Ott Tanak leads a Toyota one-two-three forward of Sunday’s ultimate Rally Germany phases, as his Global Rally Championship opponents Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier each punctured at the Panzerplatte take a look at.

Hyundai motive force Neuville and Tanak have been embroiled in an intense fight for the lead on Friday that endured into Saturday morning.

Neuville started Saturday 2.Eight seconds in the back of Tanak and had the more potent tempo around the morning, however controlled to lose 2.2s over the process the leg after a stall at a hairpin at the first Romerstrasse run.

Tanak answered to the danger by way of extending his total benefit to five.6s at the first move of Area Panzerplatte, prior to the combat was once defused at the following 26.08-mile Panzerplatte degree.

Neuville accumulated a rear-left puncture early at the degree, however extremely minimised the time loss to only 1m26.8s after preventing to modify it. Nevertheless, he plummeted from 2d to an preliminary 7th position.

Tanak therefore sponsored off with the safety of his two team-mates in the back of him, and can get started Sunday with a 32.4s lead.

Jari-Matti Latvala took 3 seconds out of Kris Meeke around the first 3 phases of the afternoon, however was once outgunned by way of Meeke – who installed “the most efficient Baumholder power I have ever completed” within the area – on the second one Panzerplatte move to care for 2d, 9.4s forward of Latvala in a single day.

Each runs of Panzerplatte had been tricky for Citroen’s Ogier.

On a degree the arena champion has historically excelled on, Ogier gave it “the entirety I’ve” at the first move however was once overhauled by way of each Meeke and Latvala and dropped to fourth in the back of the trio of Toyotas.

That set the tone for the remainder of the afternoon, with a stall hampering him at the penultimate degree of the day.

A puncture on the second one run thru Panzerplatte compounded his woes, losing him from fourth to 8th position.

Dani Sordo vaulted previous team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen and Citroen’s Esapekka Lappi around the afternoon to guide the Hyundai fee after Neuville’s calamity, sealing fourth position in a single day.

Neuville additionally overhauled Mikkelsen at the day’s ultimate degree in spite of shedding the rear of his i20 Coupe WRC and spinning the automobile.

He recovered from his previous puncture to carry 5th, sandwiched by way of his two Hyundai team-mates.

A pissed off Lappi is 7th and vocalised his frustrations along with his efficiency within the Citroen C3, describing the second one run at Panzerplatte as a “nightmare” the place “the time was once garbage.”

Takamoto Katsuta picked up a front-right puncture on the second one Area Panzerplatte take a look at, which allowed M-Recreation motive force Gus Greensmith into 9th total.

Greensmith’s team-mate Teemu Suninen survived a power-steering scare to finish the loop with more than one top-five degree instances, however remains to be greater than 40 mins in the back of after his early electric retirement on Friday. His focal point is subsequently already on Sunday’s issues paying powerstage.

Jan Kopecky continues to guide the WRC2 Professional elegance in his Skoda Fabia R5 Evo in 11th total.

Main positions after SS15

PosMotive forceGroupAutomobileHole
1Ott Tanak, M.JarveojaToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota2h27m21.9s
2Kris Meeke, S.MarshallToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota32.4s
3Jari-Matti Latvala, M.AnttilaToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota41.8s
4Dani Sordo, C.del BarrioHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m10.8s
5Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m35.2s
6Andreas Mikkelsen, A.JagerHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m37.3s
7Esapekka Lappi, J.FermCitroen General WRTCitroen1m43.1s
8Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaCitroen General WRTCitroen2m09.7s
9Gus Greensmith, E.EdmondsonM-Recreation Ford WRTFord6m02.6s
10Takamoto Katsuta, D.BarrittTommi Makinen RacingToyota6m57.4s



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