Meeke, so close
Kris Meeke lead ADAC Rally Deutschland three stages from arrival when he ran off, trapped by the demanding asphalt on Rhine-Palatinate and Saarland. The Citroen driver doing so handed victory to Thierry Neuville.
A Sunday that the rallying can gift to motorsport world, this is how the 9th of the 13 rounds of 2014 ended in Trier. Trailing by one minute on Sunday morning, ahead of the last four special stages (74.6
km) from 18, Neuville first took advantage of leader Jari-Matti Latvala uncontrolled visit in the Moselle vineyards in the times sector.
Meeke found himself on top with a reasonable lead. Alas, the Ulsterman was off no later than the first corner to the following stage.
Neuville learnt the two lessons and managed to edge team-mate Dani Sordo, his Hyundai team mate and Germany holder with Citroen. Andreas Mikkelsen parked his Volkswagen on the third step of the podium.
Championship leader Sébastien Ogier was off since Friday, crashing from the lead.
5 – The number of points missing on Sunday night to Volkswagen to be crowned at home.
12 – Citroën let the title go in Germany after retaining it for 11 years.
“I had a pace note that was a little bit too optimistic at the start of the stage. We hit something with the front wheel. I felt a big vibration and we went off on the next corner and crashed into a wall.
I’m really disappointed for everyone in the team, who have been working so hard to get results. But we showed that we were on the pace.” Meeke explains how things panned for him.
Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul enjoyed an amazing Sunday all the more than on Thursday night, at shakedown, Belgian team rolled six times. It took all night of work to Hyundai mechanics to rebuild the car. It paid off.
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