Ogier leads Rally of Spain, closes in on title

SALOU, Spain (AP) Sebastian Ogier inched closer to his second straight rally world title, staying ahead of teammate and nearest chaser Jari-Matti Latvala to maintain his lead of the Rally of Spain on Saturday.

The Frenchman saw Latvala chip his lead down to 27 seconds as both steered their Volkswagen Polos through the six asphalt stages. Ogier will defend his crown if he stays in front through Sunday’s final four stages.

Mikko Hirvonen was third in a Ford Fiesta at 1 minute, 18 seconds off Ogier’s lead.

Ogier said ”the plan was to control (Latvala) from the front. He was flying, but my plan was to have a 20-second lead tonight and we have more than that so it’s good.”