Ogier dominates 2nd day to extend Rally of Germany lead
TRIER, Germany (AP) Sebastien Ogier extended his lead on the second day of the Rally of Germany on Saturday, capitalizing on his mastery of military training roads to leave Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala 33.8 seconds behind.
Ogier, the two-time defending world champion, began the day 9.5 seconds ahead of his Finnish teammate but he won the first 45.61-kilometer Panzerplatte stage on tracks normally used for tank training, as well as the two sprints beforehand, to go 18.5 seconds clear.
The Frenchman finished the second long Panzerplatte stage 15.3 seconds ahead of Latvala and claimed nine of the day's stages to his teammate's three.
''It was a perfect day,'' Ogier said. ''We made most of the difference in Panzerplatte and that was the key to the rally. We had the right set-up and tire management.''
With four stages remaining Sunday, Ogier - who has five victories this season - is aiming for his second Rally of Germany victory after winning in Trier in 2011.
Another Volkswagen driver, Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway, was 1 minute, 47.5 seconds behind in third.
Dani Sordo of Spain, the 2013 winner, was nearly half a minute behind Mikkelsen, ahead of Hyundai teammate and 2014 winner Thierry Neuville of Belgium in fifth.