Thierry Neuville retired from Day 2 of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, tenth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship. The Hyundai driver suffered left rear wheel damage in SS9 – Arena Panzerplatte, before the first run of the famous Panzerplatte (41.97km).
Conditions in the SS10, according to Citroen’s Andreas Mikkelsen, were much drier than expected. Andreas added that he personally was cautious through the distance “to take care of tyres, maybe too much”.
Sebastien Ogier also pointed out that he was “a bit too cautious”.
“I think that Thierry being stopped made me drive a bit differently. The gap with the front guys is a bit big”, the Frenchman explained.
“We don’t know what happened but I think we need to analyse it properly to understand”, Neuville’s co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul said.
“It’s not over yet and we will not give up on the Championship. We will fight for it.”
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Before Rallye Deutschland Neuville and Ogier were tied in the championship’s overall standings with 160 points each
The Belgian was first in the order as he had three wins, while the M-Sport driver had two.
Another Hyundai driver – Hayden Paddon – had problems in SS10.
“We picked up a puncture. I’m not sure how – very easy to do that here. We stopped to change”, he explained.
Juho Hanninen was fastest in SS10, followed by Ogier (+2.4sec), Ott Tanak (+2.8), Kris Meeke (+9.9), Mikkelsen (+11.8), etc. In the overall standings Tanak leads with a 15.3sec advantage to Mikkelsen. Ogier is third – +30.6sec behind his teammate and +15.3sec behind the Citroen driver.
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