WRC Rallye Deutschland: Ogier further consolidates lead

Sebastien Ogier ends day two of Rallye Deutschland with a 33.8 second advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala, while Andreas Mikkelsen is third potentially giving Volkswagen a dream 1-2-3 result on home soil...
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has concluded day two of Rallye Deutschland with a commanding lead over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier doubled his overnight lead on the opening loop this morning, winning four of the five stages, including taking 6.8s out of Latvala on the first run through Panzerplatte Long.

Latvala was then quickest in the first two tests after lunch, but Ogier conceded only 1.5s, before then again setting the pace in Panzerplatte Long, this time a massive 15.3s up on Latvala, who was 'best of the rest'. The loop concluded with another pass through Bosenberg and Ogier was again the man, taking his sixth stage win of the day and his 13th of the event.

“A perfect day for us - really happy,” Ogier told the official WRC site. “We made most of the difference in Panzerplatte - that was the key. We had the right set-up and tyre management. I had a really good feeling. Okay, four more stages to go tomorrow [now].”

Meanwhile, Latvala was at a loss to explain why he lost so much time in Panzerplatte Long, especially on the repeat: “I'm surprised by the time because I felt we had a good run. But it seems that we didn't. It's disappointing. I don't understand,” said the Finn.

Speaking after the final test, he added: “It's been a sensible drive from me today. I'm not trying to push too hard. We want to end it like this.”

Behind, Andreas Mikkelsen is a lonely third, switching his focus in the afternoon to test set-ups for the next tarmac event coming up in October in Corsica: “We learned some things today,” noted the VW Motorsport II pilot. “No we must keep full concentration for the four stages still to come [on Sunday]."

In the battle for fourth, Dani Sordo has managed to inch away from Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville, despite gearbox issues. The two are now split by 9.5s: “Not such a bad day. We have had a few problems, but the gap [to Neuville behind] is looking okay now,” Sordo stated.

M-Sport's Elfyn Evans rounds out the top-six, with Mads Ostberg up to seventh in his Citroen DS 3 WRC and just 3.2 seconds back.

by Rob Wilkins

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Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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