conditions and looks comfortable to take the win in the Fiesta WRC. Mikkelsen, in only his third rally for Citroën and first on asphalt, felt he had finally mastered the daunting Panzerplatte stage and is enjoying the fight. The Norwegian is confident he can maintain position tomorrow but is all too aware of the potential fight ahead, despite Ogier claiming he won’t risk everything for second place. The Frenchman was fastest in SS16, amazingly his first stage win since Rally de Portugal in May, but dropped a couple of seconds to Mikkelsen in the final test with some small mistakes.

Behind the leading trio Elfyn Evans has climbed into fourth at the expense of a charging Juho Hänninen who carried a broken damper through three of the five stages. Even so, the leading Toyota driver only dropped 4.2 seconds behind Evans and will surely be fighting hard to regain the position tomorrow. Craig Breen maintains sixth, an overshoot into a field his only mistake this afternoon and he too has the potential to be in the mix with Evans and Hänninen. Jari-Matti Latvala has had another frustrating few stages; he had a puncture in the long Panzerplatte stage and then sustained some damage to the Yaris when he brushed the bushes in the final stage. Too far adrift of Breen, the Finn will now doubtless be targeting top Power Stage points on Sunday. After Thierry Neuville was forced out after the first stage, Hayden Paddon flies the flag for Hyundai. The Kiwi has enjoyed today’s stages, despite this not being his preferred surface.

In the FIA WRC 2 Championship, Eric Camilli has moved into the lead, benefitting when asphalt ace Jan Kopecky had to stop and change a puncture. He heads the Czech driver by over a minute with Pontus Tidemand third in the category and within sight of the Championship title. Local driver Julius Tannert continues to top the Junior standings and the German now has an enormous lead over series leader Nil Solans.

The only leading retirement of the day was Kris Meeke, the Northern Irish driver out this afternoon with an unconfirmed mechanical problem.

Results after Section 5

1.   Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 31min 32.2sec
2.   Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger Citroën C3 WRC 2hr 31min 53.6sec
3.   Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 32min 01.8sec
4.   Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 33min 20.5sec
5.   Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström Toyota Yaris WRC 2hr 33min 24.7sec
6.   Craig Breen / Scott Martin Citroën C3 WRC 2hr 33min 38.9sec
7.   Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 2hr 35min 37.1sec
8.   Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall Hyundai i20 WRC 2hr 36min 03.5sec
9.   Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 2hr 40min 14.1sec
10. Armin Kremer / Pirmin Winklhofer Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 40min 26.7sec

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Sunday 20 August

6:25 Service D (Bostalsee) – 15 min
7:25 SS 18 Losheim am See 1 – 13,02 km
8:46 SS 19 St. Wendeler Land 1 – 12,95 km
9:13 Regroup, Bostalsee
10:28 SS 20 Losheim am See 2 – 13,02 km
10:51 Regroup, Losheim
12:18 SS 21 St. Wendeler Land 2 (Power Stage) – 12,95 km
13:00 Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Service Park
13:45 FIA Press Conference, Media Centre

Competitive distance: 51,94 km (Liaison 176,04 km, Total 228,50 km)

Sunrise 6:32 / Sunset 20:37

The starting order:

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https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/899128033206050816

https://twitter.com/EmyrPenlan/status/899228386375200768

https://twitter.com/MSportLtd/status/899242011047469056

https://twitter.com/OttTanak/status/899243553653764097

https://twitter.com/AMikkelsenRally/status/899293825922998273

https://twitter.com/MSportLtd/status/899242512942018560

https://twitter.com/SebOgier/status/899255599287984129

https://twitter.com/CitroenRacing/status/899223313205035009

https://twitter.com/HaydenPaddon/status/899226394231787520

https://twitter.com/MSportLtd/status/899243177416298496

https://twitter.com/EricCamilli/status/899261035995172867

https://twitter.com/PontusTidemand/status/899220199521611776

https://twitter.com/JuniorWRC/status/899294061365997569

https://twitter.com/DMACK_Tyres/status/899247442935283712

https://twitter.com/HMSGOfficial/status/899242424970731520

Ford Fiesta WRC drivers Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja claimed their second FIA World Rally Championship victory today when they took the top step of the podium on Rallye Deutschland. The Estonians led from the first full day of competition on Friday to take their first Tarmac win on an event their M-Sport team had yet to conquer. Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger held off Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia for second position, a fine result for the Norwegians on their third event with Citroën and first on asphalt for the French manufacturer.

“It’s a great feeling!” said Tänak. “The start to the rally went perfectly. After that it was just about controlling our lead. Winning our first Tarmac event feels cool. With 25 points here I don’t see any reason why we can’t fight for the Championship. We will keep fighting; we need to keep winning if we’re going to win the Championship.”

In the race for the title, Ogier had hoped for better but with Thierry Neuville retiring yesterday and failing to score any Power Stage points, the Frenchman now has a 17 point advantage over the Belgian with three rounds remaining. Ott Tänak maintains third but still with a chance of fighting for the title. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, M-Sport’s double podium sees it take an impressive 64 point advantage over Hyundai who had a more than disappointing weekend in Germany.

Today’s route was by far the shortest and covered two identical loops of two stages covering 51.94 competitive kilometres. In confident mood, Tänak was able to control his pace through the closing stages and never looked challenged before ultimately taking the win by 16.4 seconds. Mikkelsen nevertheless kept the pressure on the Estonian and fended off Ogier to take Citroën’s second podium of the season after Kris Meeke’s victory in Mexico. With both Ogier and Neuville making mistakes earlier in the event, Ogier adopted a more cautious approach after his Championship rival retired yesterday and the Frenchman set his sights on maintaining position and scoring as many points in the Power Stage as possible. He picked up two additional points.

Behind the leading trio, Juho Hänninen managed to climb to fourth; the Finn overhauled Elfyn Evans in the day’s opener when the Welshman overshot a junction and stalled. Evans’ woes continued with probably not the best tyre choice and he was passed by Craig Breen in the final stage, the Irish driver closing the gap in the penultimate stage with fastest time and powering ahead in the final one, dropping Evans to sixth. Jari-Matti Latvala salvaged some extra points for third in the Power Stage, adding to his tally for seventh overall. Hayden Paddon was the lead Hyundai driver in eighth and while team-mate Dani Sordo finished way down the order, the Spaniard took some consolation from maximum points in the Power Stage. Germany’s Armin Kremer finished ninth in his first outing in a 2017 spec WRC car.

Eric Camilli rounded off the top 10 and also won the FIA WRC 2 Championship category in a Fiesta R5. He headed asphalt ace Jan Kopecky by nearly a minute. Pontus Tidemand’s third position was enough to secure the Swede an unassailable lead in the category and he and Skoda provisionally take the title with three rounds remaining*. In the FIA Junior WRC Championship, local driver Julius Tannert took a dream win by an enormous margin after his rivals hit problems. Nil Solans, second in the category, looks on course to win the title on the final round of their Championship in Spain, but the Spaniard claimed the FIA WRC 3 Championship title here in Germany*.

The FIA World Rally Championship contenders now take a break before returning to action for Rally España (5-8 October).

