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Sebastien Ogier retakes the lead in the Drivers' World Championship
Posted by: newsla on Mar 10, 2014 - 06:44 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Sebastien Ogier retakes the lead in the Drivers' World Championship


Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia kept clear of trouble on the final day of Rally Mexico. Leaders since Friday afternoon, the reigning world champions won the rally by 1:12.6 from their closest rivals, their Volkswagen team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila.

 

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Already armed with a comfortable lead, Sébastien Ogier began the day by winning the León Super Special Stage. Then came the dreaded Guanajuatito stage, a genuine marathon at almost 56km in length. Relaxed but fully focussed as ever, the Frenchman set the second fastest time before finishing third on the following stage, Derramadero.

The leg concluded with a stage that the crews had already completed yesterday, El Brinco. Sébastien Ogier moved back ahead of his rivals to win his first Power Stage of the season. By recording his 250th stage win in the WRC, Seb took the three bonus points on offer, which ensured he moved back to the top of the drivers' world championship standings.

“Mexico really is a fantastic country for us! I like the rally, and it seems to like me. I picked up my first win as a junior here back in 2008 and took overall victory with Volkswagen last year – and now here I am, back on the top step of the podium. It is a fantastic feeling,” commented Seb.

“Our entire team did a sensational job all weekend, and the Polo R WRC was once again super reliable and super quick in extreme conditions,” he continued. “I was hungry for this win after my mistake in Sweden! That is why Julien and I refrained from taking any risks on the final day. We really wanted to get this win under our belts.”

“And it goes without saying that I also wanted to get my hands on the Power Stage points. Although we will now have to act as street sweepers for the opposition at the next round in Portugal, the World Championship points are more important than anything else.”

Rally de Portugal, the next round of the championship, is due to take place on 3-6 April.

Rally Mexico final standings:
1. Sébastien OGIER 4:27’41.8
2. Jari-Matti Latvala +1’12.6
3. Thierry Neuville +5’28.6
4. Elfyn Evans +6’49.3
5. Martin Prokop +9’54.4

Best performers: OGIER (14 best times), Østberg (5), Latvala (2) & Meeke (1)

World championship:
1. Sébastien OGIER: 63 points
2. Jari-Matti Latvala: 60 points
3. Mads Østberg: 32 points


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