Ogier crashes into vineyards, Latvala leads after Rally of Germany 1st day

The Associated Press
August 22, 2014 11:44 AM

Britain's Kris Meeke and his co-pilot Paul Nagle steer their Citroen DS3 through the vineyards above the river Mosel near Piesport during a special stage of the Rallye Deutschland that starts and ends in Trier, Germany, Friday, Aug.22, 2014.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

TRIER, Germany - World champion and series leader Sebastien Ogier crashed into the Mosel vineyards in the last of the opening six stages in the Rally of Germany on Friday, handing the lead to Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier also crashed on the opening day of last year's German rally. He will receive a 10-minute penalty, effectively ruining his hopes of winning here this year.

Latvala, winner of three rallies this season, opened a 37-second lead over Kris Meeke in a Citroen.

Last season's winner Dani Sordo in a Hyundai was 42.6 seconds behind in third.

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