The chaotic second day of the Rally of Germany has left a script to be widely known. Sebastien Ogier has left almost sentenced the test after giving a hit the table in the section of greater mileage of the sabbath, in this case the dreaded ‘Panzerplatte Long’. There, the French built the advantage to 33.4 seconds, which boasts a Andreas Mikkelsen ended the day with problems. Dani Sordo third and Thierry Neuville fourth, are the great threat to the doublet of Volkswagen any time that behind the failures, mistakes and accidents have left a gloomy picture among the first classified.
The dance among the soft tyres used by Andreas Mikkelsen and compounds hard used by the rest of the contenders to the victory, united to the eternal promise of rain that ended not fulfilled marked the development of the first three sections. Mikkelsen and Ogier alternated the strokes in the first two sections, while Dani Sordo lost some strength in relation to Thierry Neuville, perhaps the best was right with the mounts. The result is that after the first two sections and the two special matinee double exchange leader, ‘Panzerplatte Long’ was called upon to render a judgment.
And yet, only seven pilots managed to complete the for 40.8 kilometres of a stretch that ended with a scratch, and leadership of Sébastien Ogier, something that took very little value. All for a brutal and wild accident of Stéphane Lefebvre in one of the areas most rapid in the stretch. Neutralized by the mishap, the entire caravan of the WRC was left waiting for news of the French rider. And is that the blow which left the Citroën DS3 WRC PH Sport as you can see in the picture ended it was really hard, although the safety of these cars turned out to be almost miraculous.
The end result of the accident in ‘Panzerplatte’ was
hospitalization of Stéphane Lefebvre as his co-driver Gabin
Moreau. Both came aware to the medical centre, although with several
fractures and some internal injuries that are still to assess. By
luck the life of none of the two is in danger, although according to have
press release from PH Sport, Moreau has had to be operated from one of
the fractures of his leg. A lesser evil to an accident that could
have ended in tragedy, and that obviously left an aftertaste a bitter
face the loop evening.
With all Sebastien Ogier put the
direct and with two of the four scratch had his advantage over Andreas
Mikkelsen for over half a minute. Understandable if we have in
account the right choice of tyres made by the French and their
condition of pilot that would track a big advantage when the sections
they were in very delicate by the heavy rains experienced in
the region after the loop morning. It was not a partaker of this struggle in a
asphalt almost ice a Ott Tanak she had to leave with problems
in the alternator of your Ford Fiesta RS WRC when it was the best of
The day was closed with a new past by
‘Panzerplatte Long’, stretch that yes it kept dry and left a rally
very interesting for the last day of competition. While
Sébastien Ogier seems to be very close to breaking its losing streak, Andreas
Mikkelsen will have to struggle against Dani Sordo is third and that
you have less than four seconds, and against Thierry Neuville, just a few
tenths behind his team-mate. Behind both is
placed Hayden Paddon and Mads Ostberg light years, while the area of
points the complete four Skoda Fabia R5 in WRC2.
A category WRC2 as is evident, has had a big winner, Skoda. No matter how you end the rally and who is the winner of the signed Czech is making his particular August in Germany in terms of advertising for its Fabia R5. Esapekka Lappi, Jan Jopecký, Armin Kremer and Ghislain de Mevius are the first four ranked and all of them have the vehicle Czech, which will also pilot Pontus Tidemand although without being registered in this occasion in the second category in the world championship. Outside of this script, flashes of Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez, seventh after a penalty and a puncture.
despite living in the day’s longest test, the fight in JWRC remains almost in the same terms that is the end of the first day of competition since Simone Tempestini is leading with an advantage of 17 seconds over Martin Koci. More changes there have been in the Drive DMACK, any time you Osian Pryce holds the lead with his Ford Fiesta R2T, but is now behind more than a minute the finn Max Vatanen. The son of the legendary champion is not the fastest on asphalt, but is taking advantage of his opportunity.
Classification after SS14 of the 33rd Rally of Germany
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||2:25:10.5|
|2nd||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+33.4|
|3rd||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+37.0|
|4th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+37.4|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+3:33.9|
|6th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4:06.4|
|7th||Esapekka Lappi||Skoda Fabia R5||+7:16.2|
|8th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+7:43.2|
|9th||Jan Kopecký||Skoda Fabia R5||+8:26.1|
|10th||Armin Kremer||Skoda Fabia R5||+8:44.5|
The third and last stage of the Rally Germany will start this Sunday 7:13 pm and will be composed of a total of four legs, divided into two loops symmetrical. In total, the riders will face 59,26 kilometres against the clock, including the mileage end of the Power Stage.