The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Thierry Neuville wins crash-hit Rally of Germany for his maiden victory

  • Print

TRIER, Germany - Thierry Neuville held his nerve to win the Rally of Germany after Jari-Matti Latvala and then Kris Meeke crashed out of the lead on Sunday.

Neuville claimed his first world rally victory by 40.7 seconds from Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo, last year's winner. Sordo finished 17.3 seconds ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen's Volkswagen Polo R.

It was a remarkable turnaround for the Belgian driver, who virtually destroyed his car after rolling in pre-event trials on Thursday morning.

"I think we did an unbelievable job during all three days of the rally and I can only say thank you to our team. They did a fantastic job after our roll on shakedown," Neuville said. "We kept the pressure on and it paid off."

Neuville started the day 4.3 seconds behind Citroen driver Meeke, who was 56.6 seconds behind Latvala's Volkswagen.

Latvala went off the road in a vineyard section about 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) after the start, gifting Meeke the lead, only for the British driver to crash into a wall in the following stage, which was won by Neuville.

Neuville claimed Hyundai's maiden win on the Korean manufacturer's first season back in the championship and became only the second Belgian to win a world rally following Francois Duval in Australia in 2005.

Volkswagen's winning run of 12 events that started in Australia last year was ended.

"We're not in the championship to put together a run of the most victories," Volkswagen team chief Jost Capito said. "We're here to fight for the championship."

The team lost both Latvala and series leader Sebastien Ogier to crashes in the three-day asphalt event. World champion Ogier crashed Friday and again on Saturday, when the Frenchman's car was too badly damaged to restart.

With four races in the series remaining, Ogier still leads the standings by 44 points from his Finnish teammate Latvala.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bowman pledges to find efficiencies at City Hall

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Goose sits in high grass near Marion Friday afternoon for cover -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 18 - May 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Which Jets prospect has the best chance of making NHL team this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google