Germany WRC: Tanak wins, Toyota locks out podium

Ott Tanak’s WRC lead has been extended to 35 points over Thierry Neuville after recording a third successive Rally Germany victory for Toyota.

Germany WRC: Tanak wins, Toyota locks out podium

Tanak led a clean sweep of the podium for the Japanese marque, with Kris Meeke coming home 20.8s in arrears and Jari-Matti Latvala taking third. 

Neuville salvaged fifth behind Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo on the Power Stage – which he won –after falling out of victory contention after changing a wheel at the end of Saturday’s running. 

He now moves ahead of six-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier – who also had to change a wheel following a puncture – in the standings, 13 points clear of the Frenchman.  

Motorsport.com understands Sordo will check in late to hand Neuville fourth place, gifting the Belgian a further two points in his pursuit of Tanak. 

Esapekka Lappi finished as the best Citroen driver in sixth, just four seconds ahead of Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen following a lively battle between the pair of Sunday morning. 

Mikkelsen began the day almost six seconds in front but Lappi moved ahead following the opening passage of Grafschaft, with the positions swapping on the following two stages. 

Lappi then beat Mikkelsen by nearly 1.6s to secure sixth on the Power Stage. 

His Citroen teammate Ogier however, had a nightmare event and finished a frustrated eighth, scoring just one Power Stage point. 

Bemoaning a car he “cannot drive” on Sunday morning, a dejected Ogier finished 1m56s behind winner Tanak, and is now 42 points adrift in the championship. 

Gus Greensmith was the highest-placed M-Sport car in ninth in what was a tricky event for the Cumbrian team, comfortably ahead of Toyota newcomer Takamoto Katsuta in 10th. 

Jan Kopecky claimed a routine WRC2 Pro victory in his Skoda Fabia R5, helped by teammate Kalle Rovanpera's two off-road excursions earlier in the rally.

Rally results:

Cla # Driver/Codriver Car Total Time Gap
1 8 Estonia Ott Tanak
Estonia Martin Jarveoja
Toyota Yaris WRC 3:15'29.8
2 5 United Kingdom Kris Meeke
United Kingdom Sebastian Marshall
Toyota Yaris WRC 3:15'50.6 20.8
3 10 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
Toyota Yaris WRC 3:16'05.8 36.0
4 11 Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3:16'28.3 58.5
5 6 Spain Dani Sordo
Spain Carlos del Barrio
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3:16'46.4 1'16.6
6 89 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Anders Jaeger
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3:17'16.0 1'46.2
7 1 France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Citroën C3 WRC 3:17'26.1 1'56.3
8 4 Finland Esapekka Lappi
Finland Janne Ferm
Citroën C3 WRC 3:17'32.0 2'02.2
9 44 United Kingdom Gus Greensmith
United Kingdom Elliott Edmondson
Ford Fiesta WRC 3:21'52.0 6'22.2
10 17 Japan Takamoto Katsuta
United Kingdom Daniel Barritt
Toyota Yaris WRC 3:23'49.0 8'19.2
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Series WRC
Event Rally Germany
Sub-event Day 4
Drivers Ott Tanak , Sébastien Ogier , Jari-Matti Latvala
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Stephen Brunsdon
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