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Rally Deutschland: Red Bull Skoda final summary

Red Bull Skoda is celebrating its best result for both Fabia WRCs in this year's world championship so far Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) prove to have nerves of steel on the final day and finish a very good sixth, points in both ...

Red Bull Skoda is celebrating its best result for both Fabia WRCs in this year's world championship so far

Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) prove to have nerves of steel on the final day and finish a very good sixth, points in both championships for the Red Bull youngster

Mattias Ekstrom/Jonas Andersson (SWE) were able to fetch manufacturers' points for the team in eleventh position overall with a strong finish

Total success for Sebastien Loeb (Citroen): He wins the event for a fifth consecutive year and draws level with Carlos Sainz at 26 WRC victories each

The OMV ADAC Rally Germany in Trier, which ended today in wet conditions, brought Red Bull Skoda the best result in this year's world championship so far. The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager und Armin Schwarz were appropriately happy: "First off we want to congratulate the entire team including the co-drivers, but especially Andreas, who has driven a great rally and who really came up to our expectations. Mattias has done a good job as well and has proven that he is an excellent rally driver in addition to having a successful career as an Audi DTM driver. The thorough testing in conjunction with several technical improvements contributed a lot to this success. That's why in the coming weeks we will be testing extensively in Austria again with Harri Rovanpera and Andreas Aigner for our next rally in Cyprus."

There was plenty of praise for Andreas Aigner, the 21 year old man from Styria, not only from within his own team - the Red Bull driver was lauded by his competitors and members of the international press as well for his sixth place finish. But he had to survive some anxious moments at the end: "I had been 19.3 seconds ahead of the pursuing Jan Kopecky (Skoda) prior to the final stage. Three corners before the end of the final SS I slid off the road, lost some time and was just able to finish 3.2 seconds ahead of the Czech. I can be more than happy with the result. Of the 19 stages in total I was able to post top ten times on 15 of them, this pleases me the most. I want to thank the team and especially Klaus. Now I just wish that we will be able to continue just as well in the remaining rallies in Cyprus, Turkey and Wales."

Mattias Ekstrom, who was hampered by various small defects, also gives a positive summary of the event: "I've learned a lot here. Rallying, especially in changing weather conditions such as these, is tremendous. Right now, the DTM with Audi is on top of my agenda, of course, but if another chance to drive a rally presents itself, I will take it again."

The grand victor in Germany was once again Sebastien Loeb. The French world champion won this event for the fifth time in a row and drew level with Spaniard Carlos Sainz at 26 wins each in the WRC's roll of honour. Second place went to Spain's Daniel Sordo (Citroen) with a strong showing, finishing ahead of Finland's Marcus Gronholm (Ford). Bad luck though for Mikko Hirvonen, the Finn had to retire due to a broken alternator after the final stage, receiving five minutes of penalty time and dropping back to ninth. OMV Peugeot Norway driver Manfred Stohl can be satisfied with his main sponsor's rally as well, the man from Vienna finishing in P5.

-credit: www.redbullskoda.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Mattias Ekström , Carlos Sainz , Harri Rovanpera , Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb , Manfred Stohl , Mikko Hirvonen , Jan Kopecky , Klaus Wicha , Andreas Aigner
Teams Citroën World Rally Team