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The drama actually started months before the beginning of Rallye Germany when organizers decided to move the service park back to the Bostalsee after 11 years.

We remembered it well enough to have a bitter feeling about these piece of news. Desastrous conditions transformed the service park into a completely muddy field back in 2006. Since then it was located in Trier and the starting events revolved around the Porta Nigra. Due to some disagreements with local public authorities and offerings from the ADAC branch in Saarland the rallye was forced to relocate it down there to the Bostalsee.

After the new shakedown stage „Peterberg“ the first stage was another novelty. In the middle of Saarbrücken, capital city of the state of Saarland, drivers had to face a short and narrow street course which demanded absolute concentration. It was only a matter of time until sombody made a mistake – and unfortunately it was Kris Meeke. His hopes beforehand were high, but they were crashed within a second when he destroyed his right wheel suspension while cutting too close to a concrete block. Winner of the Super Special Stage was surprisingly Jan Kopecky who showed extremely precise driving skills in the obstacle course.

Friday started rainy which led to many minor problems, even for the top drivers. Sebastien Ogier spinned his car on SS2, Thierry Neuville lamost slid into the vineyrads in a harmless corner, Jari-Matti Latvala damaged his bodywork on stage 2 and Dani Sordo came off the road on SS4. The rallye started to become much more interesting than expected. The men who emerged from the many mistakes were Andreas Mikkelsen and Ott Tänak. But only the latter was able to push constantly and soon placed himself up front without giving away his head until the end. This was a remarkable act of consistency throughout the event by the Estonian.

The next day started with a disaster for Thierry Neuville who was unable to continue after he cut too deep on the Panzerplatte. The suspension of his back left wheels broke down and destroyed his goal of winning the championship. He had to push his limits hoping to collect as many points as possible to close the gap between him and Ogier in the overall championship standings which merely resulted in shattered dreams. After this accident Ogier knew he could drive more safely without risking anything serious. His orders were to secure as many points as possible which he eventually did by taking up third place at the end of Sunday.

In the final classification Tänak reached the top spot, followed by Mikkelsen and Ogier. The first Hyundai pilot was Juho Hänninen on fourth place. Here are the detailled final results:

 

