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.
Ogier had had an outside chance of wrapping up the 2013 WRC Drivers' title this weekend in Trier, but he will now have to wait until Rally Australia next month.