Final results

1.   Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 57min 31.7sec
2.   Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger Citroën C3 WRC 2hr 57min 48.1sec
3.   Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 58min 02.1sec
4.   Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström Toyota Yaris WRC 2hr 59min 20.9sec
5.   Craig Breen / Scott Martin Citroën C3 WRC 2hr 59min 33.2sec
6.   Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC 2hr 59min 35.1sec
7.   Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC 3hr 01min 29.9sec
8.   Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall Hyundai i20 WRC 3hr 02min 04.1sec
9.   Armin Kremer / Pirmin Winklhofer Ford Fiesta WRC 3hr 07min 51.1sec
10. Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 3hr 08min 16.0sec

Results

  ENTRANT (TEAM) DRIVER/CODRIVER NAT. NR CAR GR   TIME  
1 M-Sport World Rally Team Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja EE 2 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC 2:57:31.7 M
2 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger N 9 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC 2:57:48.1 M
3 M-Sport World Rally Team Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia F 1 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC 2:58:02.1 M
4 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström FIN 11 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC 2:59:20.9 M
5 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Craig Breen / Scott Martin IRL/GB 8 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC 2:59:33.2 M
6 M-Sport World Rally Team Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barrit GB 3 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC 2:59:35.1 M
7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila FIN 10 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC 3:01:29.9 M
8 Hyundai Motorsport Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall NZ/GB 4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC 3:02:04.1 M
9 M-Sport World Rally Team Armin Kremer / Pirmin Winklhofer D 14 Ford Fiesta WRC RC1 WRC 3:07:51.1
10 M-Sport World Rally Team Éric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas F 33 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:08:16.0 WRC2
11 ŠKODA Motorsport Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler CZ 34 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:09:04.1 WRC2
12 ŠKODA Motorsport Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson S 31 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:10:06.7 WRC2
13 (Tagai Rally Technology) Quentin Gilbert / Renaud Jamoul F/B 39 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:11:19.4 WRC2
14 (Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – M-Sport) Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais F 42 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:12:04.9 WRC2
15 Gekon Racing Simone Tempestini / Giovanni Bernacchini RO/I 37 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 3:12:06.8 WRC2
16 M-Sport World Rally Team Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula FIN 32 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:12:33.2 WRC2
17 (BRR Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) Marijan Griebel / Stefan Kopczyk D 41 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:13:01.5 WRC2
18 Motorsport Italia srl Benito Guerra / Daniel Cué MEX/E 36 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:14:25.5 WRC2
19 (J-Motorsport) Emil Bergkvist / Ola Fløene S/N 44 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 3:15:20.9 WRC2
20 Adapta AS (Wevers Sport) Bernhard ten Brinke / Davy Thierie NL/B 47 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:15:31.2 WRC2
21 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm FIN 12 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC 3:15:36.9 SR M
22 Hyundai Motorsport N Chewon Lim / Martijn Wydaeghe KOR/B 72 Hyundai i20 R5 RC2 R5 3:19:08.0
23 TRT Peugeot WRT Łukasz Pieniążek / Przemysław Mazur PL 43 Peugeot 208 T16 R5 RC2 R5 3:20:29.6 SR WRC2
24 (PH Sport) Jean-Michel Raoux / Isabelle Galmiche F 22 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC 3:22:19.2 WRCT
25 (J-Motorsport) Jourdan Serderidis / Frédéric Miclotte GR/B 23 Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 WRC 3:23:55.2 WRCT
26 ADAC OPEL Rallye Junior Team Jari Huttunen / Antti Linnaketo FIN 76 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2 3:26:35.1
27 (CHL Sport Auto) Yoann Bonato / Benjamin Boulloud F 45 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 3:27:35.6 SR WRC2
28 (Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner jr. / Jasmin Kramer D 78 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 RC3 R3 3:29:10.3
29 Eamonn Boland / M.J. Morrissey IRL 80 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:29:13.0
30 Timo van der Marel / Rebecca van der Marel-Smart NL/AUS 77 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2 3:29:50.2
31 ADAC Sachsen Julius Tannert / Jürgen Heigl D/A 66 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 3:30:54.4 WRC3/JWRC
32 Drive DMACK Trophy Team (M-Sport) Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan GB/IRL 48 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:31:23.7 SR WRC2
33 (Gassner Motorsport) Hermann Gassner / Karin Thannhäuser D 75 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4 3:32:22.1
34 Hyundai Motorsport Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti E 6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC 3:32:50.7 SR M
35 Patrik Rujbr / Veronika Římalová CZ 74 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 3:36:53.5
36 MSC Schiffweiler 1929 e.V. Uwe Gropp / Hanna Ostlender D 88 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T 3:39:35.6
37 (CHL Sport Auto) Taisko Lario / Tatu Hämäläinen FIN 86 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 3:39:48.6
38 (CHL Sport Auto) Raphaël Astier / Frédéric Vauclare F 61 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 3:42:15.7 WRC3
39 Nil Solans / Miquel Ibáñez Sotos E 63 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 3:43:15.0 WRC3/JWRC
40 Enrico Brazzoli / Maurizio Barone I 62 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 3:46:06.3 WRC3
41 (Équipe de France FFSA Rallye – Saintéloc Racing) Yohan Rossel / Benoît Fulcrand F 38 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 3:49:36.4 WRC2
42 Henk Vossen / Sander van Barschot NL 79 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 3:52:38.0
43 Jürgen Hohlheimer / Sandro Sanesi D/I 95 Renault Twingo RS R2 RC4 R2 3:53:45.6
44 Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul B 5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC 3:53:57.3 SR M
45 Yannick Wendling / Laurent Di Nisi F 87 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 3:56:23.8
46 Frank Lauer / Martin Brack D 91 Citroën DS3 R3T Max RC3 R3T 3:57:14.3
47 Nicolas Ciamin / Thibault de la Haye F 64 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 3:58:14.9 WRC3/JWRC
48 Amaury Molle / Renaud Herman B 81 Peugeot 208 R2 RC4 R2 4:06:10.1
49 (OPEL Rallye Junior Team) Tamara Molinaro / Veronica Engan I/N 90 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2 4:06:10.7 SR
50 MSC Potzberg Wolfgang Ehlhardt / Helmut Michel D 94 Opel Astra GTC CDTi RC2 NR4 4:19:22.0
51 Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu F 65 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 4:24:30.1 SR WRC3/JWRC
52 Josef Wecker / Stefan Clemens D 93 Renault Clio RS R3T RC3 R3T 4:26:31.0 SR
53 ADAC Saarland e.V. Christian Bächle / Isabelle Brack D 96 Citroën DS3 R1 RC5 R1 4:33:12.0
54 Tom Williams / Phil Hall GB 89 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 4:59:15.6 SR
LEADING RETIREMENTS SS=Special Stage
SS ENTRANT (TEAM) DRIVER/CODRIVER NAT. NR CAR GR   CAUSE  
9 Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul B 5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC wheel bearing M
4,14 Hyundai Motorsport Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti E 6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC RC1 WRC accident M
1 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle GB/IRL 7 Citroën C3 WRC RC1 WRC hit a concrete barrier -> steering,water pump M
7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing W.R.T. Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm FIN 12 Toyota Yaris WRC RC1 WRC hit a wall -> suspension M
18 (M-Sport) Gus Greensmith / Craig Parry GB 40 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 radiator WRC2
17 (CHL Sport Auto) Yoann Bonato / Benjamin Boulloud F 45 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 WRC2
6 Drive DMACK Trophy Team (M-Sport) Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan GB/IRL 48 Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 R5 brakes WRC2
15 Styllex Motorsport s.r.o. Edwin Schilt / Lisette Bakker NL 49 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5 WRC2
7 Nil Solans / Miquel Ibáñez Sotos E 63 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 WRC3/JWRC
10 Terry Folb / Christopher Guieu F 65 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2 hit a tree WRC3/JWRC
15 Škoda Auto Deutschland (BRR) Fabian Kreim / Frank Christian D 71 ŠKODA Fabia R5 RC2 R5
19 Armand Fumal / Michael Louette B 73 Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 R5 gearstick
7 ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. Sebastian Schwinn / Felix Griebel D 82 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
21 Marius Klein / Hans-Joachim Grimberg D 83 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RC2 NR4
6 ADAC Saarland e.V. Roman Schwedt / Henry Wichura D 84 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2 accident
3,12 Tom Williams / Phil Hall GB 89 Ford Fiesta R2T RC4 R2
6 (OPEL Rallye Junior Team) Tamara Molinaro / Veronica Engan I/N 90 Opel ADAM R2 RC4 R2
12 Josef Wecker / Stefan Clemens D 93 Renault Clio RS R3T RC3 R3T
 
