2018 Rallye Deutschland
The 2018 Rallye Deutschland (formally known as the ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2018) was a motor racing event for rally cars held over four days between 16 and 19 August 2018. It marked the thirty-sixth running of Rallye Deutschland, and was the ninth round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship and its support categories, the WRC-2 and WRC-3 championships. The event was based at Sankt Wendel in the countryside surrounding the Bostalsee in Saarland, and consisted of eighteen special stages totalling 325.76 km (202.42 mi) in competitive kilometres.
|2018 Rally Deutschland|
36. ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2018
|Round 9 of 13 in the 2018 World Rally Championship|
|Rally base||Bostalsee, Saarland|
|Dates run||16 – 19 August 2018|
|Start location||Winterbach, Saarland|
|Finish location||Sankt Wendel, Saarland|
|Stages||18 (325.76 km; 202.42 miles)|
|Transport distance||896.13 km (556.83 miles)|
|Overall distance||1,221.89 km (759.25 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Ott Tänak|
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT
|WRC-2 winner|| Jan Kopecký|
Škoda Motorsport II
|WRC-3 winner|| Taisko Lario|
|Power Stage winner|| Sébastien Ogier|
M-Sport Ford WRT
|Crews||60 at start, 45 at finish|
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja were the defending rally winners and they successfully defended their title. The Škoda Motorsport II crew of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler won the World Rally Championship-2 category in a Škoda Fabia R5, while Finnish crew Taisko Lario and Tatu Hämäläinen won the World Rally Championship-3.
Championship standings prior to the eventEdit
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul entered the round with a twenty-one-point lead in the World Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers. In the World Championship for Manufacturers, Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT held a twenty-six-point lead over M-Sport Ford WRT.
The following crews were entered into the rally. The event was opened to crews competing in the World Rally Championship, World Rally Championship-2, and the World Rally Championship-3. The final entry list consisted of thirteen World Rally Car entries, nineteen entries in World Rally Championship-2, and three World Rally Championship-3 entries.
Ott Tänak, who won the Shakedown, topped his Yaris over the WRC 2 category leader Kalle Rovanperä by just one-tenth of a second, while the young Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby was another slender 0.1 second behind. Returned Dani Sordo cleared the stage in fourth, followed by another experienced WRC 2 driver Jan Kopecký. Defending world champion Sébastien Ogier finished in seventh, ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen and Craig Breen by 0.1 and 0.2 second respectively. Two WRC 2 drivers, Umberto Scandola and Kajetan Kajetanowicz completed the top ten.
Five-time world champion Sébastien Ogier was the fastest man to finish the day other than the defending rally winner Ott Tänak, who set five out of six fastest stage times and built a 12.3-second lead over the Frenchman, while championship leader Thierry Neuville was another 15.1 seconds behind. Elfyn Evans climbed up three places in the afternoon loop and edged Jari-Matti Latvala by a second. Dani Sordo completed the day in sixth, only one-tenth of a second ahead of Esapekka Lappi, who failed to come to terms with dirt dragged onto the roads by the early starters. Craig Breen lost some time due to being caught in a heavy rain shower in the early stage in the eighth place, followed by Andreas Mikkelsen, who was struggling with his i20's handling and chose to change his driving style, in ninth, only one second behind. Teemu Suninen, driving a third Fiesta, in tenth. Lacking of power caused Mads Østberg to fail to find the pace like Finland, which made him cleared the day off the leaderboard in eleventh overall.
Saturday turned out to be a total disaster for Ford. First in the early stage, Elfyn Evans retired his Ford Fiesta from the day after sliding into a field, damaging the left front wheel in the process. Then in the afternoon loop, Second-place Sébastien Ogier suffered a puncture due to hitting a rock in the second pass through the marathon Panzerplatte military road test, dropping him five places to seventh overall, half a second behind Andreas Mikkelsen in front. This further extended Ott Tänak's lead to 43.7 seconds. This time over Dani Sordo, who edged Jari-Matti Latvala by just 0.8 second after a hot fight. Championship leader Thierry Neuville struggled for pace in his i20. He switched back to yesterday's differential and gearbox settings and found a comfortable rhythm. The Belgian eventually ended the day in fourth, eight seconds ahead of Esapekka Lappi. Teemu Suninen climbed up to eighth after Craig Breen crashed in the final stage and damaged his Citroën C3's rear left suspension and dropped down to tenth place, followed by Mads Østberg cleared the day in ninth after a trouble free day.
