24 - 26 Aug 12
13:08 Top 10 overall...
So congratulations to Sebastien Loeb on victory in Germany - a full two minutes ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala who scored his best result on Tarmac. Mikko Hirvonen is third for Citroen despite a tough weekend, Mads Ostberg is fourth and Chris Atkinson a delighted fifth on his first run in the MINI. Volkswagen Motorsport pair Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen are sixth and seventh, Nasser Al-Attiyah eighth on his return to action, the unlucky but fast Ott Tanak ninth and Dani Sordo rounds out the top 10 after another strong performance. Thanks for keeping track with us and see you next time!
13:05 Ligato third in PWRC after tough rally
Argentinian picks up 15 points for third in class and says: "With the problems we have this weekend it's a good position, good points. For gravel we have a good car, but there's some work to do on Tarmac."
13:02 Guerra happy with PWRC points haul
Mexican second in class and says: "A second place in Germany on my first time is a great position. These 18 points are very good for the championship." His time in the power stage is 3min 42.5sec; Kosciuszko's is 3min 40.3sec.
13:00 Kosciuszko wins PWRC class
Polish driver beats series leader Guerra and says: "It's been an incredible weekend for us, we've done a perfect job. It's very important to win here in Germany because we are still in the game and we can win the championship."
12:57 Loeb heads Citroen 1-2 in power stage
Rally winner 2.2sec quicker than team-mate Hirvonen with Mikkelsen an impressive third.
12:54 Third quickest time for Mikkelsen
Skoda Fabia S2000 driver sets power stage time of 3min 31.7sec and says: "It's a good way to end the rally, I enjoy that stage. It's a good result for the team and I'm so happy to be with them."
12:51 Ogier praises team effort
VW Motorsport driver home sixth ahead of team-mate Mikkelsen and says: "The team has done a fantastic job and I'm very happy to be sixth overall." Ogier is fifth fastest in the final stage on 3min 32.8sec.
12:48 Win number nine in Germany for Loeb
Frenchman also quickest in power stage on 3min 24.8sec. He says: "We had some very difficult tyre choices but it was a very good rally. I was confident in the car and there were no mistakes which is very important.
12:46 Latvala delighted with second
Top Ford driver says: "It's not been an easy rally but I'm happy with the result. It's my best result on a Tarmac rally." He is fourth quickest in the stage so far on 3min 33.1sec.
12:43 Now Hirvonen is fastest - by some margin
Citroen driver sets time of 3min 27.0sec and says: "It's more points and a very important result for the team. I had a tough time on this rally buy I've learned a lot."
12:41 Ostberg happy with speed
Fourth-placed Ford driver sets power stage time of 3min 34.6sec and says: "I'm very pleased with the result and the way we have gone quicker and quicker."
12:39 Fifth place for Atkinson
Australian delighted with result after late deal. He says: "It's awesome, a big thanks to the team and the MINI's been fantastic all weekend. We stuck to our strategy and it paid off." His time is 3min 35.6sec.
12:36 Al-Attiyah now quickest through power stage
Qatari happy with effort after three months out of the car. His time is 3min 32.4sec.
12:34 Tanak happy with car on Tarmac
After setting fastest stage times on day two the M-Sport Ford Fiesta driver says: "Looks like we are more competitive on Tarmac than gravel."
12:31 Sordo second fastest so far...
MINI driver struggles with car but is through in 3min 35.3sec, 3.2sec faster than Solberg.
12:29 Errors spoil Solberg's run
Ford driver sets a time of 3min 38.5sec despite setting up car for power stage. "It was very slippery. I try to do something but I did a couple of mistakes," he says.
12:28 Neuville sets the pace
Belgian's time is 3min 32.7sec, 13.4sec quicker than Oliveira.
12:26 Neuville still puzzled by accident
Citroen Junior driver sorry to miss out on possible podium after accident at fast corner on day two but says: "We had a good weekend, we were able to fight."
12:22 Oliveira first through power stage
After difficult rally Ford driver says: "I am not so happy with the stage times but it's OK."
