World champ Ogier wins the Wales Rally

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORSPORT -

WORLD cham­pion Sébastien Ogier led from start to fin­ish to win the sea­son-end­ing Wales Rally GB for Volk­swa­gen on the week­end.

The French­man fin­ished 37.6 seconds ahead of the Ford Fi­esta driven by Fin­land’s Mikko Hir­vo­nen.

It was Ogier’s eighth win in 13 races this year and his task was made eas­ier after both his Volk­swa­gen team-mates, An­dreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Lat­vala, crashed out. It was VW’s 12th vic­tory from 13 ral­lies and set a new record for the num­ber of wins in a sin­gle WRC sea­son.

Hir­vo­nen, com­pet­ing in his last rally be­fore re­tire­ment, was 26 seconds clear of third-placed Nor­we­gian Mads Ost­berg in a Citroën. Ogier and Volk­swa­gen had al­ready won both the driv­ers’ and man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tles at the pre­vi­ous round.

- Mo­tor­sport Cor­re­spon­dent

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