STARTERS 62 (2 WRC-T 2, 17 WRC2, 6 WRC3, 4 JWRC) FINISHERS 54 (2 WRC-T, 15 WRC2, 6 WRC3, 4 JWRC)     WINNER´S AVER. SPEED     kph
  RALLY LEADERS SS 1 Kopecký, 2 Sordo, 3 Tänak, 4-6 Mikkelsen, 7-21 Tänak
  WRC Trophy SS 1-7 Raoux, 8-9 Serderis, 10-21 Raoux
  WRC2 & RC2 SS 1-14 Kopecký, 15-21 Camilli
  WRC3 & JWRC SS 1-2 Solans, 3 Ciamin, 4 Solans, 5-9 Ciamin, 10-21 Tannert
  RC3 SS 1-21 Gassner jr.
  RC4 SS 1-21 Huttunen
   
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 THE ROUTE   SS   DISTANCE, km  
Ott Tänak 5 2 6 2 2 2
Daniel Sordo 5 0 0 0 1 4
  Andreas Mikkelsen 2 4 5 5 1 0
Jari-Matti Latvala 2 2 3 2 3 2
Juho Hänninen 2 0 0 2 3 2
Sébastien Ogier 1 5 6 2 3 1
Thierry Neuville 1 3 0 0 0 3
  Esapekka Lappi 1 2 0 1 1 1
  Craig Breen 1 0 2 0 3 4
  Hayden Paddon 0 2 1 1 1 2
Kris Meeke 0 1 1 2 1 0
Elfyn Evans 0 0 0 2 2 1
 
  WRC TROPHY
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Jean-Michel Raoux 13 8 0 0 0 0
  Jourdan Serderidis 8 13 0 0 0 0
 
  WRC2
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Jan Kopecký 12 5 1 0 1 1
  Pontus Tidemand 2 2 4 4 2 0
  Eric Camilli 3 7 4 2 1 1
  Yoann Bonato 2 3 2 1 1 2
  Teemu Suninen 1 3 5 3 3 1
  Jon Armstrong 1 0 1 2 1 1
  Pierre-Louis Loubet 0 1 1 3 4 2
  Marijan Griebel 0 0 1 1 4 3
  Gus Greensmith 0 0 1 1 2 3
  Quentin Gilbert 0 0 1 1 1 3
  Simone Tempestini 0 0 0 2 0 1
  Yohan Rossel 0 0 0 1 1 1
  Emil Bergkvist 0 0 0 1 0 1
  Bernhard ten Brinke 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Benito Guerra 0 0 0 0 0 1
  Edwin Schilt 0 0 0 0 0 1
 
  RC2
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Jan Kopecký 12 5 1 0 0 2
  Eric Camilli 3 7 4 1 2 1
  Pontus Tidemand 2 1 5 4 2 0
  Yoann Bonato 1 4 2 1 1 1
  Teemu Suninen 1 3 4 4 3 1
  Jon Armstrong 1 0 1 2 1 0
  Fabian Kreim 1 0 0 0 2 3
  Pierre-Louis Loubet 0 1 1 3 3 2
  Marijan Griebel 0 0 1 1 4 3
  Gus Greensmith 0 0 1 1 2 3
  Quentin Gilbert 0 0 1 1 1 2
  Simone Tempestini 0 0 0 2 0 0
  Yohan Rossel 0 0 0 1 0 2
  Emil Bergkvist 0 0 0 1 0 1
  Bernhard ten Brinke 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Benito Guerra 0 0 0 0 0 1
 
  WRC3
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Nicolas Ciamin 10 2 2 0 3 4
  Terry Folb 7 4 0 0 1 1
  Nil Solans 4 6 5 3 1 0
  Julius Tannert 0 6 9 3 3 0
  Raphaël Astier 0 3 4 11 2 1
  Enrico Brazzoli 0 0 1 4 11 5
     
  JWRC
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Nicolas Ciamin 10 3 4 4 0 0
  Terry Folb 7 4 0 2 0 0
  Nil Solans 4 6 7 2 0 0
  Julius Tannert 0 8 10 3 0 0
 
  RC3
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Hermann Gassner jr. 20 1 0 0 0 0
  Uwe Gropp 1 17 2 1 0 0
  Josef Wecker 0 2 10 3 0 0
  Frank Lauer 0 1 9 11 0 0
 
  RC4
  STAGE POSITIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Jari Huttunen 15 4 0 2 0 0
  Nicolas Ciamin 5 3 3 1 1 0
  Nil Solans 1 1 6 5 1 2
  Terry Folb 0 7 3 1 0 0
  Timo van der Marel 0 5 3 6 7 0
  Julius Tannert 0 1 2 5 4 7
  Roman Schwedt 0 1 1 0 0 0
  Taisko Lario 0 0 2 0 3 5
  Raphaël Astier 0 0 0 1 5 6
  Enrico Brazzoli 0 0 0 0 0 1

SS 21, FIA World Rally Championship

SS 18-20, FIA World Rally Championship

Highlights / WRC2, FIA World Rally Championship

Day 3 / JWRC, FIA World Rally Championship

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2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AFTER ROUND TEN:

1 Sebastien Ogier 177
2 Thierry Neuville 160
3 Ott Tanak 144
4 Jari-Matti Latvala 123
5 Dani Sordo 89
6 Elfyn Evans 87
7 Craig Breen 64
8 Juho Hänninen 58
9 Hayden Paddon 55
10 Esapekka Lappi 49
11 Andreas Mikkelsen 39
12 Kris Meeke 31
13 Teemu Suninen 25
14 Stéphane Lefebvre 22
15 Mads Østberg 19
16 Jan Kopecký 5
17 Pontus Tidemand 4
18 Eric Camilli 3
19 Stéphane Sarrazin 2
20Armin Kremer 2
21 Yohan Rossel 1
22 Bryan Bouffier 1

2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS AFTER ROUND TEN:

1 M-Sport World Rally Team 325
2 Hyundai Motorsport 261
3 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT 213
4 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 163

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rallye Deutschland
Post-event Press Conference
Sunday 20th August

Present:
1st – Ott Tänak, M-Sport World Rally Team
1st – Martin Järveoja, M-Sport World Rally Team
2nd – Andreas Mikkelsen, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
2nd – Anders Jæger, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
3rd – Sébastien Ogier, M-Sport World Rally Team
3rd – Julien Ingrassia, M-Sport World Rally Team
Malcolm Wilson, Team Principal, M-Sport World Rally Team

Q:
Ott, it is your second WRC victory, it is a win on tarmac at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland which M-Sport has never won before. How do feel?
OT:
It has been a great weekend and it is a great feeling. It was a tricky event which started in a very difficult way with extreme weather conditions and a lot of dirt on the road. We took a brave tyre decision which everybody on the team fought me for, but it worked out very well. The tyre decision decided the whole rally I would say.