11:32 Top 10 overall after stage 14
Loeb is now 1min 51.8sec ahead of Latvala with Hirvonen still a lonely third, Ostberg fourth, Atkinson well back in fifth, Ogier sixth, team-mate Mikkelsen seventh, Al-Attiyah eighth, Tanak just 9.6sec behind in ninth and Sordo up to 10th.
11:28 Guerra stays on course
Second-placed PWRC man says: "Today we are only driving the stages, we are taking care in the forests. But this rally is great, I really love it." His time is just 2.4sec faster than Kosciuszko.
11:27 Kosciuszko closes on PWRC victory
"We still have one stage to go but that was the most difficult of the rally, quite slippery in the end," says the Pole. "But everything is going well and the car is good." His time is 22min 05.4sec.
11:26 Puncture for Gassner
Skoda Fabia S2000 driver says: "My bad luck continues - I have a puncture. We managed to keep pushing a bit."
11:23 Stage 14 order so far...
Solberg is fastest despite Neuville hold-up followed by Ostberg, Sordo, Tanak, Latvala, Loeb, Hirvonen, Al-Attiyah, Ogier and Atkinson.
11:21 Arzeno enjoys tricky conditions
Peugeot driver says: "I have a good feeling with the car." He's through in 20min 42.5sec although drops to 11th overall behind Sordo.
11:20 Mikkelsen happy too
Ogier's team-mate also focused on making the finish in Germany before Polo testing continues. His time is 20min 46.6sec.
11:19 No problems for Ogier
Ogier is cleanly thorugh the stage in 20min 24.3sec and looking forward to further testing in the Polo.
11:16 Loeb stays on target for win
Frenchman reports small car problem but says he was on soft tyres which helped when the rain came. "I took it easy," he says. His time is only sixth quickest so far - 19min 50.2sec - with Latvala 0.8sec quicker.
11:14 Latvala stays second
Lead Ford driver reports: "My time was OK. It was an OK run, no problems."
11:12 Hirvonen plays it safe
Citroen driver is taking no risks and found the second run through Dhrontal slippery in places. His time is fourth quickest so far - 19min 54.1sec.
11:11 Conditions OK for Ostberg
Ford driver says: "It's nice to be through this stage now. I had good information from my gravel crew. It was better than I expected it to be." His time is second fastest so far - 19min 41.5sec.
11:10 Atkinson still on course
No problems for MINI driver although he reports it has started raining in the stage again.
11:06 Al-Atytiyah focused on eighth place
Qatari driver has no problems in stage and says: "I am trying my best to stay ahead of Tanak." He is 33.9sec slower than him in the stage.
11:04 All OK for Tanak
Estonian looking forward to reaching the power stage after eventful rally. He is third fastest so far on 19min 45.8sec.
11:02 Clean run for Sordo
MINI driver says: "Some places are a little bit drier but some are more slippery after a lot of cars." He is second fastest so far, 3.6sec behind Solberg.
11:00 Neuville and Solberg finish together
Citroen Junior driver reveals: "We had a flat tyre (in the stage) but everything went well and it was nice for me to be behind Petter and follow his lines." Solberg's time is 19min 40.3sec - quickest so far.
10:56 Oliveira first through stage
Brazilian has some damage to front left wheel of his Ford but is through in 21min 21sec. "It was a rally to learn," he says.
10:53 Solberg closes on Neuville
Citroen Junior driver seems to be struggling through stage. Cars are going through in reverse order.
10:45 Neuville stops at hairpin
Belgian loses a couple of minutes but is on the move again.
09:19 Top 10 overall
Loeb's lead is now 1min 52.6sec over Latvala. Hirvonen is half a minute behind him in third, Ostberg fourth, Atkinson fifth, Ogier sixth, Mikkelsen seventh, Al-Attiyah eighth, Tanak ninth and Arzeno 10th.
09:16 Damaged wishbone for Weigand
VW Motorsport driver had been 11th but reports: "We damaged the wishbone, I hope we can carry on."
09:12 No problems for Ligato
Third-placed PWRC man says: "It's difficult but we are taking a lot of care." His stage time is 47.7sec slower than Guerra.
