Rally Germany: Latvala tops shakedown as Neuville rolls
|By David Evans||Thursday, August 21st 2014, 11:21 GMT|
Jari-Matti Latvala continued his fine run of World Rally Championship form by topping shakedown for Rally Germany, while Thierry Neuville heavily rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC.
Shakedown was halted after Neuville crashed heavily on his third run at the stage. The car is believed to have rolled as many as six times in the accident after the Belgian lost control of the car on a left-hander.
FIA scrutineers and Hyundai Motorsport will now inspect the damage to the car before deciding whether last year's runner-up can take the start in the centre of Trier tonight.
Latvala headed a Volkswagen one-two-three, with the Rally Finland winner half a second up on championship leader Sebastien Ogier. Andreas Mikkelsen was a further six tenths down in third.
Northern Irishman Kris Meeke was the fastest non-Polo driver in his Citroen DS3 WRC, with Dani Sordo offering Hyundai some cheer from a tough morning with fifth fastest time.
M-Sport man Mikko Hirvonen was sixth in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, one place up on Robert Kubica who suffered minor handbrake issues this morning.
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Leading shakedown times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala VW 2m20.8s 2. Sebastien Ogier VW 2m21.3s +0.5s 3. Andreas Mikkelsen VW 2m21.9s +1.1s 4. Kris Meeke Citroen 2m22.5s +1.7s 5. Dani Sordo Hyundai 2m23.0s +2.2s 6. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford 2m23.7s +2.9s 7. Robert Kubica M-Sport Ford 2m23.9s +3.1s 8. Thierry Neuville Hyundai 2m23.9s +3.1s 9. Mads Ostberg Citroen 2m24.1s +3.3s 10. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford 2m25.2s +4.4s