Ott Tyanak won Rally GermanyAugust 25, 2019
Toyota factory racer Ott Tyanak won the Germany Rally for the third time in a row, increasing his championship advantage to 33 points.
The Estonian spent the final day of the rally calmly, not having won a single victory at special stages. However, his teammates Chris Mick and Jari-Matti Latvala also did not force events: Mick reduced the gap from 32.4 to 20.8 seconds, Latvala – from 42 to 36. As a result, the racers of the German stage were completely occupied by Toyota Gazoo Racing racers – for the first time in recent history.
The fourth finished the race Dani Sordo, who became the best of the representatives of Hyundai – the Spaniard did not have enough ten seconds to Latvia. Thierry Neuville finished fifth and took five bonus points for Super-SU, thus reaching second place in the individual standings.
After the finish of the rally, Hyundai decided to intentionally receive a fine for Sordo and let Neuville forward, guided by the struggle in the championship. Thus, in the general classification, Neuville became the fourth, Sordo – the fifth.
The fight for sixth place between Esapecca Lappi and Andreas Mikkelsen was resolved in favor of the Citroen racer – Mikkelsen flew off the track on SS16 and lost ten seconds, won 5.6 seconds on Lappi on SS17, but still lost to the Finn at the final kilometers of the distance.
Sébastien Ogier complained about the car and finished the rally only eighth, taking the bonus point for fifth place on SS19, but subsequently climbed to seventh place: Citroen did the same for Hyundai regarding Esapecca Lappi. Ogier missed Neuville in the championship and is 40 points behind Tyanak.
The next stage of the World Cup will be held September 12-15 in Turkey.
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