Ogier dominates Australian WRC
DOMINATING IN OZ: Sebastien Ogier took a commanding lead in the Austrialian leg of the World Rally championship by winning all six road stages. Image: AP
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia - World Rally championship leader Sebastien Ogier won all six road stages in the Australian Rally and appears to be in a strong position to clinch the series title.
Ogier, who also won a special stage on September 12 and another on Friday, September 13, had an elapsed time of more than 58 minutes, after 10 of 22 stages. Mikko Hirvonen was 20 seconds behind, followed by Thierry Neuville, 38.1 seconds behind Ogier in third.
OGIER'S 'PERFECT DAY'
Ogier said: "We can say that the day was perfect."
The 354km route will end on Sunday, September 15. There are six stages scheduled on September 14 and 15, including two 50km stages on Saturday.
Ogier, who drives a VW Motorsport entry, came into the rally with a 75-point championship lead over Neuville. There are three events remaining after Australia in 2013.
Mads Ostberg, in sixth overall, said he stuck a rock so hard that the driver's door of his Ford Fiesta flew open during the eighth stage.
Ostberg said: "We almost went off the road into the trees. It's a good job I hit it sideways because if I had hit it with the front of the car, then that would have been it."
Results after after 10 of 22 stages on Day 2 of the Australia WRC:
1 Sebastien Ogier, France, Volkswagen 58min46.6
2 Mikko Hirvonen, Finland, Citroen 59min06.6.
3 Thierry Neuville, Belgium, Qatar World Rally 59min24.7
4 Kris Meeke, Northern Ireland, Citroen 59min25.2
5 Jari-Matti Latvala, Finland, Volkswagen 59min44.8
6 Mads Ostberg, Norway, Qatar M-Sport 59min48.3
7 Andreas Mikkelsen, Norway, Volkswagen 59min50.4
8 Evgeny Novikov, Russia, Qatar M-Sport 59min55.8
9 Nathan Quinn, Australia, Mini 1hr02min49.2
10 Khalid Al-Qassimi, United Arab Emirates, Citroen 1hr03min28.0