The first leg of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017, featured a mixture of fast and narrow asphalt roads in the Saarland region as well as tricky and small tracks with uncountable hairpins in the vineyards along the river Mosel. During the morning loop, light rain and a mixture of dry and damp sections on the stages caused unpredictable road conditions.

Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rallye Deutschland 2017
Jan Kopecký

After the midday break, it started to rain heavily for the repeat of the morning loop. After a cautious approach in the first vineyard stage after the break, Tidemand set the fastest time in the next test and secured his second position. 

Pontus Tidemand

Although Jan Kopecký suffered a slow puncture, the ŠKODA FABIA R5 driver kept his lead until the end of the Friday leg.

Michal Hrabánek

On Saturday the legendary military area of Baumholder with gruelling and fast tank tracks on rough concrete, framed by massive rocks (the infamous “Hinkelsteins”), is waiting for the drivers. After the rainy Friday, the weather forecast promising sunshine for the rest of the rally is much more friendly. If main rival Teemu Suninen doesn’t win the category Pontus Tidemand needs to finish at least in the fourth position to be crowned the new World Rally Champion in WRC2.

2018 Rallye Deutschland – WRC2 Standings After Leg 1:

Number of the day: 1

For the first time ever in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship, a WRC2 car was leading overall – when Jan Kopecký won stage number one.

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