09:11 Novikov heading back to service park
Broken driveshaft spoils M-Sport driver's run and he heads back to service instead of regroup zone.
09:09 No risks for Guerra
Second-placed PWRC driver and title leader chases points and says: "We are not pushing any more, we are taking care of the car." He is just 0.4sec slower than Kosciuszko in the stage.
09:04 Kosciuszko focused on PWRC win
Class leader says: "I have a lot of pressure because driving with such a big gap (to Guerra). I need to keep the concentration."
09:02 Arzeno completes stage
French rising star through Dhrontal 1 in 20min 52.7sec and reports no problems aboard Peugeot.
09:00 Weigand loses 12 minutes
VW Motorsport driver suffers lengthy delay with puncture on Skoda Fabia S2000.
08:59 Mikkelsen slightly down on Ogier
Norwegian just 0.9sec down on VW team-mate and says: "We did some changes to the car but it's all about getting through today."
08:58 Ogier in cruise control!
VW driver 20sec quicker than fifht-placed Atkinson in stage but says: "At the monent I'm cruising to get to the end."
08:57 Gorban stopped in stage
PWRC driver in trouble but Sepp Weigand back on the move in Skoda Fabia S2000.
08:56 Stage 13 order so far...
Loeb is quickest followed by Latvala, Hirvonen, Tanak, Ostberg, Sordo, Neuville, Solberg, Novikov, Atkinson and Al-Attiyah.
08:54 Broken driveshaft for Novikov
M-Sport driver in trouble 12 kilometres before end of stage. "It's not OK because driveshaft has broken, I don't know if it's the front or rear one," he says. His time is 20min 50.4sec - ninth quickest so far.
08:52 Slight drama for Neuville
Returning Citroen Junior driver has trouble at hairpin and explains: "It was very tight, we had a lot of wheelspin so I lost time there." His time is 20min 04.4sec.
08:51 Puncture for Weigand
German still stopped in stage.
08:49 Solberg aims for superspecial points
Norwegian through the stage in 20min 12.2sec. He says: "I had set-up for the superspecial. We just try to get the three points there. The car is too stiff to drive now."
08:47 Sordo aims to stay error-free
Returning MINI driver admits: "Today it is difficult to fight and I don't want to make another mistake." He is sixth fastest so far on 20min 01.4sec.
08:45 Al-Attiyah and Tanak complete stage
Qatari sets a time of 21min 06.9sec - seventh quickest. Returning Tanak says: "The conditions are quite tricky, we're taking it very steady." His time is 19min 59.3sec - fourth quickest so far.
08:44 Weigand stopped in stage
VW Motorsport driver comes to a halt.
08:42 Steady running for Atkinson
MINI driver sets time of 21min 03.4sec with his plan to maintain the gap back to Ogier. He says: "Maybe a bit steady but we've got a gap and we can go much faster if we need to."
08:38 Ostberg has clean run
Norwegian says: " There's quite a lot of mud with the rain. It's OK, we were just driving on Mikko's splits and try to keep the same as him." He is 2.9sec down on Hirvoenen in the stage.
08:37 Hirvonen maintains third place
Citroen driver through stage in 19min 58.2sec. He simply says: "I try to get the feeling in the wet conditions."
08:35 Car trouble for Latvala
Ford driver reports: "I don't know what's happened with the bonnet but it's loose. On a long fast straight it started to open and I had to back off." He is 9.7sec slower than Loeb through the stage.
08:33 Loeb treads carefully
Rally leader through Dhrontal 1 in 19min 45.6sec. He says: "I don't care about the times, you have to be very careful, it was so tricky. A really difficult stage."
08:30 Loeb leads the way
No-one near Citroen ace on split times through Dhrontal 1.
08:19 Latvala down on Loeb
Finn 0.5sec slower than Frenchman at second split time on stage.
08:18 Hirvonen stalls on startline
Difficult start for Citroen works driver.
08:17 Stage is live
Loeb and Latvala enter a rain-lashed Dhrontal 1.
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