Updated: Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:12 | By Agence France-Presse

Latvala leads in Germany as Ogier takes wrong road

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala led the Rally of Germany on Friday after world champion and Volkswagen teammate Sebastien Ogier came off the road and then took a wrong turn as he tried to rejoin the race.

Latvala leads in Germany as Ogier takes wrong road

Finish driver Jari-Matti Latvala and his compatriot co-driver Mikka Anttila steer their Volkswagen Polo R WRC as they compete during the FIA World Rally Championship of Germany in Trier, western Germany on August 22, 2014 - by Patrik Stollarz

Ogier's car crashed during the day's sixth stage and slipped into a vineyard.

Although unhurt in the incident, the French driver then missed the road back into the stage and headed back to service.

He will be penalised 10 minutes on Saturday's restart, a sanction which will end his hopes of winning the race and extending his lead in the world championship.

Latvala leads Britain's Kris Meeke in a Citroen by 37 seconds while Spain's Dani Sordo, the 2013 winner in Germany, is third in his Hyundai, 42 seconds off the lead.

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