After the end of the second day of the Rally of Germany is Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris) still authoritarian to the pipe. The Est has a 43.7 lead on the first pursuer Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupe). That Spaniard has, in turn, just 0.8 ahead of the third, the finn Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris). Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe) is fourth at 44.5.
Just as Friday experienced the world cup leader Neuville a difficult day, but are titelconcurrent Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta) was not good at all. The Frenchman drove into the 13th klassementsrit leak, lost 1:43 and is in the position now seventh, 1:51.2. With three rides for the bow promises to be the Sunday was a particularly exciting day to be.
Also already won Ott Tänak on Saturday, none of the eight klassementsritten, yet he was the man of the match. Friday night he parked his car in the fleet with 12.3 advantage on his first pursuer. Saturday night he has the divide deepened to 43.7. He remained in the neighbourhood of the winner and controlled the match. Though he was during the first round, not really happy about his car. “This morning I felt not really comfortable in the car. That is unfortunate, but that happens sometimes. About the championship, but now I will not yet speak. First we have Sunday’s three stages to finish.”
During the first round of four stages won as many riders a klassementsrit. Latvala was the best out of the starting blocks, then Sordo lord and master was on the Pantzerplatte. Esepekka Lappi (Toyota Yaris) and Craig Breen (Citroën C3), the names of the two other rides for their account. Saturday afternoon won Sordo a further two stages, but Latvala was never far away.
Neuville had Saturday one place abandonment, from three to four. “I have spent the whole day with the car fought, but with the eye on the championship we’re doing a good thing. I must accept that I set the pace of the riders in front of me can’t handle. I have a really hard driven and yet I was not on their times. We must think of the championship, but we can also second. It is difficult to get a compromise and a good rhythm.”
Ogier was undeniably the pechvogel of the day. After his flat tire, he fell back to ninth place, to the day, eventually finished seventh to decide. After his flat tyre was Ogier, the fastest in the penultimate ride of the day. “I push as much as I can and take all the risks I can take. I have nothing more to lose. I am disappointed and would be able to vienna. We have so many efforts and get there eventually nothing in return. It is hard to accept but it is no different. But we come back stronger.”
On the final day, there are still three klassementsritten driven. The rally ends Sunday afternoon with the powerstage.