Runaway championship leader Sebastien Ogier has had to retire from day two of Rallye Deutschland.

Ogier ran into trouble in SS3, the opening test this morning, when he went off the road and damaged the front left suspension on his Polo R WRC. He lost over 2.5 minutes as a result, and while he made repairs and started SS4, he stopped 5 kilometres from the end, when the fixes failed.

Volkswagen has since confirmed that the Frenchman will re-join the fold on Saturday, re-starting under the Rally 2 regulations.

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