This year’s Rallye Deutschland was won by Ott Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) who took command on Friday morning’s SS4 before going on to pop the champagne during Sunday afternoon’s podium celebrations. The Estonian pair took maximum advantage of the strength and grip of their tyres on the different types of surface thrown at them over the three days to spearhead an all-Toyota top-three after team-mates Kris Meeke/Sebastian Marshall and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila came home second and third. Like all the cars involved in the World Rally Championship’s premier class, the three Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT-run machines compete on Michelin rubber.
Germany was the 10th round of the 2019 WRC but only the third sealed-surface fixture since the start of the season. One of its specificities is the wide variety of road surfaces it takes in, ranging from asphalt to abrasive concrete, while the stages themselves are narrow and lined with sharp stones in many places. As ever, one of the rally’s highlights was the long Panzerplatte test (41.17km) which criss-crosses the Baumholder army ranges and which – true to tradition – produced plenty of drama on Saturday afternoon.
This year’s menu featured a total distance of 1,160.35 kilometres, which included 343.95km divided into 19 special stages, while the weather was hot and sunny throughout.