2013 ADAC Rallye Deutschland - Day 4

FIA news bulletin from the fourth and final day of competition.
(22 - 25 AUGUST 2013)


After a nail-biting finish to Rallye Deutschland, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team crew of Dani Sordo and Carlos Del Barrio claimed their first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship. Their arch rivals Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul finished second; they started the final stage just three seconds behind and the fight went to the wire through the final Power Stage. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen claimed third.
In the FIA World Rally Championship, Sébastien Ogier continues to head the standings but the gap to second-placed Neuville has closed to 75 points. Third is held by Jari-Matti Latvala a further 11 points adrift. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, top points from both Sordo and Hirvonen have moved the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team to within 26 points of leaders Volkswagen Motorsport. This is the French manufacturer’s 12th consecutive WRC Rallye Deutschland victory.
The final day of competition in Rallye Deutschland took in just one stage, run a second time as the Power Stage, in which additional Championship points are awarded to the fastest three drivers in this single stage. Here, Ogier, Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala collected the additional three, two and one point respectively.
In the first run through the Dhrontal stage Sordo set the pace, winning the stage to go into the Power Stage with three seconds in hand to Neuville. In the final stage, the battling rivals were neck and neck until the young Belgium went off the road near the end, losing him 53.9 seconds. Sordo’s victory represents his first WRC win in 107 starts. Behind the leading duo, Hirvonen could cruise to a safe finish ahead of Martin Prokop, who equalled his best WRC result. Robert Kubica finished fifth, winning the FIA WRC 2 Championship category after a close-fought battle with series rival, Elfyn Evans, who claimed sixth overall and the best WRC finish for Ford’s new R5 car.
With Championship leader Sébastien Ogier finishing 17th overall, the fight for the FIA World Rally Championship title will continue on the 10th round of the series, which takes the contenders to the other side of the world for Rally Australia (12-15 September).
Rallye Deutschland – Final Unofficial Classification (subject to scrutineering)
1.   Dani Sordo/Carlos Del Barrio
2.   Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul
3.   Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
4.   Martin Prokop/Michal Ernst
5.   Robert Kubica/Maciek Baran
6.   Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt
7.   Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila
8.   Hayden Paddon/John Kennard
9.   Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson
10. Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 RRC
Ford Fiesta R5
Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Skoda Fabia S2000
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
3hr 15 min 19.4sec
3hr 16 min 12.4sec
3hr 17 min 55.5sec
3hr 23 min 20.2sec
3hr 24 min 20.7sec
3hr 24 min 33.6sec
3hr 25 min 14.4sec
3hr 28 min 20.6sec
3hr 28 min 47.5sec
3hr 30 min 37.3sec

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 9 of 13 rounds)

Sébastien Ogier (FRA)
Thierry Neuville (BEL)
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)
Dani Sordo (ESP)
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)
Sébastien Loeb (FRA)
Mads Østberg (NOR)
Martin Prokop (CZE)
Evgeny Novikov (RUS)
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)
Elfyn Evans (GBR)
Robert Kubica (POL)
Bryan Bouffier (FRA)
Juho Hänninen (FIN)
Chris Atkinson (AUS)
Michal Kosciuszko (POL)
Ken Block (USA)
Jari Ketomaa (FIN)
Hayden Paddon (NZL)
Sepp Weigand (DEU)
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SWE)
Henning Solberg (NOR)
Benito Guerra (MEX)
Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE)
Olivier Burri (CHE)
Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU)
Esapekka Lappi (FIN)
184 points
109 points
98 points
96 points
88 points
68 points
67 points
49 points
40 points
30 points
26 points
16 points
14 points
10 points
8 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
6 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point
1 point

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 9 of 13 rounds)

Volkswagen Motorsport
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Qatar World Rally Team
Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team
Jipocar Czech National Team
Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team
Volkswagen Motorsport II
Lotos WRC Team
262 points
236 points
127 points
126 points
51 points
37 points
26 points
20 points