Q:
Most of the rally was basically mistake-free for you?
OT:
The conditions were improving a lot after the rain. There was much more grip and it was much more enjoyable to drive.

Q:
We have seen a very confident Ott Tänak. Is this because you got your first WRC win already out your way? Did you feel less pressure?
OT:
For sure it is helping a bit. But the most important thing was the first drive through the long Panzerplatte stage where I managed to keep up with Seb [Ogier]. So I felt a bit more comfortable. He was pretty fast there before. But after this we managed to keep the pace up.

Q:
We thought you were going for more bonus points in the Power Stage. Was that going through your mind?
OT:
Not really. We are in this position in the championship where we need to collect all the points and it was very important to get these points. So I had to be smart this time. Let’s get some more experience so we can also start to push in these situations, but this time we needed to be safe.

Q:
How do you feel about your chances in the 2017 Championship?
OT:
It is never over before it is over. We managed to get closer to the two guys in front of us. It is three rallies to go and the gap is not too big, so let’s see what happens. We try to do our best job and it will be interesting at the end of the season.

Q:
Martin, the victory here is probably one of the best 30th birthday presents that you can get. How does it feel?
MJ:
The feeling is great. Thank you, Ott, for this present. It is always difficult to win on tarmac rallies with all these pace notes and especially so on Friday with the challenging weather conditions. In the end it was a perfect weekend for us.

Q:
The conditions on Friday were tough. How did you make it through there?
MJ:
We made a good tyre choice. That was the key to our win here in Germany.

Q:
Andreas, brilliant result on tarmac here in Germany. You must be feeling good with P2?
AM:
I feel great. When I saw the weather forecast coming into the rally I was sure I would not have a chance. Starting so far back on day one was really a challenge. But luckily I really enjoy the vineyard stages. By now I feel at home on these stages. So I pushed really, really hard because we knew that the weather would be better on day two and three. Our objective was to stay close to Ott which we did. The other days were also a challenge with small mistakes but I finally mastered the long Panzerplatte so our preparations paid off. So we are really happy to deliver this second place – for us but also for Citroën.

Q:
How much did you feel the pressure from Ogier sitting in P3?
AM:
Last year we were leading the rally going into the Panzerplatte stage. Then we lost 14 and 16 seconds on each run through. I knew that when he was four seconds behind me going into Panzerplatte I knew I needed to go for it because he was so much faster. But we managed to take some time out of Seb and this was the deciding moment.

Q:
This was an important result for Citroën but also for you. You said that Germany was your final event for Citroën. Do you have an update on whether you will appear in one of the remaining events this season?
AM:
I hope to do all the events. The important thing for me now is to find a place where we can fight for the championship next year. If this is for Citroën or not, I don’t know. But I have done three rallies with them and I enjoyed them. So let’s see if there are some more.

Q:
Anders, a tough weekend but a great result for you as well?
AJ:
We were excited for this event, considering our last tarmac event was Spain last year. Germany is not an easy tarmac rally. To be able to perform on this level in difficult conditions like on Friday and then to continue doing it is a confirmation for us that we are where we think we are. And to give Citroën a second place here we have to thank the team for a perfect car throughout this event. We are for sure very satisfied with this result.

Q:
It all worked out with the route note crews during the rally?
AJ:
Of course, when you start way back in the field like we did here, it is sometimes hard to really trust the information that you get from the crews because so many cars have already been through the stages. But they did an amazing job which is important to succeed in a rally like this.

Q:
Sébastien, how did you feel when you knew that your closest rival for the Championship, Thierry Neuville, had to retire for the day yesterday?
SO:
It changed a little bit at this point. We were aiming for more this weekend but we had a difficult start on Friday. It started with a wrong tyre choice in the afternoon. But when you are in a close fight for the championship like we were with Thierry it is difficult to take these rain tyres that we have never used before and don’t have any experience with. It is easier when you are a bit further back in the standings where you can try something, but for us we did not dare to make the choice at this point. In the end it cost us some time. I also struggled a bit with the car. But after that it was an okay weekend. But when Thierry stopped we did not want to take all the risk anymore. Ott did not leave any space for a comeback. He was strong and consistent at the top. We were not so far behind Andreas as well, but he was also fast. But we decided not to take any risks for three more points. At the end it was a good weekend. We are leading the championship again by 17 points. That’s the positive of the weekend for us.

Q:
What was your approach for the extra points on the Power Stage? Did you go for them or were you cautious there as well?
SO:
I saw that Thierry would not take so many points there so I did not have to go all crazy but some drivers were pushing hard at the same time. Once again, you have to take a lot of risks to get the max points. But still I wanted to get some points. Our two points are counting at the end of the season and maybe they will be the important ones.

Q:
You said that you wanted to have your future decided before the end of September. We have a little season break now so what will be happening in the next six weeks for you?
SO:
I am sure we will know much more in Spain. It would be great for M-Sport to get the full support again. What the team has achieved so far this year is amazing. It has a good lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship as a private team. It would be good to see their efforts rewarded.

Q:
So if the team got the manufacturer funding you would stay?
SO:
Yes, I always mentioned it. It is never easy to switch teams every year. I needed some time this year to get used to the team and the car. This always takes some time. If I could continue and build on what we did this year, I am sure we would be strong. But I also think that we would need a little bit more support to be where I want to be.

Q:
Julien, three rallies to go this season. It is a close fight for the championship but this is also very motivating for everyone, isn’t it?
JI:
I hope fans will also follow the rest of the championship as it gets more and more exciting. Everybody will come back motivated from the six-week break that is upon us. But speaking for us, we are determined to come strong for the final push.

Q:
Malcolm, you are leading in the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships, how do you feel about it?
MW:
Very, very happy as you can imagine. We did not think that we would achieve this kind of result prior to the event. But all the guys have done a fantastic job, particularly on Friday under difficult conditions. No real mistakes, stayed out of trouble, I could not ask for more from these guys. It has been a fantastic weekend for us.

Q:
How do you feel about the Manufacturers’ Championship in particular, because it was a big gain this weekend?
MW:
Finland turned out better than we expected, so that was a bonus. Getting this result was a real positive. Historically, we have been in this position before and ended up losing it. There are only three events left but we will try to do everything we possibly can to try and secure both championships.

Q:
It is the first victory for M-Sport in Germany, how about this?
MW:
All the boxes are ticked. Now I can retire!

Q:
Success in the WRC, but also success in the WRC 2 with Eric Camilli taking a win as well, so this has been good for the brand?
MW:
Eric had a great rally and he is really showing the promise that we all know he has got. He is really a solid professional driver. This win will further lift his confidence so hopefully Eric can go on to better things as well.

