Who can stop Ogier?

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In the ab­sence of Kris Meeke (Abu Dhabi To­tal WRT not com­pet­ing in Ger­many) and Ogier’s team-mates Jari-matti Lat­vala and An­dreas Mikkelsen aside, the main threat comes from Hyundai’s two pre­vi­ous win­ners: Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

Both i20 WRC driv­ers are pre­vi­ous win­ners in Trier and they pose an equally big threat. The one thing which could stymie their ul­ti­mate pace could be the Korean make’s need for points – both driv­ers are reg­is­tered for man­u­fac­turer points. Will there be a ques­tion mark over Sordo fol­low­ing the frac­tured ver­te­brae he suf­fered test­ing for Fin­land?

There’s no doubt, Neuville is a driver who has al­ways felt very much at home in Ger­many. It’s his favourite rally of the year and one where he gets the most sup­port, with his Bel­gian home­town just a short drive away. Grow­ing up on as­phalt with lim­ited and change­able grip lev­els has served him well on this event and his con­fi­dence with a car on the brakes in th­ese con­di­tions is ob­vi­ous from the side of the road.

Just to add a fur­ther fris­son, both driv­ers have some­thing to prove to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers for next sea­son.

Stephane Le­feb­vre has funded his own drive on this week’s Rally Ger­many, with the aim of equal­ing Craig Breen’s Fin­land podium.

Last year’s Rally Ger­many was Le­feb­vre’s first time in a World Rally Car, so he’s keen to mon­i­tor his progress 12 months on.

Le­feb­vre said: “When team’s pro­gramme did not go to Ger­many, I went in search of the bud­get. I want to con­firm and il­lus­trate my progress since my first time in a World Rally Car last year.”

Asked about a pos­si­ble re­sult this week, Le­feb­vre said: “Af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in Monte Carlo, I want to do at least as well. Ob­vi­ously I dream [about the] podium, but I am al­ready sat­is­fied by fin­ish­ing fourth or fifth.”

Le­feb­vre: Fund­ing drive

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