1. 2 Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin
Ford Fiesta WRC ’17
RC1
M
2:57:31.7 104.5
2. 9 Mikkelsen Andreas – Jæger A.
Citroën C3 WRC
RC1
M
2:57:48.1 +16.4
+16.4
104.3
0.05
3. 1 Ogier S. – Ingrassia J.
Ford Fiesta WRC ’17
RC1
M
2:58:02.1 +30.4
+14.0
104.2
0.10
4. 11 Hänninen Juho – Lindström K.
Toyota Yaris WRC
RC1
M
2:59:20.9 +1:49.2
+1:18.8
103.4
0.35
5.
+1
8 Breen Craig – Martin Scott
Citroën C3 WRC
RC1
M
2:59:33.2 +2:01.5
+12.3
103.3
0.39
6.
−1
3 Evans Elfyn – Barritt Daniel
Ford Fiesta WRC ’17
RC1
M
2:59:35.1 +2:03.4
+1.9
103.3
0.40
7. 10 Latvala J. – Anttila M.
Toyota Yaris WRC
RC1
M
3:01:29.9 +3:58.2
+1:54.8
102.2
0.77
8. 4 Paddon Hayden – Marshall S.
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
RC1
M
3:02:04.1 +4:32.4
+34.2
101.9
0.88
9. 14 Kremer Armin – Winklhofer P.
Ford Fiesta WRC ’17
RC1 3:07:51.1
0:10
+10:19.4
+5:47.0
98.8
2.00
10. 33 Camilli Eric – Veillas B.
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:08:16.0 +10:44.3
+24.9
98.5
2.08
11. 34 Kopecký Jan – Dresler Pavel
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:09:04.1 +11:32.4
+48.1
98.1
2.24
12. 31 Tidemand Pontus – Andersson J.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:10:06.7 +12:35.0
+1:02.6
97.6
2.44
13. 39 Gilbert Quentin – Jamoul R.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:11:19.4 +13:47.7
+1:12.7
97.0
2.68
14. 42 Loubet P. – Landais V.
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:12:04.9 +14:33.2
+45.5
96.6
2.82
15. 37 Tempestini S. – Bernacchini G.
Citroën DS3 R5
RC2 3:12:06.8 +14:35.1
+1.9
96.6
2.83
16. 32 Suninen Teemu – Markkula Mikko
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:12:33.2 +15:01.5
+26.4
96.3
2.92
17. 41 Griebel Marijan – Kopczyk S.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:13:01.5 +15:29.8
+28.3
96.1
3.01
18. 36 Guerra jr. Benito – Cué D.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:14:25.5 +16:53.8
+1:24.0
95.4
3.28
19. 44 Bergkvist Emil – Fløene Ola
Citroën DS3 R5
RC2 3:15:20.9 +17:49.2
+55.4
95.0
3.46
20. 47 ten Brinke B. – Thierie D.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:15:31.2 +17:59.5
+10.3
94.9
3.49
21. 12 Lappi Esapekka – Ferm Janne
Toyota Yaris WRC
RC1
M
3:15:36.9 +18:05.2
+5.7
94.8
3.51
22. 72 Lim Chewon – Wydaeghe Martijn
Hyundai i20 R5
RC2 3:19:08.0 +21:36.3
+3:31.1
93.2
4.19
23. 43 Pieniążek Łukasz – Mazur P.
Peugeot 208 T16
RC2 3:20:29.6 +22:57.9
+1:21.6
92.5
4.46
24. 22 Raoux J. – Galmiche I.
Citroën DS3 WRC
RC1 3:22:19.2 +24:47.5
+1:49.6
91.7
4.81
25. 23 Serderidis J. – Miclotte F.
Citroën DS3 WRC
RC1 3:23:55.2 +26:23.5
+1:36.0
91.0
5.12
26. 76 Huttunen Jari – Linnaketo A.
Opel Adam R2
RC4 3:26:35.1 +29:03.4
+2:39.9
89.8
5.64
27. 45 Bonato Yoann – Boulloud B.
Citroën DS3 R5
RC2 3:27:35.6
0:20
+30:03.9
+1:00.5
89.5
5.83
28.
+1
78 Gassner Jr Hermann – Kramer J.
Toyota GT86 CS-R3
RC3 3:29:10.3 +31:38.6
+1:34.7
88.7
6.14
29.
−1
80 Boland Eamonn – Morrissey M.
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:29:13.0 +31:41.3
+2.7
88.7
6.15
30. 77 van der Marel T. – van der Marel-Smart R.
Opel Adam R2
RC4 3:29:50.2 +32:18.5
+37.2
88.4
6.27
31. 66 Tannert Julius – Heigl Jürgen
Ford Fiesta R2T
RC4 3:30:54.4 +33:22.7
+1:04.2
88.0
6.48
32. 48 Armstrong Jon – O’Sullivan N.
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:31:23.7 +33:52.0
+29.3
87.8
6.57
33. 75 Gassner H. – Thannhäuser K.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
RC2 3:32:22.1 +34:50.4
+58.4
87.3
6.76
34. 6 Sordo Dani – Martí Marc
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
RC1
M
3:32:50.7 +35:19.0
+28.6
87.2
6.85
35. 74 Rujbr Patrik – Římalová V.
Škoda Fabia R5
RC2 3:36:53.5
0:10
+39:21.8
+4:02.8
85.6
7.64
36. 88 Gropp Uwe – Ostlender Hanna
Citroën DS3 R3T Max
RC3 3:39:35.6 +42:03.9
+2:42.1
84.5
8.16
37. 86 Lario T. – Hämäläinen T.
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 3:39:48.6 +42:16.9
+13.0
84.4
8.21
38. 61 Astier Raphaël – Vauclare F.
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 3:42:15.7
2:20
+44:44.0
+2:27.1
84.3
8.68
39. 63 Solans Nil – Ibáñez Sotos M.
Ford Fiesta R2T
RC4 3:43:15.0 +45:43.3
+59.3
83.1
8.87
40. 62 Brazzoli Enrico – Barone M.
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 3:46:06.3 +48:34.6
+2:51.3
82.0
9.43
41.
+1
38 Rossel Yohan – Fulcrand B.
Citroën DS3 R5
RC2 3:49:36.4
5:00
+52:04.7
+3:30.1
82.6
10.1
42.
+1
79 Vossen Henk – van Barschot S.
Ford Fiesta R5
RC2 3:52:38.0
0:20
+55:06.3
+3:01.6
79.9
10.7
43.
+1
95 Hohlheimer Jürgen – Sanesi S.
Renault Twingo RS R2
RC4 3:53:45.6 +56:13.9
+1:07.6
79.4
10.9
44.
+1
5 Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul N.
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
RC1
M
3:53:57.3 +56:25.6
+11.7
79.3
11.0
45.
+1
87 Wendling Yannick – Di Nisi L.
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 3:56:23.8 +58:52.1
+2:26.5
78.5
11.4
46.
+1
91 Lauer Frank – Brack Martin
Citroën DS3 R3T
RC3 3:57:14.3
0:10
+59:42.6
+50.5
78.2
11.6
47.
+1
64 Ciamin Nicolas – de la Haye T.
Ford Fiesta R2T
RC4 3:58:14.9
4:20
+1:00:43.2
+1:00.6
79.3
11.8
48.
+1
81 Molle Amaury – Herman Renaud
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 4:06:10.1
0:10
+1:08:38.4
+7:55.2
75.4
13.3
49.
+1
90 Molinaro T. – Gulbæk Engan V.
Opel Adam R2
RC4 4:06:10.7
1:20
+1:08:39.0
+0.6
75.8
13.3
50.
+1
94 Ehlhardt Wolfgang – Michel H.
Opel Astra GTC CDTi
RC2 4:19:22.0
0:20
+1:21:50.3
+13:11.3
71.6
15.9
51.
+1
65 Folb Terry – Guieu Christopher
Ford Fiesta R2T
RC4 4:24:30.1
0:10
+1:26:58.4
+5:08.1
70.2
16.9
52.
+1
93 Wecker Josef – Clemens Stefan
Renault Clio RS R3T
RC3 4:26:31.0 +1:28:59.3
+2:00.9
69.6
17.3
53.
+1
96 Bächle Christian – Brack I.
Citroën DS3 R1
RC5 4:33:12.0
0:10
+1:35:40.3
+6:41.0
67.9
18.6
54.
+1
89 Williams Tom – Hall Phil
Ford Fiesta R2
RC4 4:59:15.6 +2:01:43.9
+26:03.6
62.0
23.6

(Source: https://www.ewrc-results.com/results/36020-adac-rallye-deutschland-2017/)