Tanak leads Rally Germany after opening stage

Mat Coch

Friday 17th August, 2018 - 8:03am

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Ott Tanak

Toyota driver Ott Tanak heads Rally Germany following the opening SuperSpecial stage of the event.

Tanak completed the 2.04km asphalt stage around St Wendel in 2:11.2s, just a tenth faster than 17-year-old WRC2 driver Kalle Rovanpera.

The next outright competitor was Dani Sordo, who ended the stage fourth in his Hyundai i20, four tenths slower than Tanak.

Sebastien Ogier is sixth, nine tenths off the pace ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen seventh, who had a rushed start to the stage after being told to wait before receiving his time card just seconds before his scheduled departure.

Championship leader Thierry Neuville was two seconds off the outright pace in 13th for the stage, while Jari-Matti Latvala could do no better than 15th after clipping a bale and stalling his Toyota Yaris.

Rally Germany continues on Friday with three stages set to be run twice, making a total of six competitive stages just over 50km.

Rally Germany: After Special Stage 1 (Top 10)

Pos Num Driver Nat Team Car Time/Gap
1 8 Ott Tanak EST Toyota Gazoo Toyota Yaris WRC 2:11.2
2 44 Kalle Rovanpera FIN Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia R5 +0.1
3 81 Ole Veiby NOR Skoda Fabia R5 +0.2
4 6 Dani Sordo ESP Hyundai Hyundai i20WRC +0.4
5 31 Jan Kopecky CZE Skoda Motorsport II Skoda Fabia R5 +0.6
6 1 Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +0.9
7 4 Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai Hyundai i20WRC +1.0
8 11 Craig Breen IRL Citroen Citroen C3 WRC +1.1
9 48 Umberto Scandola ITA SA Motorsport Italia Skoda Fabia R5 +1.3
10 45 Kajetan Kajetanowicz POL Ford Fiesta R5 +1.4

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