Four riders fighting for the lead of the Rally of Germany


Began the Rally Germany with a few ingredients more
own a rally of earth
. After a first stage disputed in the
narrow roads that cut through the vineyards near Trier, up to four riders
bid for the leadership of the test. For the moment, and after a day almost
perfect, Andreas Mikkelsen is at the forefront of the Rally of Germany, although their
ahead of Ogier and Neuville is really small. Immersed in this fight
also is Dani Sordo
. The asphalt is manna in the desert for the pilot
cantabrian who after five sections is 12.7 seconds of the head.

Five gums and hard to compete. That was the choice
majority among the riders equipped with Michelin tyres. However, the
luck is not dished out in a way so identical in ‘Mittelmosel’, first section
of the test. Almost no option to go into heat at the controls of their cars,
several riders were out of the game. The low most prominent was that of
Jari-Matti Latvala
, just a few kilometres after the exit
began to move slow. The gearbox of his Volkswagen Polo R WRC
he said simply and, with it, the Finnish goodbye to your options. To the pair, Sébastien
Ogier is scored the first scratch

It was not Latvala far from the only victim of a first
stretch almost ‘terrifying’. Eric Camilli suffered two outputs of track to
he left his Ford Fiesta RS WRC caught between the vineyards, while Quentin
Giordano and Julien Maurin, drivers WRC2, also stayed out of game
the first change after two accidents. With the first two sections
delicate for the dirt raised by the hire of head, Dani Sordo
managed to survive with credit, while his teammate Hayden
Paddon suffered a spin that made him lose 23 seconds


Despite the start of the test with domain of Ogier,
leadership at the end of the loop morning was for Andreas Mikkelsen
, every time that the
French suffered from a mistake in a hairpin. The Norwegian picked up momentum from the
this situation and noted the scratch time on SS3, while Ogier
took advantage of its condition of open track to be recorded the two best times
remaining. Be that as it may, the dancing times between the three special
where the distances between the first four riders to capture
reduced to the minimum expression in a duel for couples between Volkswagen and

All in all, Andreas Mikkelsen holds an advantage of 4.3
seconds over Sébastien Ogier
, who was on the last leg of the journey
Thierry Neuville through the second position of the classification. The belgian by his
part is 5.9 seconds of the head, , while Dani Sordo is fourth in
an advantage pleasing of 12.7 seconds. However, what perhaps is
most important to Dani Sordo is that in spite of its negative position output
andto have a comfortable advantage of more than 42 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak, fifth with
the new tyres DMACK.

And is that the Estonian is still the best of the ‘other’. Con
a Ford Fiesta RS WRC far from being competitive
and a single Citroën DS3 WRC in
track, what is certain is that the alternatives are limited. In fact, Stéphane
Lefebvre with the World Rally Car, French is the sixth ranked ahead of
Mads Ostberg and Hayden Paddon. The new zealander has had a hard day with a
top and a touch that left him pretty damaged his i20 WRC. Even so, Paddon is
eighth ahead of the two best riders of the category WRC2
, which does not
pose a threat to the pilot of Hyundai.


The category WRC2 has been almost a mirror of the problems
by some of the World Rally Car. And is that the margin of the
mentioned accident of Quentin Giordano and Julien Maurin, Esapekka Lappi
suffered three spinning tops
during the first two sections, José Antonio ‘Rocket’
Suárez left his stamp to base of large time -scratch included – and some
scare and Jan Kopecký said goodbye to any option of victory. In the end,
best survivor has been the local rider Armin Kremer
, which has an advantage
of 28.4 seconds on Lappi and more than a minute on the belgian Ghislain De

In JWRC all the riders have arrived at the end of the first
stage, which is almost an achievement seen as seen. However, that has not prevented
that on the asphalt German were large differences between their
participants. In this way, Simone Tempestini is the first leader in the Junior
with a margin of 12.1 seconds over Martin Koci, his only rival after five
sections. Finally, in the Drive DMACK for the british to live freely after the
march of Bernardo Sousa. Osyan Price dominates the cup brand about your
compatriot Jon Armstrong
. Third, there is the Polish Jakub Brzezinski.

Classification after SS5 of the 33rd Rally of Germany

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC 59:42.6
2nd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +4.3
3rd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +5.9
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +12.7
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +55.4
6th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 WRC +1:06.6
7th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:32.4
8th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +1:45.0
9th Armin Kremer Skoda Fabia R5 +3:03.1
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +3:29.8

the second stage of The Rally Germany will start this Saturday at the 8:20pm and will be composed of a total of nine sections, divided into two loops symmetrical but with a super special stage during the morning session. In total, the riders will face 148,57 kilometres against the clock, with two passes of the dreaded ‘Panzerplatte’.