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Dominant Ogier wins Italy rally

2013-06-23 00:40

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.

BONUS POINTS

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."

KUBICA QUICKEST

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
Drivers

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

Constructors
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

Reuters

Comments
  • Vickers Vermeulen - 2013-06-23 11:39

    Time to put in an order for a bigger trophy cabinet. When last did a team win the premium WRC championship in its rookie year? Unless something goes horribly wrong VW will be doing just that this year.

  • Dean Williams - 2013-06-24 13:49

    If I'm not wrong, this Sebastian was in a way the protege of the G.O.A.T. Sebastian as he started out with Citroen as a J-WRC driver before going up to WRC. I think Citroen are kicking themselves in the head for letting him go, but I guess he just couldn't wait for Loeb to leave Citroen so that's why he moved to VW where he could be the #1 driver. Amazing these French WRC drivers called Sebastian. If Citroen want to start winning again, they going to have to get some proper drivers next year. Sordo and Hirvonen are hopeless

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