Sebastien Ogier heads Rally Australia

Sebastien Ogier

Citroen has scooped the opening twin Castrol EDGE Super Special Stages at Rally Australia with Sebastien Ogier holding a narrow lead over defending seven-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb.

Ogier won the opening 3.77km Coffs Castrol EDGE backed Super Special tarmac stage in damp conditions in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Loeb won the repeat run by just a tenth of-a-second to trail his younger DS3 teammate by 0.6secs heading into the first full day of running.

“A good start but everybody knows the real start is tomorrow,” said Ogier.

“But it was fun. Quite slippy not easy to find the right rhythm. The car was very good so I’m happy.”

The factory Ford Fiesta duo of Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen are third and fourth and very much in contention heading into a full day of running on gravel stages that are sure to suit the flying Finns.

The best of the Australians is local Nathan Quinn in 14th place overall.

The first stage on Friday is the 29.1km Shipmans 1 starting just after 10am.

The weather is expected to be wet.

Rally Australia leader board after Stage 2

Pos

Driver

Car

Model

Time

1

Sebastien Ogier

Citroen

DS3 WRC

5:27.3

2

Sebastien Loeb

Citroen

DS3 WRC

+0:00.6

3

Jari-Matti Latvala

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:02.8

4

Mikko Hirvonen

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:05.9

5

Petter Solberg

Citroen

DS3 WRC

+0:07.0

6

Henning Solberg

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:09.8

7

Evgeny Novikov

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:11.3

8

Peter Van Merksteijn

Citroen

DS3 WRC

+0:11.9

9

Matthew Wilson

Ford

Fiesta WRC

+0:12.6

10

Daniel Oliveira

Mini

Countryman WRC

+0:18.7

 

See below for the Rally Australia Race Guide

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