The French driver steered his Volkswagen Polo R through the final 29-kilometer (18-mile) stage to win his sixth event of the season by 1 minute, 32 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville of Belgium, who took second place overall on the final stage after Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen had a tire puncture.Mikko Hirvonen, Rally Australia, Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship, WRC
Sebastien Ogier of France extended his Rally Australia lead by winning all six stages Saturday and taking a 46-second advantage over second-place Mikko Hirvonen of Finland, a former three-time champion in Australia.
Ogier, who came into the event with a 75-point lead and could clinch the World Rally Championship with a victory here, has won 14 of 16 stages so far in his Volkswagen Motorsport.
“We’ve extended the lead and it looks really good, but there is another long day tomorrow,” said Ogier, adding that it was difficult to ignore the possibility of securing his first world title. “I have it a little bit in my mind.”Rally Australia, Sebastien Ogier, World Rally Championship, WRC