Germany WRC: Mikkelsen maintains lead, Paddon survives off

Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen continues to lead Rally Germany at the end of SS4, with Thierry Neuville keeping second.

Germany WRC: Mikkelsen maintains lead, Paddon survives off
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Ott Tanak, Raigo Molder, DMACK World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg, Ola Floene, M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Daniel Sordo, Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Skoda Fabia R5
Daniel Sordo, Marc Marti, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Stéphane Lefebvre, Gabin Moreau, Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën World Rally Team

Having led the morning loop, Mikkelsen topped the third stage ahead of Neuville, and while the Norwegian was only fourth in SS4, he maintains an overall lead of 2.9s over the Hyundai driver.

Mikkelsen's lead over Neuville is up by a mere 0.2s from the morning's loop, despite Neuville taking time from Mikkelsen in SS4. 

"I spun in a very tight hairpin right," Neuville said. "I lost, I guess, five seconds. The handbrake turn was nice but I caught a front wheel on the inside and that spun us around."

Ogier, after winning SS4, remained third in the standings, 4.7s from Mikkelsen, gaining about two seconds from morning's time, with Dani Sordo also keeping fourth.

The leading Ford of Ott Tanak was fifth, 49.9s off the lead, with the Citroen DS3 of Stephane Lefebvre holding a strong sixth.

Mads Ostberg in the second Ford finished seventh ahead of Hyundai's Hayden Paddon, who survived a big off in SS3, damaging his front and rear panels heavily.

"A big moment - I was lucky to get away with it. We were fast downhill in sixth and went off onto the grass - then back the other way, and back again," he said.

"It's the biggest moment I've had and got away with. We are lucky to be here."

 

 

Armin Kremer in the Skoda crossed the line ninth overall, leading the WRC2 category, with Esapekka Lappi completing the top 10.

Overall results after SS4 - Top 10:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1. NOR Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen 55:01.9  
2. BEL Thierry Neuville Hyundai 55:04.8 +2.9
3. FRA Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen 55:06.6 +4.7
4. ESP Dani Sordo Hyundai 55:13.2 +11.3
5. EST Ott Tanak Ford 55:51.8 +49.9
6. FRA Stephane Lefebvre Citroen 55:59.7 +57.8
7. NOR Mads Ostberg Ford 56:26.4 +1:24.5
8. NZL Hayden Paddon Hyundai 56:40.3 +1:38.4
9. DEU Armin Kremer Skoda 57:46.7 +2:44.8
10. FIN Esapekka Lappi Skoda 58:14.2 +3:12.3
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