Sébastien Ogier returns to the primrose path in Germany


From the snow of Sweden to the asphalt German. In between, a title almost secured but not a single victory. The drought of Sébastien Ogier as a synonym of open track in the rallies of earth has come, and with the arrival of the asphalt has returned to the path of victory. Sébastien Ogier has joined his third victory in the Rally of Germany after sealing his victory in a masterful second stage. By a tenth, and with great final agony, Dani Sordo has finished in second position beating Thierry Neuville, leaving both drivers of Hyundai without a podium to Andreas Mikkelsen.

The day started with the first pass ‘Dhrontal’, stretch again showed patches of moisture. A condition that took advantage of Dani Sordo to score his first scratch time of the test and to assault the second position after beating Andreas Mikkelsen by 6.1 seconds. A stretch later, Thierry Neuville also managed to overcome the pilot Norwegian after marking the scratch in the SS15. An assault on the podium by the drivers of Hyundai was born in the ambition, but also in the fact that just to mount a spare wheel for the two that decided to equip Ogier and Mikkelsen.

The fight for the podium was however interrupted in the SS16, since the second pass through ‘Dhrontal’ was neutralized for security reasons related to the public. This left a final duel in the framework of the Power Stage televised 6.9 seconds between Dani Sordo, Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen in a stretch that on this occasion if you could play and also on a asphalt practically dry. All in all, the battle do not let changes between the three pilots in this final stretch and Hyundai got a one-two finish on the podium, although the order of their drivers are decided with some intrigue.


And that is the decisive stretch of the rally in addition to deliver the points
extra let three very different philosophies between the podium contenders.
Andreas Mikkelsen ended up desperate after suffering a problem in the brakes

that not only made him lose the chance of making the podium, but that ended with a
fire in the brake pad of the rear wheel left by the remains
weeds have accumulated behind a small out of track. For his part, Thierry Neuville
he attacked without hesitation, , while Dani Sordo, with a discourse more prudent
that both resisted second
for a tenth regarding his companion.

In this way, Thierry Neuville had to make do with
the third position although they scored the three extra points from the Power Stage
With two it was Jari-Matti Latvala after finishing with the second best
time, while Sébastien Ogier without the need to add risk-managed
finish third with the same time of Dani Sordo, adding an extra point
25 achieved with his victory at a rally in the that it has gotten to
demonstrate your essence and to impose your script on Sordo, Neuville and Mikkelsen. By
his part, Hayden Paddon has closed the top five.

Within the top ten in the other World Rally Car survivor has
been the of Mads Ostberg
, although once more it has become apparent that the Ford
Fiesta RS WRC is far from being competitive, a trend even more palpable
out on the road. However, competition void for the pilot M-Sport
since behind the stitches have been cast three drivers in WRC2 and a R5
out of this category. With the victory in WRC2 and a seventh position
absolute has finished Esapekka Lappi
, beating the finn to Pontus Tidemand,
Jan Kopecký and Armin Kremer.


The recital of Skoda Motorsport has been closed with no issues
in WRC2
. Esapekka Lappi has scored the triumph in the second category
world cup on a podium formed by three Fabia R5 since and the second has been
Jan Kopecký and third placed Armin Kremer
. A end party is almost perfect since
the pilot star of the brand has achieved the triumph, another of the men
official Skoda is on the podium and the pilot house has been able to shine
before his public. Within the category, Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez has
finished in seventh position
in a rally full of surprises, but positive.

In the Junior WRC the triumph has been for Simone Tempestini.
The Italian rider has resisted the attacks of Martin Koci throughout the
test to be imposed with an advantage of 38 seconds on the Czech rider,
while the podium of the category starring the Citroën DS3 R3T Max
has been closed by the French Terry Folb. For his part, in the Drive DMACK
the victoria has been in the hands of Osian Pryce
after dominating the test
beginning to end over the finn Max Vatanen.

final Standings of the 33rd Rally of Germany

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 3:00:26.7
2nd Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +20.3
3rd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +20.4
4th Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +27.2
5th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +3:34.8
6th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4:31.2
7th Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 +8:36.8
8th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +8:52.5
9th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +9:44.2
10th Armin Kremer Skoda Fabia R5 +10:10.6