Meeke gets his rhythm back aboard the DS 3 WRC
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally team crew Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson made good progress on day 2 of Rallye Deutschland. The pair moved up from 9th to 8th on SS13 and then from 8th to 7th on the 2nd run of the same long stage (SS 16) overtaking Paddon and Tanak respectively. Ostberg and Andersson ended the day just 3.2s behind 6th place. Day 2 consisted of nine stages with a total length of 170.8 Km. Kris Meeke was able to recover his speed posting some impressive split times and ended his day up 9 places in 14th place.
The highlight of the 2nd day was probably “Panzerplatte Long“ (SS13/SS16. 45.61km) the longest stage of the rally and one of the toughest of the entire season with 103 junctions packed into less than 46km. The surface changes constantly and many roads are lined with hinkelsteins, massive concrete curbstones designed to stop tanks.
“Today was much better than yesterday” Østberg said “The stages suited me better than the 1st day, our rhythm was really good and the feeling aboard the DS 3 WRC was excellent. We have to keep improving gradually and try and get the best result we can.” The Norwegian added.
Kris Meeke started his day in 25th place after the incident on day 1 and ended day 2 in 14th place posting very competitive split times against the leaders.
In day 1 the Briton had established himself in fourth place by the end of SS1. Consistently quick, he remained fourth overall as the crews set off to tackle SS6. Caught out on a slippery corner, he ran wide into a field, damaging part of the front suspension in the process. Meeke managed to continue, but was forced to drop his pace in the final few stages, losing around ten minutes on the leaders.
“The pace today has been good, but we already knew that. I’ll continue to try and do my best on the final day.” Meeke said.
The final day (Sunday, August 23) consists of four stages with a total length of 67.34 Km.
Provisional Overall Classification after SS17
1/ S. OGIER / Volkswagen Polo R WRC / 2:55:42.5
2/ J. LATVALA / Volkswagen Polo R WRC / +33.8
3/ A. MIKKELSEN / Volkswagen Polo R WRC / +1:47.5
4/ D. SORDO / Hyundai i20 WRC / +2:14.3
5/ T. NEUVILLE / Hyundai i20 WRC / +2:23.8
6/ E. EVANS / Ford Fiesta RS WRC / +2:53.5
7/ M. OSTBERG / DS 3 WRC / + 2:56.7
8/ O. TANAK / Ford Fiesta RS WRC / +4:10.7
9/ H. PADDON / Hyundai i20 WRC / + 4:34.6
10/ S. LEFEBVRE / DS 3 WRC / + 4:43.3