It was, once again, Sebastien Loeb who was dominant; the Frenchman never really looked like first place was out of his grasp. There has even been comments made that a second place is top place in Germany, as Loeb is always the favourite. He is now well on the way to his ninth consecutive WRC title, and looks unbeatable.
Second place went to Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn is ever-improving and has started to show the promise of a works driver. He knew that there was no chance of catching Loeb, and so stayed cautious to ensure that he remained in second place. With the stages as treacherous as they are here, this was a vital move in obtaining some valuable points for himself and the Ford team.
The final podium spot went to the ever-consistent Citroen number two; Mikko Hirvonen. He has proven himself to be a vital asset to Citroen this year, picking up points in all-but-one of the rallies so far. He struggled on this rally, but thanks to some retirements above him he managed to claim third place.
Having mentioned how treacherous the German stages are, it was no surprise that there were some crashes. Quite a few actually. Solberg, Neuville, Sordo, Novikov, Van Merksteijn. Whilst some of these restarted under Rally 2 regulations, it was not possible for Martin Prokop to do so. His rally ended when his Fiesta RS WRC went up in flames.
Mads Ostberg finished in fourth place, in front of Chris Atkinson who earned a fifth place in his debut appearance in a Mini John Cooper Works WRC. Sebastian Ogier took sixth in his Skoda Fabia S2000.
When it came to the power stage, Loeb took first and three extra points. Mikko Hirvonen took second and two extra points, with Andreas Mikkelsen picking up the final point in his Skoda Fabia S2000.
A full table of championship standings can be found below. The next rally is Wales Rally GB, from the 13-16 September. I look forward to seeing the WRC head here again, and be sure to check back for an overview of the stages.
Driver's Championship Standings
Manufacturers Championship Standings
|1.||Citroen Total World Rally Team||320|
|2.||Ford World Rally Team||197|
|3.||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||115|
|4.||Qatar World Rally Team||59|
|5.||Citroen Junior World Rally Team||54|
|6.||Adapta World Rally Team||49|
|7.||MINI WRC Team||26|
|8.||Brazil World Rally Team||20|