The opening stage saw a dramatic start to final day of the event. Tenth-place Mads Østberg, who was third on road, went off into a field and forced to retire from the event. Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala should have a fierce competition for second place, but an accident damage, which is happened on the Spaniard，and a transmission failure, which is happened on the Finn, burned the battle to ash. The biggest beneficiary of the chaos is championship leader Thierry Neuville, who was pushed up to the second place after the two's retirement.
The king of the event is obviously Ott Tänak, who led the entire rally but one stage. The Estonian took his first back-to-back victory in his career and now eats the gap to top to thirty-six points in the drivers' championships. Teammate Esapekka Lappi finished third, 21.7 seconds behind Thierry Neuville. With a 1-3 finish, Toyota overtook Ford to second in the manufacturers' championships, only thirteen points behind Hyundai. Although defending world champion Sébastien Ogier won the Power Stage, the outcome of fourth place finish still failed to narrow the gap to championship leader Thierry Neuville — it is up to twenty-three points after the event. Teammate Teemu Suninen completed the rally with a fifth-place finish after a consistent weekend, followed by Andreas Mikkelsen in sixth. Craig Breen finished in seventh, while localman Marijan Griebel finished in eighth. WRC 2 leader Jan Kopecký and seventeen-year-old Kalle Rovanperä completed the leaderboard.
Top ten finishersEdit
The following crews finished the rally in each class's top ten.[d]
Other notable finishersEdit
The following notable crews finished the rally outside top ten.[d]
|25||25||2||Elfyn Evans||Daniel Barritt||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford Fiesta WRC||WRC||3:40:04.0||0|
|26||11||39||Yoann Bonato||Benjamin Boulloud||CHL Sport Auto||Citroën C3 R5||WRC-2||3:43:11.2||—|
|27||12||40||Jari Huttunen||Antti Linnaketo||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai i20 R5||WRC-2||3:44:57.1||—|
|16 August||—||St. Wendeler Land [Shakedown]||5.52 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:52.9||N/A|
|SS1||St. Wendel||2.04 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:11.2||Ott Tänak|
|17 August||SS2||Stein und Wein 1||19.44 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||10:50.2||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS3||Mittelmosel 1||22.00 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||12:25.2||Ott Tänak|
|SS4||Wadern – Weiskichen 1||9.27 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||5:06.7|
|SS5||Stein und Wein 2||19.44 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||11:03.2|
|SS6||Mittelmosel 2||22.00 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||12:36.9|
|SS7||Wadern – Weiskichen 2||9.27 km||Ott Tänak||Toyota Yaris WRC||5:07.5|
|18 August||SS8||Arena Panzerplatte 1||9.43 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||5:26.4|
|SS9||Panzerplatte 1||38.57 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||21:55.7|
|SS10||Freisen 1||14.78 km||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||8:28.4|
|SS11||Römerstraße 1||12.28 km||Craig Breen||Citroën C3 WRC||6:03.3|
|SS12||Arena Panzerplatte 2||9.43 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||5:23.9|
|SS13||Panzerplatte 2||38.57 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||21:55.4|
|SS14||Freisen 2||14.78 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||8:31.8|
|SS15||Römerstraße 2||12.28 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||6:05.6|
|19 August||SS16||Grafschaft 1||29.07 km||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||16:17.7|
|SS17||Grafschaft 2||29.07 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||16:15.0|
|SS18||Bosenberg [Power stage]||14.97 km||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta WRC||7:15.0|
|World Rally Championship-2|
|16 August||—||St. Wendeler Land [Shakedown]||5.52 km||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta R5||3:04.5||N/A|
|SS1||St. Wendel||2.04 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||2:11.3||Kalle Rovanperä|
|17 August||SS2||Stein und Wein 1||19.44 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||11:34.3||Jan Kopecký|
|SS3||Mittelmosel 1||22.00 km||Fabian Kreim||Škoda Fabia R5||13:54.4|
|SS4||Wadern – Weiskichen 1||9.27 km||Kalle Rovanperä||Škoda Fabia R5||5:31.5|
|SS5||Stein und Wein 2||19.44 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||11:41.6|
|SS6||Mittelmosel 2||22.00 km||Nil Solans||Ford Fiesta R5||13:23.8|
|SS7||Wadern – Weiskichen 2||9.27 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||5:29.3|
|18 August||SS8||Arena Panzerplatte 1||9.43 km||Fabio Andolfi||Škoda Fabia R5||5:46.4|
