Ogier heads for title in Oz
COFFS HARBOUR, Australia - Sebastien Ogier of France extended his Rally Australia lead on Saturday by winning the first three road stages and taking a 35sec advantage over Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, a three-times winner in Australia.
Ogier, who came into the rally with a 75-point lead and could clinch the World Rally championship if he wins it, has won 11 of 13 stages with one road and two special stages scheduled for later Saturday.
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Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke retired after he rolled his Citroen 20km into the afternoon Nambucca stage. Meeke, fourth overall going into the stage, and co-driver Chris Patterson were not injured.
The 354 rally will end on Sunday with the final six of 22 stages
Leading results from Day 3 of the four-day, 354km Rally Australia after 14 of 22 stages
1 Sebastien Ogier, France, VW 2hr12min09.2
2 Mikko Hirvonen, Finland, Citroen, 2hr12min51.4
3 Thierry Neuville, Belgium, Qatar World Rally, 2hr13min19.3
4 Jari-Matti Latvala, Finland, VW, 2hr13min54.2
5 Andreas Mikkelsen, Norway, VW Motorsport, 2hr14min15.7
6 Mads Ostberg, Norway, Qatar M-Sport, 2hr14min16.7
7 Evgeny Novikov, Russia, Qatar M-Sport, 2hr18min37.6
8 Nathan Quinn, Australia, Mini, 2hr21min13.1
9 Khalid Al-Qassimi, Citroen, 2hr22min18.0
10 Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Ford Fiesta, 2hr23min46.9