Ogier closes out dominant WRC season

Nine wins in 2013 for Ogier

Nine wins in 2013 for Ogier

Sebastien Ogier has closed-out a dominant debut WRC season with Volkswagen taking victory on the final round of the championship, Wales Rally GB.

It was the ninth win of the year for the Frenchman who underlined his world championship and manufacturers’ title aboard the Polo R.

Ogier took the lead in Wales on Thursday’s opening stage and controlled his pace perfectly, fending off a sustained attack from two-time GB winner and his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala on the slippery forest roads of mid and north-Wales.

A solid run for Taylor in the tricky conditions

A solid run for Taylor in the tricky conditions

“I’m so happy, and big thanks to the team once again – the car was perfect,” said Ogier.

“I came here knowing this rally was not the best for me in the past, and even with that we managed to win a battle with a team-mate who feels at home here. It was another great victory for us and the end of a perfect season. It’s going to be a hard challenge to do better next year…”

Latvala finished as runner up, 21.8sec behind Ogier in Volkswagen’s second Polo R. The Finn had an inconsistent rally that featured stage winning highs as well as frustrating lows when he couldn’t find a confident feeling at the wheel.

Belgium’s Thierry Neuville was third, 1m 02.7s further back, to round off a remarkable season with the Qatar World Rally Team and, more importantly, secure second spot in the WRC drivers’ championship.

Australia’s Molly Taylor enjoyed a solid run throughout the WRC event to finish 20th overall.

FINAL POSITIONS: Wales Rally GB

Position Driver Team/Car Time
1 Sebastien Ogier VW 3:03:36.7
2 Jari-Matti Latvala VW +0:21.8
3 Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +1:24.5
4 Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +1:48.2
5 Andreas Mikkelsen VW +2:03.4
6 Martin Prokop Czech Ford +7:37.5
7 Dani Sordo Citroen +8:27.9
8 Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +11:13.1*
9 Jari Ketomaa Autotek Ford +12:16.2*
10 Mark Higgins Symtech Ford +13:21.0*

* WRC2

 

Drivers’ Championship Standings 

Pos Driver Points
1. S. OGIER 290
2. T. NEUVILLE 176
3. J. LATVALA 162
4. M. HIRVONEN 126
5. D. SORDO 123
6. M. OSTBERG 102
7. E. NOVIKOV 69
8. S. LOEB 68
9. M. PROKOP 63
10. A. MIKKELSEN 50
11. N. AL-ATTIYAH 30
12. E. EVANS 20
13. R. KUBICA 18
14. B. BOUFFIER 10
15. J. HANNINEN 8
16. C. ATKINSON 8
17. H. PADDON 8
18. J. KETOMAA 8
19. M. KOSCIUSZKO 7
20. K. BLOCK 6
21. K. AL QASSIMI 5
22. S. WIEGAND 4
23. P. ANDERSSON 4
24. H. SOLBERG 4
25. B. GUERRA 4
26. N. QUINN 4
27. O. BURRI 2
28. A. AL-KUWARI 2
29. Y. AL RAJHI 1
30. E. LAPPI 1
31. R. DUMAS 1
32. M. HIGGINS 1

 

Manufacturers’ Championship Standings  

Pos Team Points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 425
2. Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 280
3. Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team 190
4. Qatar World Rally Team 184
5. Jipocar Czech National Team 65
6. Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team 63
7. Volkswagen Motorsport 2 50
8. Lotos WRC Team 20

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