|SS9||Panzerplatte 1||38.57 km||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroën C3 R5||23:22.0||Eric Camilli|
|SS10||Freisen 1||14.78 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||8:58.7|
|SS11||Römerstraße 1||12.28 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||6:30.1|
|SS12||Arena Panzerplatte 2||9.43 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||5:41.0|
|SS13||Panzerplatte 2||38.57 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||23:03.4|
|SS14||Freisen 2||14.78 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||8:58.9||Fabio Andolfi|
|SS15||Römerstraße 2||12.28 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||6:29.2||Kalle Rovanperä|
|19 August||SS16||Grafschaft 1||29.07 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||17:20.8|
|SS17||Grafschaft 2||29.07 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||17:07.7||Jan Kopecký|
|SS18||Bosenberg||14.97 km||Jan Kopecký||Škoda Fabia R5||7:45.5|
|World Rally Championship-3|
|16 August||—||St. Wendeler Land [Shakedown]||5.52 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||3:32.0||N/A|
|SS1||St. Wendel||2.04 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||2:31.3||Taisko Lario|
|17 August||SS2||Stein und Wein 1||19.44 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||13:28.5|
|SS3||Mittelmosel 1||22.00 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||16:26.6|
|SS4||Wadern – Weiskichen 1||9.27 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||6:20.3|
|SS5||Stein und Wein 2||19.44 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||13:31.7|
|SS6||Mittelmosel 2||22.00 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||15:40.5|
|SS7||Wadern – Weiskichen 2||9.27 km||Enrico Brazzoli||Peugeot 208 R2||6:27.0|
|18 August||SS8||Arena Panzerplatte 1||9.43 km||Enrico Brazzoli||Peugeot 208 R2||6:51.5|
|SS9||Panzerplatte 1||38.57 km||Enrico Brazzoli||Peugeot 208 R2||27:01.1|
|SS10||Freisen 1||14.78 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||10:28.2|
|SS11||Römerstraße 1||12.28 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||7:32.5|
|SS12||Arena Panzerplatte 2||9.43 km||Enrico Brazzoli||Peugeot 208 R2||6:37.9|
|SS13||Panzerplatte 2||38.57 km||Enrico Brazzoli||Peugeot 208 R2||27:05.8|
|SS14||Freisen 2||14.78 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||10:31.2|
|SS15||Römerstraße 2||12.28 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||7:41.6|
|19 August||SS16||Grafschaft 1||29.07 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||20:47.5|
|SS17||Grafschaft 2||29.07 km||Louise Cook||Ford Fiesta R2T||20:34.9|
|SS18||Bosenberg||14.97 km||Taisko Lario||Peugeot 208 R2||9:26.0|
The Power stage was a 14.97 km stage at the end of the rally. Additional World Championship points were awarded to the five fastest crews.
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Julien Ingrassia||Ford Fiesta WRC||7:15.0||0.0||5|
|2||Ott Tänak||Martin Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||7:15.1||+0.1||4|
|3||Esapekka Lappi||Janne Ferm||Toyota Yaris WRC||7:19.0||+4.0||3|
|4||Craig Breen||Scott Martin||Citroën C3 WRC||7:19.2||+4.2||2|
|5||Thierry Neuville||Nicolas Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||7:21.7||+6.7||1|
The following notable crews were given time penalty during the rally.[d]
|SS3||41||Nicolas Ciamin||Thibault de la Haye||Nicolas Ciamin||Hyundai i20 R5||WRC-2||1 minute late||0:10|
|SS6||35||Nil Solans||Miquel Ibáñez Sotos||Nil Solans||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4 minutes late||0:40|
|SS7||49||José Antonio Suárez||Cándido Carrera||Hyundai Motor España||Hyundai i20 R5||WRC-2||7 minutes late||1:10|
|SS8||35||Nil Solans||Miquel Ibáñez Sotos||Nil Solans||Ford Fiesta R5||WRC-2||4 minutes late||0:40|
|SS11||21||Jourdan Serderidis||Frédéric Miclotte||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford Fiesta WRC||WRC||1 minute early||1:00|
|SS15||41||Nicolas Ciamin||Thibault de la Haye||Nicolas Ciamin||Hyundai i20 R5||WRC-2||Stewards decision||0:30|
|SS16||6||Dani Sordo||Carlos del Barrio||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||WRC||10 minutes late||1:40|
The following notable crews retired from the event.[d] Under Rally2 regulations, they were eligible to re-enter the event starting from the next leg. Crews that re-entered were given an additional time penalty.
Championship standings after the rallyEdit
Manufacturers' and teams' championshipsEdit
- Gus Greensmith's co-driver Craig Parry was replaced by Stuart Loudon due to the injury caused by the accident in testing.
- Terry Folb withdrew from the event.
- Jean-Baptiste Franceschi was originally in WRC-3 category.
- Only crews contesting the World Rally Championship, World Rally Championship-2 and World Rally Championship-3 are listed.
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