BAD END THROUGH A BEND: Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia at speed during the 2014 Rally of Germany. It all ended badly with a crash into a barrier. Image: AFP / Patrik Stollarz
TRIER, Germany - World Rally championship leader Sebastien Ogier crashed out of the 2014 Rally of Germany on Saturday (Aug 23).
He lost control of his car and smashed hard into a roadside barrier.
It was the second day of bad luck for the Frenchman in his VW Polo R: he lost the overall lead on Friday through a crash in a vineyard that cost him 10 minutes.
CHECKED IN HOSPITAL
Organisers said: "Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who started first on the road after crashing out of the lead, were not injured but both were taken to hospital for precautionary checks."
Team mate Jari-Matti Latvala is now leading the rally which will end on Sunday with Ogier holding a comfortable advantage in the overall championship.
Classification from the Rally of Germany on Saturday
1 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen 2hr19min00.7
2 Kris Meeke (Britain) Citroen +56.6sec
3 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai +1min00.9
4 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai +1min26.8
5 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen +1min37.0
6 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Ford +1min53.2
7 Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford +1min58.1
8 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen +1min59.3
9 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford +4min09.6
10 Robert Kubica (Poland) Ford +6min39.1