Q:
What will be going on during the upcoming six week break to keep that fantastic line-up of drivers that you have?
MW:
The results tell you that we have a great driver line-up. I would really love to retain all the guys. Whether this is achievable, I genuinely don’t know. If it was all in my power, that is what I would definitely like to be doing.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP (event winner)

Present:
1st – Eric Camilli, M-Sport World Rally Team
1st – Benjamin Veillas, M-Sport World Rally Team

Q:
Eric, it’s fantastic to see you on the top step of the podium of the FIA WRC 2 Championship on what has been such a tough weekend in Germany. How are you feeling right now?
EC:
Thank you, I’m feeling good of course. It’s an incredible weekend for us. We did what we needed to do. For us, it was very important to win here, especially on tarmac. We’ve done a good job this weekend, as well as the team. It was not an easy weekend for them and for us. We started with a problem but the mechanics were very, very efficient and professional. That’s why we were able to avoid a penalty because of the clutch, to continue the rally, to come back and to be able to fight. Thanks to all of them.

Q:
As you say, you had a clutch issue on Friday morning and brought the car back to service. Lots of mechanics were working really hard to change the clutch in time.
EC:
We were 100 percent sure that we would receive a penalty. On the last minute, we decided to not change it and try. We lost only 30 seconds. Later, when the car was okay again, we did the maximum to attack on Mittelmosel in the afternoon. After Kopecký had the puncture, it would have been very easy to have a puncture in Panzerplatte. We tried to avoid that and maybe we were just a little bit lucky compared to them.

Q:
Kopecký dropped over a minute behind you. Was it difficult to stay concentrated?
EC:
Yes, of course. With a one minute lead, you can say it’s easy to win. But in fact, it’s not. When you are in the car you can as well have a puncture. You can make a mistake or something else can happen. You don’t know. So, you need to stay focused, concentrated, as we did this morning.

Q:
Were you feeling a little bit nervous with your first win in WRC 2 on the cards here in Germany?
EC:
No pressure, to be honest, I was free. Because since this year in Mexico, okay we finished second after we had a big battle. In Sardinia we won the category, Finland went well, Poland as well. We were free and just wanted to win and finish the race correctly.

Q:
What happens now for the rest of the season? What can you tell us about 2018?
EC:
The next rally we’ll do is Spain. We don’t score points there but we’ll do Rally GB and score points there. We need to prepare for these two events and after that we’ll see.

Q:
Benjamin, congratulations to you, too. How was it from the co-driver’s seat? Stressful?
BV:
Stressful, maybe, yes – also on Friday morning honestly. I was focusing on my job.

Q:
How tough is a co-driver’s job here in Germany? Tougher on the Friday in the vineyard stages or is it generally tough all weekend?
BV:
No, all the weekend.

Q:
I know you had some mechanical issues on Friday. Were there any big moments out there that Eric hasn’t told us about?
BV:
Yes, sure. But I’m feeling very happy right now.

FIA WRC 2 CHAMPIONSHIP (Championship winner*)

Present:
1st – Pontus Tidemand, Škoda Motorsport
1st – Jonas Andersson, Škoda Motorsport

Q:
Welcome to the 2017 FIA WRC 2 Champions, Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson. Pontus, this must be such a good feeling for you. You’ve had a really successful year and you rounded it off early with a championship win already. How does it feel?
PT:
Thank you! For sure it feels good. This is special for us and the team. We have worked very hard and also the team has worked very hard, prepared very well before every rally. They’ve been putting all efforts there to take this title. That we managed to do it with one rally to go is very good.

Q:
You came into this event trying really hard not to think that you could win the championship title. Has it been quite a pressure-filled event for you?
PT:
Yes, on Friday it was going quite well in the fight for the first position. But early on Saturday we had a puncture and lost almost one minute. We lost contact to the top two. Then we changed strategy and tried to enjoy, drive and not to feel the pressure too much.

Q:
You tried to enjoy – did you manage to enjoy it?
PT:
Yes, for sure. There’s some nice stages and a lot of spectators. The car was very well, good and easy to drive. Then we had fun to drive it, yes.

Q:
When you got to the final stage today, knowing that when you reached the end of the Power Stage you would be champion, were there butterflies in your tummy? Were you a little bit nervous?
PT:
Maybe a little bit extra.
JA:
Yes!
PT:
We were listening to every sound in the car. Maybe a little bit, but it was okay.

Q:
So, what happens for the rest of the season? What’s next for Pontus Tidemand?
PT:
For sure, Rally GB and also some testing. We don’t know yet about Rally Spain.

Q:
Will you remain in WRC 2 and defend your title? Or will you be moving on to other things?
PT:
I Iive in the moment. No idea.

Q:
What would you like to do, Pontus?
PT:
What do you think?

Q:
A nice World Rally Car would be good, right?
PT:
Yes, that would be good. Soon, it should be time to take this step up. We will see. We’ll just keep working hard and need to get the chance.

Q:
Congratulations to you, Jonas, on the WRC 2 co-driver championship title. How do you feel?
JA:
Very, very good. Thank you. It’s been a pleasure the whole year. We’ve done six events so far and got four wins, one second place and now a third place here to secure the title win with one rally to go. It’s been an amazing year. I’m very, very happy for the both of us and for the team. The rest of the season: we’ll see how many rounds we can do. But then we can go really flat out.

Q:
There are absolutely no worries. You can do what you want in the remaining rounds.
JA:
Yes, that’s very nice. We’ll see. Like you said, we will do Rally GB. Hopefully, maybe, one event more.

Q:
Any little mistake can be punished quite hard. What about you – where you feeling any pressure at all this weekend?
JA:
Like we said, on Friday none of us really thought much about the championship. We just said before the rally that we wanted to go out and enjoy. We like the rally and just wanted to set some good times. On Saturday, when we had the puncture and dropped down to third place, then you start to think a bit more and start to go a little bit more onto the safe side. Then it all becomes a little bit more difficult because you don’t use the car properly and probably don’t concentrate 100 percent. Then you feel the pressure. Overall, for the weekend, it’s been very good, actually.

FIA JUNIOR WRC / WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP (event winner)

Present:
1st – Julius Tannert, ADAC Sachsen E.V.
1st – Jürgen Heigl, ADAC Sachsen E.V.

Q:
Julius, you’ve won with a 12-minute lead. You must be feeling good right now.
JT:
It’s a really good feeling to be here. To win the Junior WRC at your home event here in Germany is really unbelievable for me. We’ve said it before but it’s really hard against these strong competitors. We made less mistakes than the others. We secured the first place and we’re really happy about it.

Q:
Against three tarmac specialists it was always going to be very difficult. At the end of the day, did a little home advantage play its part?
JT:
For sure, we knew some stages. But as you just said, they are tarmac specialists who know the stages also from last year. They pushed really hard and it was hard for us to go the same speed. But in the end, we got first place and that’s great.

Q:
How did it go for you in terms of moments and mistakes?
JT:
Well, it started on Thursday with this stage in the city. We had a small moment when we touched the wall. Also in the vineyards, we had to reverse two times and the feeling was not so good. We lost a lot of time on Friday. And then on Saturday morning everything changed and went well for us. On the last one and a half days we secured the first position and took no further risks.

Q:
So many drivers say that you can lose focus when you’re not in a battle. You didn’t?
JT:
It was really hard, especially today. The stages look easy but they aren’t. To make no mistake is quite hard. If you’re not pushing and fighting for every second it is easy to make a mistake. This would have been a big drama if we had crashed on the last stage. I was a bit nervous at the start but in the end, everything went well.

Q:
Jürgen, were you a little bit nervous going into that final stage today, knowing that you could take the win?
JH:
Absolutely!

