Ogier wins WRC title with Spanish victory

Ogier  and Julien Ingrassia celebrate

Ogier and Julien Ingrassia celebrate

Sebastien Ogier has won his second-straight World Rally Championship title in style by finishing first at the Rally de Espana.

He took victory by 11.3sec over Volkswagen team-mate and the only man still in contention to win the title, Jari-Matti Latvala The Frenchman becomes the eighth driver to lift the title more than once and all with one round remaining.

Ogier built a comfortable lead on the first full day of the mixed-surface event. Latvala, who was disappointed with his speed on that gravel leg, attacked hard during the final two days on asphalt but Ogier had his measure.

“It’s a great achievement to win one title but even better to take a second,” said Ogier.

“It’s a confirmation and proves the first title was not a one-off.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend, but it was tough. I pushed so hard on leg one and it was a long two days on Tarmac where I had to watch Jari-Matti flying. I had to be clever and keep watching him all the time,”

Ogier’s victory was the 23rd of his career and Volkswagen’s 11th of the season, equalling the record set by Citroen in 2005 and 2008.

Mikko Hirvonen’s third place in a Ford Fiesta RS was his second podium of the year, the Finn too strong for Mads Ostberg and Andreas Mikkelsen on asphalt. He finished 1min 42.2sec behind Ogier and 31.1sec ahead of Ostberg, a Saturday afternoon puncture ending Mikkelsen’s hopes.

Dani Sordo closed on Ostberg throughout the final leg in his Hyundai i20 but the Spaniard fell 8.9sec short in fifth.

Mikkelsen passed Thierry Neuville for sixth in the penultimate stage. However, he incurred a 10sec penalty after a timing error at the start of the final test and dropped behind again.

Martin Prokop, Hayden Paddon and Nasser Al-Attiyah completed the leaderboard, Al-Attiyah inheriting 10th when Ken Block punctured a front left tyre in the final stage.

The final round, Wales Rally GB, is based at Deeside on 13 – 16 November.

VIDEO: Final Leg highlights

 

FINAL POSITIONS: Rally de Espana 

Pos Driver             Car          Time/Gap
1  Sebastien Ogier  Volkswagen 3:46:44.6
2  Jari-Matti Latvala  Volkswagen +0:11.3
3  Mikko Hirvonen  M-Sport Ford +1:42.2
4  Mads Ostberg  Citroen +2:13.3
5  Dani Sordo  Hyundai +2:22.2
6  Thierry Neuville  Hyundai +4:01.0
7  Andreas Mikkelsen  Volkswagen +4:02.9
8  Martin Prokop  Czech Ford +8:06.8
9  Hayden Paddon  Hyundai +9:12.4
10  Nasser Al-Attiyah  M-Sport Ford +12:39.8*

* WRC2 entry


2014 FIA DRIVERS´ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Total
1. Sebastien Ogier 242
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 211
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 150
4. Mikko Hirvonen 108
5. Mads Ostberg 92
6. Thierry Neuville 91
7. Kris Meeke 84
8. Elfyn Evans 71
9. Martin Prokop 42
10. Dani Sordo 40
11. Henning Solberg 26
12. Bryan Bouffier 20
13. Juho Hanninen 20
14. Hayden Paddon 18
15. Robert Kubica 14
16. Ott Tanak 11
17. Benito Guerra Latapi 8
18. Chris Atkinson 7
19. Pontus Tidemand 6
20. Dennis Kuipers 4
21. Jaroslav Melicharek 4
22. Nasser Al-Attiyah 4
23. Lorenzo Bertelli 2
24. Matteo Gamba 2
25. Craig Breen 2
26. Yuriy Protasov 2
27. Jari Ketomaa 1
28. Karl Kruuda 1
29. Khalid Al Qassimi 1

 

2014 FIA TEAMS STANDINGS

Pos Teams Total
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 416
2. Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT 187
3. M-Sport World Rally Team 180
4. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team 175
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 133
6. Jipocar Czech National Team 45
7. Hyundai Motorsport N 26
8. RK M-Sport World Rally Team 25

 

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