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Ogier roars back to win in Spain

2013-10-28 07:09

ON THE WAY TO A WIN: World champion Sebastien Ogier produced a scintillating final drive to win the 2013 Rally of Spain - and the 2013 Manufacturers' title to add to his Drivers' championship. Image: AFP

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A motorsport fanatic’s delight – breathtaking rally action filmed in slow-motion! Watch a 2013 World Rally championship wrap (rounds 1 – 10) of driver Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia in their Volkswagen Polo R WRC.

Iain Rogers

World champion Sebastien Ogier produced a scintillating final drive to win the 2013 Rally of Spain - and the 2013 Manufacturers' title to add to his own Drivers' championship.

MADRID, Spain - World champion Sebastien Ogier produced a scintillating final drive to win the Rally of Spain on Sunday, the Frenchman's eighth victory of the season also securing the Manufacturers' title for VW.

Ogier, who won his first WRC on home soil earlier in October, overturned a 45sec overnight deficit to beat team mate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland into second with Citroen's driver and Latvala compatriot Mikko Hirvonen third.

BOLD RED SHD

Spaniard Dani Sordo's hopes of victory in front of his home fans were dashed on the penultimate stage when his Citroen's suspension broke.

"It was a fantastic day," Ogier, 29, said on the World Rally championship website. "We pushed really hard. We didn't know if it would be possible because we knew dust would be a problem but we took risks during the morning.

"We were fast and I trusted my pace notes 100%."

The final round of the 2013 season will start on November 14 in Wales.

Result from the Rally of Spain on Sunday
1 Sebastien Ogier (France) VW 3hr33min21.2
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) VW +0min32.9
3 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Citroen +1min13.7
4 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Ford +1min33.9
5 Evgeny Novikov (Russia) Ford +2min01.0
6 Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford +2min26.0
7 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford +4min55.8
8 Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Ford +6min55.7
9 Robert Kubica (Poland) Citroen +11min14.1
10 Abdulaziz al Kuwari (Qatar) Ford +13min26.8

Drivers’ and Constructor’ standings after the Rally of Spain on Sunday
Drivers

1 Sebastien Ogier (France) - 265
2 Thierry Neuville (Belgium) - 158
3 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) - 144
4 Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) - 126
5 Daniel Sordo (Spain) - 117
6 Mads Ostberg (Norway) - 89
7 Sebastien Loeb (France) - 68
8 Evgeny Novikov (Russia) - 67
9 Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) - 55
10 Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) – 40

Constructors
1 Volkswagen - 382
2 Citroen - 274
3 Qatar M-Sport - 174
4 Qatar World Rally Team - 169
5 Abu Dhabi Citroen - 63
6 Jipocar Czech - 57
7 Volkswagen Motorsport II - 40
8 Lotos WRC Team - 20

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