Q:
How difficult was it from a co-driver’s perspective to get everything on point this weekend?
JH:
It was really difficult because of the conditions, with the rain. But we are here now – we have won. That’s good.

Q:
Did you celebrate a little bit in the car when you crossed the finish line?
JH:
Maybe! But tomorrow I have to go to the Barum Rally.

Q:
You’re competing at Barum as well?
JH:
Just me.
JT:
I rent out my co-driver to others! I have to save some money for Spain!

FIA WRC 3 CHAMPIONSHIP (Championship winner*)

Present:
1st – Nil Solans
1st – Miguel Ibanez

Q:
Nil, congratulations on the FIA WRC 3 Championship win. We were waiting to see if it would be a Junior WRC Championship as well – but you picked up WRC 3. How are you feeling right now?
NS:
It was difficult. On Friday we went off. It was my fault. In one corner we were too late. Well, we are WRC 3 Champions. But that’s not the main championship that we want to win. We wanted to take points for both championships but we still have to concentrate and fight in Spain. We maybe need to change something on the car to be fast in Spain and win the championship.

Q:
You’ve had such a dominant season so far but here it was a bit tougher. We saw you make a mistake. Is that because of the pressure?
NS:
This time I was thinking more about to not do mistakes, winning the championship, and didn’t go as fast. In the wet stages I didn’t feel comfortable. I went too late while trying to play it safe. It’s a bit strange but we crashed. Luckily, the team could repair the car and everything was fine for the next day. We are still here, in second place. Everyone makes mistakes. It was a tricky event, really difficult. It’s our first time here in wet conditions. I think we learned something for next year.

Q:
When we go to Spain, your home event, you just have to win four stages to win the Junior WRC title. Is that correct?
NS:
Yes, let’s see if we can get these few stages. We know that we are fast. But we’ve seen what happened in the last rallies. It’s strange because in the first split times we’re always in front and then we start to lose much time. Maybe it’s the car, maybe us – we don’t know. We have to work.

Q:
Miguel, has this been the toughest weekend for a co-driver?
MI:
This weekend it was very, very difficult. Three different types of stages, very bumpy and wet. One small mistake and then you’re out.

Q:
Are looking forward to your home event in Spain?
MI:
Yes, it’s our home. I think this year it’s possible to win the rally and to win a lot of stages.

Team Reviews

Manufacturers: M-Sport World Rally Team (GB) / Ford Fiesta WRC (Michelin, Evans: DMACK)
1 Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (F)
2 Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (EE)
3 Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barrit (GB)

M-Sport secured an historic and momentous victory at this weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland – Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja powering their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to the team’s first ever win on German soil.

Another double podium also saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia regain a 17 point lead at the head of the drivers’ standings with a controlled drive to third.

If that weren’t enough, the team also secured victory in the WRC 2 category with Éric Camilli, Benjamin Veillas and the Ford Fiesta R5, as well as victory in the WRC 3 category with Julius Tannert, Jürgen Heigl and the Ford Fiesta R2. Fellow Fiesta R2 crew Nils Solans and Miguel Ibanez were also crowned the WRC 3 Champions this weekend.

The good news kept on coming as M-Sport also occupied 50 percent of the top-ten and extended their lead in the manufacturers’ championship to 64 points.

Taking their first win on German soil with style, the team have now secured victory on every round of the current format of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Everyone in the team is extremely happy as you can imagine. After all the work that went on behind the scenes, we knew that we could challenge for a strong result but never dreamt of achieving anything quite like this.

“All of the guys have done a fantastic job and I couldn’t ask for more. Ott has taken the win in WRC, Éric in WRC 2 and Julius Tannert in WRC 3 so it really doesn’t get much better than that.

“Up until today, this was the only rally on the calendar that we were yet to win, and now we have finally ticked all the boxes.

“It was also a really important result for the championship with increased leads in both the manufacturer and the driver standings.

“There might only be three events left, but we can’t let it slip now. As we’ve seen this weekend, anything can happen so we need to keep fighting and that is exactly what we intend to do.”

TÄNAK AND JÄRVEOJA
WINNERS AT RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja are proving a force to be reckoned with. Claiming their second victory of the year, they have now won on both gravel and asphalt and firmly established themselves as fierce contenders on any surface.

Leading the event for 16 of the 21 special stages, the Estonians set five fastest stage times and combined speed with a confident and intelligent approach. Reading the unpredictable weather flawlessly, they made the correct tyre choices at the correct times and judged their rhythm perfectly.

Taking confidence from the Fiesta’s performance, victory was theirs and they are now just 16 points adrift of second position in the drivers’ championship.

To make the result even more special, it was secured on their homeland’s 26th Re-Independence Day – giving the Estonian fans an added reason to celebrate the national holiday.

Stage performances:

SS18: =3rd (+3.1)
SS19: 4th (+3.2)
SS20: 9th (+4.9)
SS21: 10th (+7.1)

Ott Tänak (1st) said:

“What can I say, this has been a very tricky rally and there were a lot of other favourites but we just did everything right. We’ve won on Tarmac and we know we can win on gravel, so now there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be challenging for victory everywhere.

“The car really has been fantastic all weekend so a massive thanks to the team who have worked so hard in the lead-up to this event. I was able to take a lot of confidence from that and when the conditions were a bit more consistent it really was just so enjoyable to drive.

“It’s been a great weekend and I think we made the difference on Friday. It was a really clean run and we were very brave on the tyre choices which turned out to be a good call. After that it was just a case of controlling the lead.

“Another win feels good and with three events to go I don’t see why we shouldn’t be looking to the guys ahead and to the championship lead ourselves. If you want to fight for the championship you have to keep winning, and that is what we plan to do.”

OGIER AND INGRASSIA
THIRD OVERALL AT RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

Thanks to their seventh podium of the year at this weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are back in command of the drivers’ championship.

When main rival Thierry Neuville became an unlucky victim of the treacherous conditions, Ogier delivered a controlled and intelligent drive to secure a 17 point lead at the head of the standings – courtesy of a third place finish and an additional two points in the Power Stage.

With just three events left to contest there remains all to play for, but the pairing have taken an important step in their championship defence.

Stage performances:

SS18: 5th (+4.8)
SS19: 9th (+9.2)
SS20: 5th (+2.4)
SS21: 4th (+2.7)

Sébastien Ogier (3rd) said:

“In terms of the championship, it’s been a positive weekend and we’ve extended our lead back up to 17 points which is always the most important objective. Of course I wanted more and it would have been nice to have really challenged for the win, but it’s not been a bad weekend.

“We had a difficult start on Friday. I didn’t have the correct set-up for the vineyard stages and probably made the wrong call on the tyres. We know now that the wet tyre is performing really well, but when you’ve not had a lot of experience with them, and the battle is so tight, it’s difficult to take the risk.

“After that it was all okay but once Thierry [Neuville] had stopped there was no need to take any risks. We were not too far behind Andreas [Mikkelsen], but he had good speed and we weren’t prepared to risk it all for just three more points.

“We have a bit of break now, and for sure I will enjoy it ready for the final push on the three remaining events.”

EVANS AND BARRITT
SIXTH OVERALL AT RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND

Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt delivered a resilient drive this weekend. Running as high as fourth overall, the pairing were locked in an intense battle with Juho Hanninen and Craig Breen but had to settle for sixth when encountering a lack of traction through the event’s closing stages.

Despite missing out on this occasion, Evans showed good speed and ensured that the Ford Fiesta WRC accounted for 50 percent of the overall top-six.

