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.
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.
A weekend of important podium results for ŠKODA Customer Teams. Fredrik Åhlin finishes second overall at the Ulster Rally to retain British Rally Championship lead. Joe McGonigle is third in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship standings at the Ulster Rally and now sits third in the ITRC standings too. Ole Christian Veiby is second at the Konsmo Rally in Norway after dramatic finale. Quentin Gilbert just misses the podium with fourth place in the WRC2 standings at the Rallye Deutschland. And there is more success for ŠKODA drivers in the French Rally Cup too.
At ADAC Rallye Deutschland ŠKODA Motorsport crew Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson took the first match point to prematurely win the World Rally Championship (WRC2). Teammates Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, delayed by a puncture on the second day of the rally, finished a strong second. With this result ŠKODA Motorsport also secured the WRC2 Team Championship three rallies before the end of the season.
The Rallye Deutschland is the tenth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and its 21 special stages and 309 kilometres of competitive distance are widely acknowledged as the most challenging tarmac round on the WRC calendar.