My coverage of WRC Germany 2014!

My coverage of WRC Germany 2014!

I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 leg of the WRC/ADAC FIA Rallye Deutschland. The rally started off with Sebastian Ogier in the lead followed by Jari Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen; which seemed to predict a simple 1,2,3 for the Volkswagon Motorsport Team.

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, Mads Östberg and Hyundai Shell WRT with Thierry Neuville trailed behind. it appeared that with Team VW’s current record that it would be yet again another clean sweep at the podium; however, the German weather and complexity of the Rally Deutschland stages put a damper on the team.

Sebastian Ogier encountered navigational errors on the Moselland stage which resulted in him running off the stage at the 7.5km and ended up on a road below the actual course, such a mishap resulted in Ogier being placed in the 24th position due to a DNF; This pushed Latvala into the lead.

Neuville and Team Hyundai also encountered issues on the very first day, when he rolled on the Konz stage (shakedown) on the opening day… Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul crossed the Porta Nigra ceremonial start on foot while the car was being repaired.

Latvala held onto the lead for the remaining stages by over a minute, chased by the English driver Meeke of Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT until Latvala ran off course and into the vineyard at the 13km mark at the Dhrontal stage. Meeke then moved into first position with an 8.4 second lead over Neuville until he himself encountered mishap on the Grafschaft stage when he hit a wall and took the rear tyre off.

This meant that Neuville was the event leader, followed by his Hyundai team mate Dani Sordo; Andreas Mikkelsen of Volkswagon was third, the young driver, Elfyn Evans of Ford M-Sport fourth, team mate Mikko Hirvonen fifth and Mads Östberg of Citroën Total Abu Dhabi sixth.

Yet again, this event proved to be challenging for all competitors considering it was 98% tarmac. Rallye Deutschland is a must for every rally fan as it contains some of the most spectacular scenery on the WRC calendar.

I hope you enjoy the photos I got!

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