Championship leader Sebastien Ogier will not be able to re-start in Germany under Rally 2 on Sunday, Volkswagen has confirmed.
Ogier suffered a "big crash"
this morning in SS8 and the team has now revealed that the damage sustained to his Polo R WRC car is too severe to be able to fix it within the time allowed. It means the Frenchman will score zero points this weekend and if team-mate and arch championship rival, Jari-Matti Latvala wins and takes the maximum three bonus points in the Power Stage, he will slash the deficit from 44 points to 16. Latvala currently leads by over 50 seconds - post-SS12.
Speaking back in service, when asked about the off, Ogier said: “The crash happened about one kilometre after the start of stage eight. We were in sixth gear on a long straight. Then came a slight right-hand bend over a crest. The jump was further than expected, the rear kicked out upon landing and I lost control of the car.
"We then crashed into the barriers and came to a halt on an embankment with small trees. At that moment, the most important thing was when Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver} and I realised that we were both okay. We were taken to hospital for routine check-ups, but came out of it unscathed."
"The Polo R WRC did not escape so lightly, as the crash was unfortunately rather severe and the roll cage was damaged slightly," he continued. "This means we are not able to re-join the rally tomorrow, for safety reasons. The Polo cannot be repaired in time here in the service park.”
Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito added: "Sebastien's second crash showed just how quickly things can go wrong. The best news was that he and Julien emerged unscathed, despite the high speed, at which they skidded into the barriers.
"For safety reasons, Seb and Julien are unfortunately unable to start tomorrow. We cannot repair their car here on site in the time allowed."