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The Rallye Deutschland has been in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar since 2002 and has quickly gained a reputation for being the most challenging asphalt event of the year. It features a number of treacherous stages, where risks are such that safety crews drive the stages ahead of drivers to provide up-to-date information on conditions.

Then there are the famous Baumholder stages with its huge kerb stones, known as hinkelsteins. A collision with one of these is likely to mean an early exit from the event. But perhaps the biggest challenge of all is the technical one. Such is the difference between stages, that getting a perfect setup for each stage is all but possible, and even making the right tyre choice is hard in unpredictable weather conditions. Which altogether makes the Rallye Deutschland one of the most testing and most compelling events of the season.

2017 Rally Deutschland – WRC2 Standings After Leg 1:
1. Kopecký / Dresler (CZE/CZE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 1:10:59.2 hrs
2. Tidemand / Andersson (SWE/SWE) ŠKODA FABIA R5 +5.8 sec
3. Camilli / Veillas (FRA/FRA) Ford Fiesta R5 +19.6 sec

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    WRC Germany: Kopecký leads Tidemand after the first leg

    ŠKODA Motorsport crews Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler and Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson are holding a double lead after the opening day of ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Already on Thursday evening on the opening street stage in Saarbrücken Czech Rally Champion Kopecký wrote history: After the ŠKODA FABIA R5 driver won the first stage, for the first time ever a WRC2 car took the overall lead of a World Championship rally. During Friday Kopecký defended his lead in the WRC2 category with 5.8 seconds ahead of teammate Pontus Tidemand. If the result is the same at the finish on Sunday, ŠKODA Motorsport’s Swede would prematurely secure his World Champion title in WRC2.

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    PHOTO: ŠKODA Customer Teams at the Rallye Deutschland 2017

    The Rallye Deutschland is the tenth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). As one of this year’s three WRC2 compulsory rallies, there is no shortage of entrants in this category. Alongside the two ŠKODA Motorsport cars, there are a number of customer teams competing in their ŠKODA FABIA R5s too.

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