After heavy rainfalls during the first leg on Friday, blue sky and sunshine were overlooking the toughest day of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017. The famous military area of Baumholder was waiting with fast and rough concrete tracks, usually used by tanks. Twice nearly 42 kilometres of “Panzerplatte” were the most demanding tests on Saturday.

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

WRC2 leaders Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler had a smooth and trouble-free run during the first loop with their ŠKODA FABIA R5, while teammates Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson ran into problems. On the last quarter of the 42 kilometres long stage, a tyre deflated. 

Saturday midday service interviews of Jan Kopecký / Pavel Dresler, Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rallye Deutschland 2017
Pontus Tidemand

He managed to finish the stage with a time loss of around 50 seconds and dropped from second to third in the category. His ŠKODA FABIA R5 proved again to be rock solid after the cosmetic damage has been repaired at the midday service, he could restart for the second loop. His main rival Teemu Suninen also suffered a puncture but lost more than two and a half minutes.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rallye Deutschland 2017
Pontus Tidemand

On the second run of the long Panzerplatte stage, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler got a puncture. But they changed the tyre in a record fast time of less than one and a half minutes and continued their drive. 

Jan Kopecký
Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký about the second leg at the 2017 Rallye Deutschland
Michal Hrabánek

Pontus Tidemand and Jonas Andersson only have to master the remaining four special stages of roughly 52 kilometres during Sunday. Their task is clear: Finishing not lower than fourth in the category, while main rival Teemu Suninen must not win WRC2.

2018 Rallye Deutschland – WRC2 Standings After Leg 2:

Number of the day: 4

Four more stages to go – and Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson can be prematurely become World Rally Champions (WRC2).

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