'Terrible' Tanak leads in Germany

Action man: Ott Tanak

Estonia's Ott Tanak claimed victory on the Rally of Germany's opening super-special stage on Thursday and then blasted the conditions as "terrible".

Tanak, who won last time out on the Rally of Finland, took his Toyota to a 0.4sec lead over Dani Sordo in a Hyundai and 0.5sec ahead of Skoda's Jan Kopecky as the championship moved back to asphalt after four races on gravel.

"It was terrible, never had that bad a SSS," tweeted Tanak.

"It's tight for these cars and there's so much understeer. I guess it must be the same for everybody because it really is terrible."

Tanak is third overall in the world championship after eight rounds.

Rally of Germany standings after opening super-special stage:

1. Ott Tanak-Martin Järveoja (EST/Toyota Yaris) 2:11.2, 2. Dani Sordo-Carlos del Barrio (ESP/Hyundai i20) at 0.4, 3. Jan Kopecky-Pavel Dressler (CZE/Skoda Fabia) 0.6, 4. Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (FRA/Ford Fiesta) 0.9, 5. Andreas Mikkelsen-Anders Jaeger(NOR/Hyundai i20) 1 sec, 6. Craig Breen-Scott Martin (IRL-GBR/Citroën C3) 1.1, 7. Esapekka Lappi-Janne Ferm (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 1.5, 8. Thierry Neuville-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL/Hyundai i20) 2.0, 9. Stéphane Lefebvre-Gabin Moreau (FRA/Citroën C3) 2.2, 10. Jari-Matti Latvala-Miikka Anttila (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 2.6