Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville stay extraordinarily closely-matched on the head of the Rally Germany order on the finish of Friday’s phases.
Their afternoon combat replicated their morning shape – Neuville fastest at the opening degree then Global Rally Championship chief Tanak combating again at the subsequent two.
Hyundai motive force Neuville controlled to halve Tanak’s earlier 3.2 2nd lead at the Stein und Wein degree, however Tanak inched the space again as much as 2.8s by way of the day’s conclusion.
Blighted by way of understeer in his Citroen all morning, Sebastien Ogier started the afternoon sounding reasonably extra constructive most effective to lose extra flooring to the highest two because the loop went on.
Operating huge onto the grass at the concluding Wadern-Weiskirchen degree did not assist his motive and he completed the day 22.1s from the lead.
Ogier might smartly have misplaced 3rd however for a crisis for Dani Sordo at the ultimate degree.
The Hyundai had closed to inside of 2.8s of Ogier with a snappy time on Mittelmosel and grabbed fourth from Kris Meeke’s Toyota within the procedure.
However a gearbox downside left Sordo limping frustratedly via Wadern-Weiskirchen and he tumbled to 9th in the back of sole last M-Recreation WRC runner Gus Greensmith.
Meeke remains to be inside of 3.5s of Ogier in fourth and simply forward of Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.
Andreas Mikkelsen is now somewhat comfy in 6th as seventh-placed Esapekka Lappi misplaced time with a spin.
|1||Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||54m07.1s|
|2||Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||2.6s|
|3||Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia||Citroen General WRT||Citroen||17.9s|
|4||Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||20.7s|
|5||Kris Meeke, S.Marshall||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||20.8s|
|6||Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||23.2s|
|7||Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||37.8s|
|8||Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm||Citroen General WRT||Citroen||50.5s|
|9||Gus Greensmith, E.Edmondson||M-Recreation Ford WRT||Ford||1m01.3s|
|10||Kalle Rovanpera, J.Halttunen||Skoda Motorsport||Skoda||2m39.9s|