Stage performances:

SS18: 10th (+11.8)
SS19: 11th (+9.7)
SS20: 10th (+5.4)
SS21: 9th (+6.5)

Elfyn Evans (6th) said:

“It’s not been the best of weekends for us, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. At times the pace was pretty good and we pushed as hard as we could through every stage. But there were so many surfaces changes and it’s probably fair to say that we struggled on some of them.

“We’ve made some good progress since Corsica which is a big positive, and the team as a whole have secured a really strong result so we’re looking forward to the next one.”

WRC2

M-Sport World Rally Team / Ford Fiesta R5 (Michelin)
32 Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula (FIN)
33 Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas (F)
40 Gus Greensmith / Craig Parry (GB)
42 Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais (F)
48 Jon Armstrong / Noel O’Sullivan (GB/IRL) DMACK

Éric Camilli (1st WRC 2) said:

“I’m so happy with this result and I really need to say a massive thank you to the team who have done an amazing job all weekend.

“It was a bit of a stressful start, but the team did a fantastic job and we were able to fight back and have a really good battle with Jan.

“When he picked up a puncture, it was all about controlling the lead and that is exactly what we did. Thank you again to the team and also to Benji for this win.”

Pierre-Louis Loubet (5th WRC 2) said:

“It has not been a bad weekend for us and I think we can be happy. We were unlucky to get a puncture yesterday and without that it would have been a really strong result.

“We took a lot of pleasure from these stages and the car has felt really good all weekend. I feel like we’re improving all the time, we just need to pull all of the small details together.”

Teemu Suninen (7th WRC 2) said:

“At the end of the weekend I think I can be happy. We finished the rally, improved our pace and learnt a lot about how to read the road and where to expect all the mud and gravel. The result may have been a little disappointing, but still we were really close to the top times and I think next year we will come back stronger and able to secure a good result.”

Jon Armstrong (14th WRC 2) said:

“All in all I would say that it has been a pretty good event for us. After what happened on Friday we managed to pick up the pace and just got better and better.

“We’re starting to understand the technique needed for these R5 cars and we were able to set a first and third fastest time which I was really pleased with on my first time in a four-wheel-drive car.

“Our next outing will be in Spain and I’m looking forward to that. We’ll have to learn again the technique for gravel, but we can take everything we learnt this weekend and apply that to the Tarmac stages.”

Manufacturers: Hyundai Motorsport (D) / Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC (Michelin)
4 Hayden Paddon / Sebastian Marshall (NZ/GB)
5 Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (B)
6 Daniel Sordo / Marc Marti (E)

Our home rally might not have delivered the overall result that we wanted, but there was a small positive on the final day.

Dani and Marc scored their fifth stage win of the weekend, and our sixth in total, with a strong run through the St. Wendeler Land Power Stage. The Spaniards added five extra points for the drivers’ championship at the end of a frustrating rally.

The result meant that they were equal with eventual winner Ott Tanak for most stage wins of the weekend.

Powering through

“This hasn’t been the rally we wanted at all so it was nice to end it with a Power Stage win,” said Dani. “It shows what we might have been able to achieve without our problems this weekend.”

Hayden and Seb were the highest placed of our crews down in eighth place. They also improved their performances as the event progressed, claiming the second quickest time through Sunday’s SS20 (Losheim am See, 13.02km).

“When conditions were more consistent, we showed some improvement in performance compared to last year,” Hayden explained. “I am pleased that we made it to the end, showing better stage times.”

Our Belgians were unable to make any impression on the rally’s final four stages after their retirement on Saturday. Re-joining under Rally 2, they also saw an end to their impressive run of Power Stage points-scoring finishes.

“We made too many small mistakes and struggled with the handling of the car,” admitted Thierry. “It’s a massive disappointment to come away with so little from a rally in which we were hoping to be at the front.”

Break from the old routine

The result sees Thierry slip to second in the drivers’ championship, 17 points behind Sébastien Ogier. He remains upbeat despite the difficulties faced in Germany.

“The championship is not over,” he said resolutely. “I will give everything to turn things around in the final three rounds of the season.”

Our Team Principal Michel is also determined to move on from the disappointment.

“Not so much a weekend to forget, as a rally from which we must learn and bounce back,” he said.

We will have to wait until October to do that, as WRC heads into a six-week break before Rally de España. It will give us an opportunity to reflect and prepare for the final rounds of the season.

Michel concluded: “As I said after our disappointing Saturday, it is not in our nature to give up without a fight, and that’s the mentality with which we will tackle the three remaining rallies.”

Manufacturers: Citroën Total Abu Dhabi W.R.T. (F) / Citroën C3 WRC (Michelin)
7 Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle (GB/IRL)
8 Craig Breen / Scott Martin (IRL/GB)
9 Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger (N)

A podium finish for Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger and a second C3 WRC in the top five thanks to the efforts of Craig Breen/Scott Martin: in Germany, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT met the targets set by Yves Matton before the start.

THE STORY OF THE RACE
The ADAC Rallye Deutschland began on Thursday evening with a super special stage held in the streets of Sarrebruck. On a course unsuited to the wide World Rally Cars, Kris Meeke was the evening’s biggest casualty. The Northern Irishman was forced to stop after hitting a concrete wall and breaking the steering. He was able to rejoin the next day under Rally2 rules, but with the disadvantage of a ten-minute penalty.

Friday’s opening leg was mainly held on steep roads winding through the Mosel vineyards. Despite being well down the running order, Andreas Mikkelsen immediately joined the fight for the lead. The Norwegian then claimed a stage win on SS4 to move into the overall lead.

The scattered showers of the morning had turned into heavy rain by the time the crews tackled their second runs on the stages. Despite using the Michelin Pilot Sport Full Wet tyres, Andreas Mikkelsen was unable to hold off Ott Tänak, who moved into the overall lead after SS7. By the end of the day, there was only 5.7s between the top two.

Struggling to feel comfortable on a rally with which he is relatively unfamiliar, Craig Breen made several minor mistakes during the day. Behind Neuville, Ogier, Evans and Hänninen, the Irishman held seventh place at the end of the opening leg.

On Saturday, the crews tackled stages held in the Baumholder military base. On the first run on the famous Panzerplatte stage, Mikkelsen lost ground to Tänak due to an overly conservative tyre choice. Andreas then made a few minor mistakes, enabling Sébastien Ogier to narrow the gap behind him!

The C3 WRC driver then pushed to the maximum on the second pass on Panzerplatte, setting the second fastest time to keep up the pressure on Tänak and find a little breathing space clear of Ogier…

Craig Breen enjoyed a better day than on Friday, especially on the second pass with a more consistent tyre choice. Due a variety of racing incidents, he moved up to sixth position, less than twenty seconds behind Evans and Hänninen.

In contrast, Kris Meeke’s fortunes took a turn for the worse as his race ended for good after SS14. Just as he was beginning to get close to the pace of the leaders, the British driver had to retire with a mechanical issue in the engine accessories.

Just four short stages remained on Sunday to finalise the standings. Still pushing hard, Mikkelsen moved clear of Ogier… whilst closing slightly on Tänak. The positions remained unchanged for the rest of the rally, however, meaning the no.9 C3 WRC secured second place.

Meanwhile, Craig Breen went on a final day charge, closing fast on Elfyn Evans. He edged ahead of his rival on the Power Stage to add to his ever-expanding collection of fifth-place finishes!

