Wednesday | 20 Aug 2014

WRC 2 push for Ott and Nasser

Ott Tänak and Nasser Al-Attiyah could benefit most from the absence of the top four drivers in WRC 2 at ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

Both hold title ambitions and go into the season’s first pure asphalt round bidding to climb the standings.

Leader Lorenzo Bertelli starts but can’t score points as the rally is not one of his nominated scoring rounds. Second-placed Yuriy Protasov drives a World Rally Car for the first time and is ineligible, while Karl Kruuda and Jari Ketomaa are not entered.

Tänak lies fifth after recovering from a poor start to the year in his Ford Fiesta R5 and the Estonian can move into the series lead with victory in Germany.

Nasser Al-Attiyah - determined to climb the rankings

“I like Tarmac and also the stages in Germany. We’d had some good times here before but the roads are very difficult. You can have different weather on every stage in a loop so it’s always a compromise and the cuts can make things tricky for the second pass,” he said.

Al-Attiyah lies 10 points behind Tänak in sixth, but the Qatar driver has tackled just three of his allocated seven events. He has two wins and a retirement to his name in his Fiesta RRC.

Also likely to feature strongly are Sébastien Chardonnet, who is aiming to bounce back from two consecutive retirements in his Citroen DS3 R3, and Portugal’s Bernardo Sousa (below), who drives a Fiesta RRC.

Reigning JWRC champion Pontus Tidemand starts just his second WRC 2 event while Frenchman Julien Maurin, who leads his country’s asphalt championship, could be a good outside bet for victory in his Fiesta R5.

Germany’s Armin Kremer, Northern Ireland’s Marty McCormack and United Arab Emirates’ Rashid Al Ketbi complete the entries.

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