Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Italia Sardegna

Ogier makes it four wins this season

Ogier makes it four wins this season

Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia have won the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship – Rally Italia Sardegna.

The win marks the fourth for the French pair in 2013 as they continue their stranglehold on the world championship standings.

“It feels fantastic to be back on top of the podium again!” Ogier exclaimed.

“I was really beginning to miss that feeling after the last two rallies.

“I’m simply delighted – the team did a fantastic job and the Polo ran like a dream all weekend. We now have a very comfortable lead in the Drivers’ Championship rankings.

Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul secured second place for the Qatar M-Sport team – theirs and the team’s best ever result in the FIA World Rally Championship.

The result also marks Neuville’s third podium of the year.

“This was a great event for us,” said Neuville.

“We have shown some good pace and been consistent all weekend with no big mistakes – a clean run and a very good result for Nicolas [Gilsoul, co-driver] and me. “

Jari-Matti Latvala charged through Saturday’s stages to secure the final podium birth after losing precious time early in the rally with a puncture on the opening test.

Citroen’s Dani Sordo finished the event fourth after his teammate Mikko Hirvonen left the road on SS10, beaching his DS3 out of the event, running second overall at the time.

Czech driver Martin Prokop took fifth after a consistent weekend in his Fiesta RS.

On debut in World Rally Car machinery, Welshman Elfyn Evans claimed an impressive sixth overall in his M-Sport run Fiesta RS.

Former F1 star Robert Kubica continues to prove his hand as a rally drive after taking another dominant win in the WRC 2 class.

VIDEO: Stages 7-12

VIDEO: Stages 13-16

Rally Italia Sardegna – Final Standings

Pos Driver Car Stages Diff
1 Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen 16 3h 22:57.9
2 Thierry Neuville Ford 16 1:16.8
3 Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen 16 1:48.0
4 Daniel Sordo Citroen 16 3:19.2
5 Martin Prokop Ford 16 8:34.1
6 Elfyn Evans Ford 16 11:51.8
7 Michal Kosciuszko Ford 16 11:52.7
8 Mads Østberg Ford 16 13:21.5
9 Robert Kubica Citroen 16 16:47.6
10 Khalid Al-Qassimi Citroen 16 17:19.9

2013 Drivers’ Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Sébastien Ogier 154
2 Jari-Matti Latvala 90
3 Thierry Neuville 70
4 Sébastien Loeb 68
5 Mikko Hirvonen 61
6 Daniel Sordo 59
7 Mads Østberg 50
8 Martin Prokop 37
9 Evgeny Novikov 31
10 Nasser Al-Attiyah 30
11 Andreas Mikkelsen 25
12 Bryan Bouffier 10
13 Elfyn Evans 8
14 Juho Hänninen 8
14 Chris Atkinson 8

2013 Manufacturers’ Standings

Pos Team Points
1 Volkswagen Motorsport 220
2 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 174
3 Qatar World Rally Team 89
4 Qatar M-Sport WRT 89
5 Jipocar Czech National Team 39
6 Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT 33
7 Volkswagen Motorsport II 26
8 Lotos Rally Team 20

 

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