QUESTIONS FOR YVES MATTON, CITROËN RACING TEAM PRINCIPAL
Did you meet the targets set in Germany?

“Before the start of the rally, I had asked the drivers to push at a level that would enable them to get involved in the fight for the lead. A certain amount of risk-taking became necessary, given the weather forecast and the fact our drivers were all starting well down the running order on the opening leg. Implicitly, we were aiming for a podium finish and a top five spot for the second car. So yes, in the end, the result is entirely in keeping with our expectations.”

How would you assess the performance of Andreas Mikkelsen, on his third rally in the Citroën C3 WRC?

“During the pre-event test, Andreas was very excited about the potential of the car on tarmac. Despite his lack of experience with the C3 WRC on this surface, he immediately got among the frontrunners at the start of the rally. Just like we had asked him, he managed to push to the right level in order to go fast. I’m also pleased that he finally managed to master Panzerplatte. He was a bit nervous about this stage, but we were able to improve his confidence by giving him the benefit of Citroën Racing’s experience at this event. I’m delighted that the discussions worked on both sides.”

Craig Breen seems to have become a specialist in finishing fifth: are you happy with that?

“After a promising season in 2016, Craig has confirmed that he deserves his place among the elite of world rallying. This series of six fifth places shows his ability to manage races from start to finish. This weekend, he was competing in only his third Rally Deutschland. His lack of experience, combined with the changeable weather, led to him making a few mistakes during the early stages of the rally. But he kept clear of any serious trouble and went on to claim a fine top-five spot, which helped us to meet our targets for the weekend.”

Kris Meeke had a more difficult weekend…

“Before the rally had properly got underway, he was already ten minutes off the pace because of what he himself described as a stupid mistake. I have to say that I also think that the course for this stage was entirely unsuited to the 2017 WRCs! After such a disappointing start, I understand that it was difficult for him to find the motivation needed to match the pace of the leaders. Friday’s leg was difficult, but he was fast on the Baumholder stages on Saturday. Unfortunately, his race came to a premature end due to a mechanical issue and we retired the car because we didn’t want to risk damaging the engine. It also meant Paul Nagle could head home early to meet his new son, who was born on Saturday.”

There are a few rumours going around the service park regarding potential driver transfers for 2018. What is your position on this issue?

“I think everyone knows that the next month is likely to be a busy period as regards driver transfers. As is the case with the development of the car, the priority is to prepare for 2018. We now have a break in the WRC calendar, so we are going to use the month of September to draw up our strategy. In doing so, we are talking to the drivers who could help up to reach our goals. For the time being, nothing has been decided.”

Manufacturers: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRC (FIN) / Toyota Yaris WRC (Michelin)
10 Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (FIN)
11 Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström (FIN)
12 Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (FIN)

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team enjoyed a great final day on Rallye Deutschland with two more stage wins, taking its total this weekend to five and demonstrating the progress that the team is making with the Yaris WRC on asphalt. Juho Hänninen took his second stage win of the event as he finished a superb fourth overall. Jari-Matti Latvala finished seventh, while Esapekka Lappi also scored a stage win to end his challenging event on a high note.

Hänninen began the day by winning the Losheim am See stage to lift him up into fourth place, a position which he then cemented over the final three tests. It completed a great performance from Hänninen on a rally he last contested in 2011. On the next stage, St. Wendeler Land, Lappi took a satisfying stage win. The Rally Finland winner had been forced to retire from the opening leg after damaging his car’s suspension and then struggled for speed after restarting yesterday, but he carefully analysed his performance overnight and made a clear improvement. Latvala, who won two stages himself earlier in the rally but was delayed by a technical issue, made it a Toyota one-two on the stage. Lappi and Latvala later finished second and third on the rally-ending Power Stage to claim four and three bonus points respectively, with Lappi missing out on the win by only 0.2 seconds.

Quotes:
Tommi Mäkinen (Team principal)
“I am very pleased with our performance on this rally. It could have been even more but for the issue for Jari-Matti on Friday. At the beginning of the rally he had good speed and he could easily have fought for the win. Today was a very good day for us. Especially for Esapekka, he made a good improvement. Today was very important day for him to improve his confidence for this kind of condition. And now I’m really sure that Esapekka is ready to come here next year for fighting. Juho did generally a very excellent drive with fast stage times, and very close to be fighting for the podium. We are confident now that the performance on tarmac is also at a good level. It’s looking good now for the future. Now we will go to Spain where we again should improve our performance.”

Jari-Matti Latvala (Driver car 10)
“In the first stage this morning I was a little bit slow; I wasn’t quite awake yet. The second one went really well. I liked the stage and I had a good feeling about it going into the Power Stage. Unfortunately I had a touch in a left-hand corner very early in the stage, and I didn’t push because I was afraid I had a puncture. Still, it’s nice to get some points after the problem earlier in the rally.”

Juho Hänninen (Driver car 11)
“I’m very happy with this result. I lost a lot of time on the first day, but after that it has been good. The car has been great and the feeling has been good. I could enjoy pushing this morning, and then I backed off a bit. It’s very positive, especially if you compare it to the first part of the season.”

Esapekka Lappi (Driver car 12)
“We did a lot of analysis last night and found things that I was doing wrong, and today was a lot better. The second stage was really good. On the next one I went off because I braked too late, and the engine stalled. On the Power Stage I was really lucky, I had a big moment. But we must be happy with the speed we had today.”

ŠKODA Motorsport / ŠKODA Fabia R5 (Michelin)
31 Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson (S)
34 Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler (CZ)

At ADAC Rallye Deutschland ŠKODA Motorsport crew Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson took the first match point to prematurely win the World Rally Championship (WRC2). Teammates Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, delayed by a puncture on the second day of the rally, finished a strong second. With this result ŠKODA Motorsport also secured the WRC2 Team Championship three rallies before the end of the season.

After twisty vineyard stages on rainy Friday followed by sun-baked concrete tracks on the infamous military area of Baumholder, the last day of Rallye Deutschland offered mixed conditions on four very fast stages in the Saarland area close to Lake Bostal.

With a fast and controlled drive Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler secured their overnight second place in WRC2 category. A possible win slipped through their fingers on Saturday when they suffered a puncture on the 42 kilometres long “Panzerplatte” stage on Baumholder.

“That’s rallying. From there on we concentrated on bringing home the second place and used the rally as a kind of extra training for the Barum Rally next weekend,” said the reigning Czech Rally Champion.

For the Swedish pairing Pontus Tidemand and co-dodriver Jonas Andersson the challenge was different.

“After a puncture on Saturday we were literally in the middle of nowhere, with a gap to Jan in front of us and a comfortable margin to the fourth position in the WRC2 classification. On the last day, it was all about bringing the car to the finish in one piece in order to win the drivers’ title and give the team the reward it deserves,” commented the Swedish ŠKODA driver.

After four wins (Sweden, Mexico, Argentina and Portugal) and a second place at Rally Poland, a third place at Rallye Deutschland was enough for Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson to secure the World Rally Championship (WRC2) already three rallies before the end of the season.

On the podium at Lake Bostal ŠKODA Motorsport boss Michal Hrabánek could celebrate not only the drivers’ title but as well the win of the Team Championship in WRC2: “I am proud and happy for the whole team. Pontus and Jonas really deserve the title. And our ŠKODA FABIA R5, which so far is sold more than 160 times to customers worldwide, proved as well that it is the best rally car in its category.”

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