Rally Germany: Jari-Matti Latvala escaping out front

Jari-Matti Latvala is escaping in the Rally Germany lead, as Dani Sordo puts pressure on Thierry Neuville

Rally Germany: Jari-Matti Latvala escaping out front

After being hounded by M-Sport Ford driver Neuville for most of Friday, Latvala's Volkswagen began to inch away near the end of leg one.

He continued that form on Saturday morning's opening loop, which included the infamous Panzerplatte stage, building a gap of 14.8 seconds.

That left Neuville's second place under threat from the resurgent Dani Sordo.

The Citroen has closed to within nine seconds of the Ford.

Mikko Hirvonen and Mads Ostberg continue to round out the top five. Both went off the road at the same place on the Peterburg stage but continued with only minor time loss.

Robert Kubica's battle with Elfyn Evans for the WRC2 lead became even more intense.

First the Pole spun on Stein & Wein and dropped behind his rival, then Evans went through a ditch on Peterberg and gave Kubica the lead back again.

They are just one second apart after Panzerplatte, and with Nasser Al-Attiyah retiring, are up to seventh and eighth overall.

Leading positions after SS11: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala VW 2h21m53.9s 2. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +14.8s 3. Dani Sordo Citroen +23.8s 4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +1m16.7s 5. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +3m00.8s 6. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +5m33.6s 7. Robert Kubica PH Citroen +7m09.3s* 8. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +7m10.7s* 9. Hayden Paddon ASM Skoda +9m29.2s* 10. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Deutschland +9m38.8s* * WRC2 
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