WRC Rally Germany 2017 Betting Tips and Odds

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Updated Friday 22nd September 2017, 03:56 PM

The tenth round of the 2017 WRC season will take place in Germany from 17th – 20th August 2017, with the Servicepark moving from Trier to Bostalsee as drivers take on 21 competitive stages across 311.22km. A dramatic Rally Finland saw Thierry Neuville move into first place in the Drivers’ Championship after gaining 11 points to match Ogier’s 160, however the Hyundai driver takes top spot due to winning three rallies this season compared to Ogier’s two.

With just four events left to run in the 2017 calendar, all eyes will be on Hyundai and M-Sport as the rally heads to the asphalt stages in Germany. The two drivers in the fight for the title will need to be on top form throughout, as any mistakes at this point in the season could prove to be costly and risk their chances of keeping up with the pace.

As well as the move to Bostalsee, there are a number of other changes to the Rally Germany itinerary this year, including the new Wadern-Weiskirchen Super Special stage, which will be run three times on Friday. The starting ceremony for the event will take place in Saarbrücken, around the State Theatre, before heading straight into SS1 at 19:10.

Drivers will then tackle a further 20 stages, starting with seven stages on Saturday including two runs through the famous Mittelmosel vineyards that surround the Mosel river.

How the Bookies See it

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Drivers' Championship
Thierry Neuville
4/5
Sebastien Ogier
Evens
Jari-Matti Latvala
50/1
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Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Sebastien Ogier
9/4
Thierry Neuville
9/4
Dani Sordo
7/1
Kris Meeke
7/1
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Form

Thierry Neuville sits atop the Drivers’ Championship, even though Hyundai struggled in Finland, last time out. However, the Belgian managed to guide his i20 Coupe WRC to sixth place behind Craig Breen. Combined with extra Power Stage points for finishing in third place on SS25, Neuville bagged a big enough score to nudge him up to top spot in the Championship and secure first in the running order for Germany. This could provide an advantage for Neuville if weather conditions give him the chance to drag dirt onto the roads by cutting corners. This would be a risky strategy, though, and could jeopardise his current position.

Sebastien Ogier was the champion here in 2015 & 2016 in the VW Polo R WRC, and will be fighting to make it a third consecutive victory this year. After a promising start in Finland, the defending World Champion suffered engine issues during SS3, resulting in slower than expected times. A push during SS4 to make up for lost time resulted in broken rear dampers on the landing of one of Finland’s many iconic jumps, which later resulted in a sideways crash into a tree. The incident meant the crew would not restart under Rally2 for the rest of the event. Looking forward to Rally Germany, Ogier said “Our position there will not be as disadvantageous as it has been these last few weeks and the Fiesta has behaved very well on this surface since the start of the year.”

Andreas Mikkelsen will return to drive for Citroen, replacing Stephane Lefebvre for the event. The Norwegian has already driven for the French team this year in a bid to help them improve the car’s performance after a season that has so far failed to live up to expectations. Mikkelsen has a strong record at this event, having finished third in 2014 and 2015, something that, combined with experience and testing in the C3 WRC, could provide for a promising event. With no confirmed drive for 2018 yet, the former VW driver will be looking to set a strong time while also bringing back valuable information for the team. Citroen have now set their sights on improving the car for 2018 and welcome back Sebastien Loeb who will test the car before Rally Germany.

Previous WRC Rally Germany Podiums:

2016:

  • 1 – Sebastien Ogier
  • 2 – Dani Sordo
  • 3 – Thierry Neuville

2015:

  • 1 – Sebastien Ogier
  • 2 – Jari-Matti Latvala
  • 3 – Andreas Mikkelsen

2014:

  • 1 – Thierry Neuville
  • 2 – Dani Sordo
  • 3 – Andreas Mikkelsen

Sports.net’s View

While all eyes are going to be on the fight for the top spot between Neuville and Ogier, drivers such as Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala shouldn’t be overlooked. The two drivers make up third and fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship, at 119 and 114 points respectively. A first place finish for either driver will give them a huge boost towards the top spot. Shakedown starts on Thursday 17th August and will give a glimpse into the speed of the cars on the German stages.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Thierry Neuville
9/4
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2017 03:56:28+00:00
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