MAIDEN WRC VICTORY: Hyundai's Thierry Neuville celebrates after scoring his maiden World Rally championship win from the 2014 Rally of Germany. Image:AP / DPA / Thomas Frey.
TRIERS, Germany - Thierry Neuville was the surprise winner of the 2014 Rally of Germany on Sunday (August 24), clinching his maiden victory 40sec clear of fellow Hyundai driver Dani Sordo after favourites VW's Sebastien Ogier/Jari-Matti Latvala crashed.
Andreas Mikkelsen (VW) finished third, nearly a minute off first place.
Neuville dominated the final day of the three-day event with championship leader Ogier having pulled out after crashing on Saturday (August 23).
Latvala, who had taken the lead from Ogier going into the German WRC, then also crashed and left Neuville to race to victory.
He went off the road in a vineyard section about 14km after the start of the opening 18.03km stage on Sunday morning.
Ogier leadsthe Drivers' standings on 187 points with Latvala second on 143.
Result from the 2014 Rally of Germany
1 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 3hr07min20.2
2 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai +40.7
3 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) VW +58.0
4 Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford +1min03.6
5 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Ford +1min10.5
6 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen +1min22.7
7 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford +4min52.8
8 Dennis Kuipers (Netherlands) Ford +9min8.1
9 Pontus Tidemand (Sweden) Ford +11min35.4
10 Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford +11min37.2
Drivers' and Constructors points after the 2014 Rally of Germany
1 Sebastien Ogier (France) VW - 187
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) VW - 143
3 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen - 110
4 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen - 74
5 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai - 73
6 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) M-Sport - 73
7 Elfyn Evans (Britain) M-Sport - 57
8 Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen - 54
9 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Jipocar - 37
10 Henning Solberg (Norway) Henning Solberg - 26
11 Juho Haenninen (Finland) Hyundai - 20
12 Bryan Bouffier (France) M-Sport - 18
13 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai - 18
14 Robert Kubica (Poland) RK M-Sport - 12
15 Ott Taenak (Estonia) M-Sport - 11
1 Volkswagen Motorsport - 305
2 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 138
3 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team - 131
4 M-Sport World Rally Team - 128
5 Volkswagen Motorsport II - 109
6 Jipocar Czech National Team - 40
7 RK M-Sport World Rally Team - 21
8 Hyundai Motorsport N - 12
9 Slovakia World Rally Team - 0