Tanak in complete control in Germany

Trier (Germany) (AFP) –


Estonia's Ott Tanak remained on course for a second successive victory when he swept five of Friday's six stages on the Rally of Germany.

Tanak, in a Toyota and who triumphed in Finland last month, opened up a 12.3sec lead over five-time world champion Sebstien Ogier in a Ford with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville, the championship leader, in third, almost 30 seconds off the lead.

Ogier claimed the day's opening stage but from then on it was all Tanak who thrived on the asphalt surface.


1. Ott Tanak-Martin Jarveoja (EST/Toyota Yaris) 54:15.1, 2. Sebastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (FRA/Ford Fiesta) at 12.3 sec, 3. Thierry Neuville-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL/Hyundai i20) 27.4, 4. Elfyn Evans-Dan Barritt (GBR/Ford Fiesta) 37.8, 5. Jari-Matti Latvala-Mikka Anttila (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 38.8, 6. Dani Sordo-Carlos del Barrio (ESP/Hyundai i20) 42.7, 7. Esapekka Lappi-Janne Ferm (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 42.8, 8. Craig Breen-Scott Martin (IRL-GBR/Citroen C3) 58, 9. Andreas Mikkelsen-Anders Jaeger(NOR/Hyundai i20) 59, 10. Teemu Suninen-Mikko Markkula (FIN/Ford Fiesta) 1:21.4