Rally Germany, Belgian GP supports


By: Matt Beer, David Evans, AUTOSPORT staff, Gary Watkins, Dan Cross, Charles Bradley, Kevin Turner


Status: Stopped
09:52 WRC - France: Ogier had a half-spin early in the stage. He got the car moving again, but crawled through at around 20mph. He stopped again, got out of the car briefly, but then continued.
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13:15 BTCC - Knockhill: Neal keeps his soft tyres together to score his first win of 2014, his first victory in the Civic Tourer estate.

Austin takes second, with Shedden third and Mat Jackson fourth.
13:11 BTCC - Knockhill: Tordoff pulls off behind the safety car, so Neal leads Austin at the restart.
13:10 BTCC - Knockhill: Safety car out to retrieve Turkington's BMW.

At the front, Neal on the soft tyre, leads from Tordoff and Austin (also on softs).
13:06 BTCC - Knockhill: And it's happened. Turkington gets ahead into the first corner, but is tapped from behind as Plato and Jackson battle behind. The BMW has been deposited into the gravel.

Neal has now overtaken Tordoff into Clark to take the lead.
13:04 BTCC - Knockhill: As Tordoff leads, Plato has a huge line of cars behind him, led by Turkington. Is he trying to back the BMW into the pack?
13:02 BTCC - Knockhill: Jordan passes Shedden, only for Sheds to spin and hit Jordan. The Eurotech Honda is out with broken suspension.
13:01 BTCC - Knockhill: Austin and Shedden touch so the Audi falls to fifth. Tordoff now has a lead of a second.
12:59 WRC - Germany: And, the final rally standings:

1) Neuville 3h07m20.2s
2) Sordo +40.7s
3) Mikkelsen +58.0s
4) Evans +1m03.6s
5) Hirvonen +1m10.5s
6) Ostberg +1m22.7s
7) Prokop +4m52.8s
8) Kuipers +9m18.1s
12:58 WRC - Germany: Here are the quickest times from the final stage of Rally Germany:

1) Evans 11m45.7s (3pts)
2) Neuville +0.9s (2pts)
3) Hirvonen +2.0s (1pt)
4) Ostberg +2.4s
5) Mikkelsen +4.3s
6) Sordo +4.6s
7) Prokop +17.0s
8) Kuipers +37.7s
12:57 BTCC - Knockhill: Austin is closing on leader Tordoff, with Shedden close behind too.

Turkington is really pressing Mat Jackson now.
12:56 Mikkelsen tweets: "I'm so, so happy for my mate @thierryneuville taking his first WRC win!!"

Nice to see a driver taking so much pleasure from a seminal moment in his rival's career.
12:54 WRC - Germany: "A nice feeling, it's been an unbelievable job by the team. We put the pressure on and it paid off," says the victorious Neuville.

Who'd have guessed he could recover from rolling his Hyundai in shakedown on Thursday to take the win?
12:54 BTCC - Knockhill: Shedden dives by Jordan into the hairpin to snatch third as Turkington sets a new fastest lap and closes on Mat Jackson.
12:53 BTCC - Knockhill: Tordoff leads Austin by 1.2s after three laps, with Jordan, Shedden and Neal making it a Honda 3-4-5. Turkington is now 8th.
12:52 WRC - Germany: "The Belgian fans are going bonkers!", bellows Colin Clark.

And so well they might - they've had nearly a decade to wait since Duval's Australian triumph.
12:51 WRC - Germany: Thierry Neuville crosses the finish line to win Rally Germany, his first victory in the WRC!
12:49 BTCC - Knockhill: Race one is go and Tordoff makes a good start to lead Austin.
12:48 WRC - Germany: Sordo goes fifth fastest, understandably taking it easy on the last stage with so much at stake for Hyundai.

Now for Neuville to come through and seal the deal.
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