Trier (Germany) (AFP) - World champion Sebastien Ogier pulled out of the Rally of Germany on Saturday after writing off his Volkswagen in his second crash of the day.
The Frenchman, who also exited the road into a vineyard on Friday, crashed his car heavily into a roadside barrier shortly into Stage 8, which was then cancelled for safety reasons.
"We were in sixth gear on a long straight," Ogier said. "Then there was a slight corner to the right on a ridge.
"The jump was a little longer than we thought, the back took off when we touched down and I lost control of the car.
"Then we hit the roadside barrier and we landed in a ditch.
"The most important thing at the moment is that Julien (Ingrassia, the copilot) and me are both okay."
Ogier's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland was leading the rally, which ends Sunday.