VICTORY: Sebastian Ogier and navigator Julian Ingrassia celebrate after winning the Australian Rally in Coffs Harbour.
VICTORY: Sebastian Ogier and navigator Julian Ingrassia celebrate after winning the Australian Rally in Coffs Harbour. Robin Wright

Ogier claims Australian rally in dramatic finish

AFTER a dramatic day at the end of the Australian Rally Championships, it was current WRC leader Sebastian Ogier who finished on top.

The Frenchman sped through the turns in the forests around Bucca to post unbeatable times, leaving the rest of the opposition in his wake. 

However, his closest rival in the championship Thierry Neuville came second which means that Ogier's title celebrations will have to wait till France on October 3-6. 

Ogier won 19 of the 22 stages to win in 1min 32.1sec, but Neuville claimed an extra two points for taking out second place in the final power stage, which resulted in the prolonging of the title. 

"The team told me at the finish line that I had missed the title by one point because Mikko had a problem. I tried my best, Ogier said.

"The most important thing is that we did another perfect rally and we thought it was OK for the title, but it can't be written down yet.

"When you do a perfect job like that you expect to get it, but it's going to happen soon, he said. 


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