Volkswagen’s Sébastien Ogier returned to rally-winning form on Sunday afternoon as he won ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
The Frenchman snatched the lead of this season’s first all-asphalt rally from team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen on day two with a string of stunning performances in the Baumholder military proving ground stages and managed his lead from there on in to win by 20.3.
The fight for second place was a three-way battle between the Hyundai pair of Dani Sordo, Thierry Neuville and Mikkelsen on the final leg.
Only 4.1s separated the trio entering the rally-ending Power Stage, but it was Sordo who emerged with runners up spot in the bag at the end.
He was slower than Neuville in the Power Stage – but did enough to hold on to his second place by a mere 0.1s. Mikkelsen had to settle for fourth.
Neuville won the Power Stage to claim three bonus championship points, while Jari-Matti Latvala took two points for second in his VW and Ogier secured the final point that was up for grabs.
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