Ogier took the overall lead by winning the three morning stages before containing his rivals in the three afternoon stages. The Frenchman clinched the world title on Thursday when Thierry Neuville of Belgium failed to win the power stage.Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship, WRC
Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland made the best of changing conditions to lead the Rally France on Saturday, but Dani Sordo of Spain and Frenchmen Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier are still in contention.
Latvala leads Sordo by 0.4 seconds, new world champion Ogier by 1.5 seconds and Loeb by 5 seconds. Thierry Neuville of Belgium held the top spot in the morning but punctured his left rear tire to slip to fifth place, 1:10 behind Latvala.Dani Sordo, Jari-Matti Latvala, Rally France, Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, World Rally Championship, WRC
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