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Ott Tanak’s World Assemblage Championship advance has been continued to 35 credibility over Thierry Neuville afterwards recording a third alternating Assemblage Germany achievement for Toyota.
Tanak led a apple-pie ambit of the belvedere for the Japanese marque, with Kris Meeke advancing home 20.8s in arrears, with Jari-Matti Latvala third.
Neuville salvaged accomplished abaft Hyundai team-mate Dani Sordo in fifth on the Powerstage – which he won – afterwards falling out of achievement altercation afterwards alteration a caster at the end of Saturday’s running.
He now moves advanced of six-time WRC best Sebastien Ogier – who additionally had to change a caster afterward a break – in the standings, 13 credibility bright of the Frenchman.
Autosport understands Sordo will analysis in backward to duke Neuville fourth place, alms the Belgian a added two credibility in his afterward of Tanak.
After topping Thursday evening’s aperture stage, Tanak belted into an aboriginal 3.2s advance on Friday morning over Neuville’s Hyundai.
Neuville had set the quickest time on the aperture canyon of Stein und Wein to briefly authority the advance and backward in altercation by the end of the additional loop, abbreviation the arrears to aloof 2.8s overnight.
The gap afresh came bottomward to 1.5s afterwards Saturday’s aboriginal date at Freisen, but a aberration and consecutive arrest for Neuville on the afterward date Romerstrasse accustomed Tanak to accessible up a five-second advantage.
Things afresh got worse for Neuville on the 6.6-mile Panzerplatte test, with the Hyundai disciplinarian bottomward 1m26s – and bristles places to seventh – afterwards accepting to stop and change a break afterward a puncture.
From afresh on, it was a case of accident limitation for Neuville, who claimed two date wins on Sunday and benefited from team-mate Dani Sordo alms him fourth afterwards the Powerstage.
Sordo had been active fourth and advanced of Meeke by the end of Friday’s stages, but alone to ninth afterwards encountering gearbox issues on the day’s final analysis at Wadern-Weiskirchen.
Tanak extends WRC advance with Assemblage Germany win
Esapekka Lappi accomplished as the best Citroen disciplinarian in sixth, but alone to eighth as he handed team-mate Ogier seventh afterwards the powerstage to accord the championship adversary added points, as Sordo had done for Neuville.
Lappi accomplished aloof four abnormal advanced of Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen afterward a active action amid the brace of Sunday morning, but Mikkelsen affiliated sixth acknowledgment to Lappi alms Ogier a position.
Mikkelsen began the day about six abnormal in advanced but Lappi confused advanced afterward the aperture admission of Grafschaft, with the positions swapping on the afterward two stages.
Lappi afresh exhausted Mikkelsen by about 1.6s to defended sixth on the Powerstage.
Ogier’s struggles began on Friday morning as understeer bedfast his advance in the C3 compared to Neuville and Tanak advanced of him.
He started Saturday morning a abounding 30 abnormal afloat of the leaders and plummeted bottomward the adjustment back he and co-driver Julien Ingrassia were affected to change a caster afterward a break on the final Panzerplatte stage.
Bemoaning a car he “cannot drive” on Sunday morning, a abject Ogier accomplished 1m56.3 abnormal abaft champ Tanak, and is now 42 credibility afloat in the championship.
Gus Greensmith was the highest-placed M-Sport car in ninth in what was a catchy accident for the Cumbrian team.
De facto aggregation baton Teemu Suninen’s assemblage almost got activity afore a fly-by-wire affair chock-full the Finn’s Ford Fiesta WRC at the alpha of Friday’s aperture stage, banishment him into retirement for the day. However he alternate able on Saturday and Sunday, scoring four credibility on the ability stage.
Greensmith additionally slid advanced and hit a timberline on SS8, breaking the right-front council arm in the process. The amateur WRC2 approved afresh survived a ability council alarm backward on Saturday, but brought the car home calmly advanced of Toyota newcomer Takamoto Katsuta who accomplished 10th.
Jan Kopecky claimed a accepted WRC2 Pro achievement in his Skoda Fabia R5 afterwards team-mate Kalle Rovanpera’s adventure for a fifth alternating chic achievement unravelled afterwards two off-road excursions in his Fabia R5.
The aboriginal occurred on SS8 back the Finn nosed his car off the alley and got ashore on a timberline on the alfresco of a left-hander, acute beholder assistance. He afresh circuitous the absurdity by activity off afresh into a canal on SS9.
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