Double disaster for Citroen as Ogier crashes
Sebastien Ogier has joined Citroen Racing team-mate Sebastien Loeb in crashing out of the lead of Rally Australia on the opening day.
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The 27-year-old Frenchman slid off the road at the 22.6km point of Stage 6 – making contact with a tree. While Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are both unhurt, the duo could travel further than one kilometre after the impact due to the extent of the damage to the front of the DS3.
Heavy mid-morning rain has led to extremely slippery conditions for the drivers, with new rally leader Mikko Hirvonen enduring his own off-road excurison during Stage 6 before describing the roads as “like ice.”
Hirvonen now heads team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 5.4s after his fellow Finn won Stages 5 and 6.
Petter Solberg sits a further 28.4s back in third, while Evgeny Novikov and Henning Solberg round out the top five.
Ford drivers Matthew Wilson and Khalid Al Qassimi are sixth and seventh respectively, while New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon is the top Production Car runner in eighth.
Two forest stages remain this afternoon before the field heads to the Coffs Harbour waterfront for a further two timed runs on the Castrol EDGE Super Special Stage.
See below for the Rally Australia Race Guide