German police force WRC3 champion Korhonen out of CER

Roope Korhonen had to retire from 10th in WRC2 after German police found issue with his Škoda's license plate

Korhonen Roope

WRC3 champion Roope Korhonen will take no further part in this week’s Central European Rally after German police imposed a ban on his car being used on the tri-nation event.

The Finn was reportedly stopped at the border crossing from Czech Republic to Germany on Thursday night after the police questioned the documentation of his Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo.

The 25-year-old, who was running 10th overall in WRC2, explained the situation on social media.

“Unfortunately, our journey ended after two special stages at the German border for reasons completely out of our control,” he said.

“We were on good pace, the fastest Finn in WRC2 class.

“According to the German police, the validity of the registration plates issued for the racing car ended when the competitor pair crossed the German border on their way to Prague, Czech Republic.

“Upon returning to the service park after completing two special stages, the police imposed a driving ban on the racing car and continuing in the competition is not possible.”

Christian Windischberger (Citroën), Eamonn Boland (Citroën) and Matteo Gamba (Škoda) were all stopped, and forced out of the rally, for similar reasons.