Just three of the seven starters completed day two, with Chardonnet heading Irishman Keith Cronin by 1min 56sec, and Emirati Mohammed Al Mutawaa almost 15 minutes behind in third. The trio, like all the WRC 3 runners here, are driving Citroen DS3 R3T cars.
The second leg featured six stages, contested in the heart of the German vineyards and in changeable weather conditions as a few showers fell towards the end of the morning. With just nine seconds between the four leading crews, it promised to be a close battle.
One of the leading drivers, Simone Campedelli was the first to call it a day as he went off at the start of Mittelmosel. The young Italian driver was soon joined by Federico Della Casa, who went off later on the same stage.
At the start of Moselland, Irishman Keith Cronin checked in over nine minutes late after he tried to repair a brake line whilst the event’s local boy, Christian Riedemann, was forced to retire after a minor impact.
Meanwhile, Chardonnet consolidated his position as leader by winning all three of the morning’s stages, enabling him to extend his lead over his nearest challenger, Quentin Gilbert. That challenge ended at the midday service when Gilbert retired due to a technical problem.
Despite suffering an accident involving a dog on the sixth stage that damaged the radiator of his DS3 R3, Chardonnet kept out of trouble on the afternoon stages. Cronin won the final two stages of the day to consolidate second, while Al Mutawaa drove consistently to bring his car home in one piece.