Se­bastien Ogier con­cedes to play­ing the long game as Jari-matti Lat­vala runs first on the road in Mex­ico

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Se­bastien Ogier’s tac­ti­cal ap­proach to the Rally Swe­den pow­er­stage means he loses the lead in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship for the first time in three years.

The French­man ad­mit­ted af­ter Sun­day’s fi­nal stage in Swe­den that he had throt­tled back in the hope that Toy­ota-driv­ing Finn Jari-matti Lat­vala would top the table ahead of next month’s trip across the At­lantic.

As cham­pi­onship leader, Lat­vala will face the ar­du­ous task of run­ning first on the road on the Leon-based rally.

Talk­ing about his pow­er­stage tac­tics Ogier said: “I had a lit­tle doubt he might pull back [in pace] and let me open the road again in Mex­ico, so I was quite happy to see him go fast!

“The tar­get was: ‘OK, I need to be in the points, I need to take three or four points be­cause I was sure Jari-matti Lat­vala would be in the top five.’ I’m happy with my four points.

“Jari-matti took ev­ery­thing and he leads the cham­pi­onship by four points, but I have some­body mak­ing the line ahead of me in Mex­ico.”

Ogier is off the top for first time in years

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