Dominant Ogier wins Italy rally
VW DOES IT AGAIN: VW's Sebastian Ogier (right) and and co-driver Julien Ingrassia on the podium as winners of the 2013 Rally of Italy on the island of Sardinia. Image: AFP
Author: ALAN BALDWIN
OLBIA, Sardinia - Sebastian Ogier won the Rally of Italy for Volkswagen on Saturday to increase his overall World championship lead to a commanding 64 points.
The Frenchman's fourth victory of the season left him with 154 points after seven of the season's 13 rounds while Finnish team mate Jari-Matti Latvala has 90.
Ogier led from start to finish over the two days in Sardinia to win with a margin of 1min16.8 from Belgian Ford driver Thierry Neuville, a career-best second despite a close encounter with a cow on the final stage.
The Frenchman also took three bonus points by winning the power stage.
Latvala, who lost some two minutes with a puncture on Friday, was third.
"We managed the rally perfectly all the time," Ogier told the official wrc.com website. "We pushed when we needed to and were more careful when it was rough and more dangerous for the tyres.
"In the end it was a perfect win."
Finland's Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen) went into a ditch on Stage 10 and failed to score. His Spanish team mate Dani Sordo was fourth.
Poland's Robert Kubica, a former Formula 1 driver, was quickest in the WRC2 category for the second rally in succession with a strong ninth.
Drivers' and Constructors' standings after the 2013 Rally of Italy
1 Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen Motorsport - 154
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen Motorsport - 90
3 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Qatar World Rally - 70
4 Sebastien Loeb (France) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 68
5 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team - 61
6 Daniel Sordo (Spain) Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team - 59
7 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team - 50
8 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Jipocar Czech National Team - 37
9 Evgeny Novikov (Russia) Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team - 31
10 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) Qatar World Rally Team - 30
1 Volkswagen Motorsport - 220
2 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team -
3 Qatar World Rally Team - 89
4 Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team - 89
5 Jipocar Czech National - 39
6 Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team - 33
7 Volkswagen Motorsport II - 26
8 Lotos WRC Team - 20