WRC Rallye Deutschland: Ogier extends lead, Tanak retires

Sebastien Ogier completes SS12 of Rallye Deutschland with his advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen up to 19.8secs; Thierry Neuville continues to hold third from Dani Sordo; Ott Tanak retires from fifth having reported alternator issues in SS11
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Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has extended his Rallye Deutschland lead over team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen to 19.8secs post-SS12.

Ogier started the second loop 13.2secs ahead after winning the first run through the fearsome 40.80km Panzerplatte Lang 1 test.

The Frenchman was then fastest again in SS11, the first test after the mid-day halt, and while Mikkelsen beat him in SS12 - the difference was just 0.1secs.

“More tricky than this morning,” Ogier told the official WRC siste after Freisen-Westrich 2, “much wetter and more mud in the cuts. My lead looks okay - let's see how it looks at the end.”

“It's really difficult now,” Mikkelsen added after SS11.

“I'm feeling the punishment of being second on the road in these conditions. So much mud and no grip. Not a perfect stage from me either.”

Behind, Hyundai's Thierry Neuville continues to come under pressure from team-mate, Dani Sordo in the battle for third.

Sordo closed to within 0.6secs after the first test of the afternoon, before Neuville went quickest in SS12, despite having to slow due to an issue with the bonnet. The duo are now split by 3.3secs.

“The bonnet is open on one corner and it was lifting like hell,” said Neuville. “I had to slow down in many places to avoid a crash.”

Further back, Hayden Paddon now holds fifth in his i20 WRC, having overhauled M-Sport's Mads Ostberg in Bosenberg 2.

Ott Tanak had been in P5 for the DMACK WRT, but did not start SS12 having reported throttle problems after the previous stage.

In WRC2, Esapekka Lappi looks in control in his Skoda Fabia R5, now 52.7secs up on Armin Kremer. Jan Kopecky is third in class, 19.2secs back – the gap had been 42.5secs prior to the start of the repeat loop.

Day two of Rallye Deutschland now concludes with a third run through the 2.87km Arena Panzerplatte SSS (SS13), before competitors then tackle the daunting 40.80km Panzerplatte Lang stage 2 (SS14) for a second and final time.
by Rob Wilkins

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