Ogier takes fourth WRC title with Spain win

    Ogier secured the title with his 37th win in the WRC, drawing level with Finns Juha Kankunnen and Tommi Makinen for championship successes.

    Published On Oct 17, 2016 03:39:00 PM

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    Ogier takes fourth WRC title with Spain win

    Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth World Rally Championship title with victory on Rally Catalunya.

    Ogier secured the title with his 37th win in the WRC, drawing level with Finns Juha Kankunnen and Tommi Makinen for championship successes.

    32-year-old Ogier had taken the lead of the event on Friday morning, but trailed Hyundai's Dani Sordo by the end of the first full day as the Spaniard made the most of a favourable road position on the tarmac stages to move into a 17-second lead with two stage wins in the afternoon.

    Sordo added to that lead slightly on the opening couple of stages on Saturday morning in his i20 WRC, but was then reeled in by Ogier who set about hounding down the rally leader.

    The Frenchman's title bid was then aided by an error from his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who dramatically crashed out of third place on SS12 after clipping a barrier and rolling his Polo R WRC onto its roof.

    Mikkelsen had been Ogier's nearest challenger in the championship, but his demise meant Ogier needed only to score a point to claim a fourth-successive crown.

    But he didn't let up and instead pushed on, recording the fastest times on SS12, SS13 and SS14 to move back ahead of Sordo overall.

    He then extended his advantage on the first running of Sunday's loop and cruised through the second to win by 15.6s and cement the title for himself and co-driver Julien Ingrassia - a year after crashing out of the rally on the final Duesaigues stage.

    "It's been a tough season but it's fantastic," he said. "To be champion two rallies before the end again is great - I cannot do much more.

    "There was a little bit more thinking before this stage, not to do the same as last year, but it's fantastic."

    While Sordo was unable to keep pace with Ogier, he nevertheless equalled his best result of the season with second, finishing the best part of a minute clear of his Hyundai team-mates.

    Thierry Neuville beat Hayden Paddon to the final podium spot, with Paddon securing his best result to date on a tarmac rally, as the pair ended the event separated by 12.8s.

    Kris Meeke had started the final day in fifth, but retired on Sunday morning's first stage with an engine problem - bringing the Citroen driver's untidy event to a premature end.

    His exit instead promoted M-Sport's Mads Ostberg to a lonely fifth, who in turn was well clear of the similar DMACK Ford Fiesta of Ott Tanak - who had won the opening stage of the rally.

    Behind them, Kevin Abbring sealed his best finish in the WRC with seventh, having enjoyed a trouble-free run throughout the weekend.

    Craig Breen broke his driveshaft on Saturday morning but was able to continue after making it back to service and recovered to score the final point in his Citroen DS3, finishing behind respective leading WRC2 runners Jan Kopecky and Pontus Tidemand in their works Skoda Fabia R5s.

    Jari-Matti Latvala was fast all weekend in the third Volkswagen Polo R and won Sunday's powerstage, but only after he had retired from the rally on Firday afternoon after breaking his suspension in a crash before rejoining on Saturday.

    LEADING FINISHERS AFTER SS19:

    POSDRIVERTEAMCARTIMEGAP
    1Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaVolkswagen MotorsportVolkswagen3h13m03.6s-
    2Dani Sordo, M.MartiHyundai MotorsportHyundai3h13m19.2s15.6s
    3Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai MotorsportHyundai3h14m18.6s1m15.0s
    4Hayden Paddon, J.KennardHyundai Motorsport NHyundai3h14m31.4s1m27.8s
    5Mads Ostberg, O.FloeneM-Sport World Rally TeamFord3h16m28.0s3m24.4s
    6Ott Tanak, R.MolderDMACK World Rally TeamFord3h18m28.5s5m24.9s
    7Kevin Abbring, S.MarshallHyundai Motorsport NHyundai3h20m34.9s7m31.3s
    8Jan Kopecky, P.DreslerSkoda MotorsportSkoda3h22m08.7s9m05.1s
    9Pontus Tidemand, J.AnderssonSkoda MotorsportSkoda3h22m24.0s9m20.4s
    10Craig Breen, S.MartinAbu Dhabi Total WRTCitroen3h23m00.7s9m57.1s

    LEADING POWERSTAGE TIMES:

    POSDRIVERTEAMCARTIMEGAP
    1Jari-Matti Latvala, M.AnttilaVolkswagen MotorsportVolkswagen7m55.8s-
    2Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaVolkswagen MotorsportVolkswagen7m57.4s1.6s
    3Dani Sordo, M.MartiHyundai MotorsportHyundai7m59.0s3.2s
    4Hayden Paddon, J.KennardHyundai Motorsport NHyundai7m59.4s3.6s
    4Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai MotorsportHyundai7m59.4s3.6s

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

    POSDRIVERPOINTS
    1Sebastien Ogier222
    1Sebastien Ogier222
    2Andreas Mikkelsen127
    2Andreas Mikkelsen127
    3Thierry Neuville127
    3Thierry Neuville127
    4Hayden Paddon114
    4Hayden Paddon114
    5Dani Sordo111
    5Dani Sordo111
    6Jari-Matti Latvala104
    6Jari-Matti Latvala104
    7Mads Ostberg90
    7Mads Ostberg90
    8Ott Tanak61
    8Ott Tanak61
    9Kris Meeke54
    9Kris Meeke54
    10Craig Breen36
    10Craig Breen36
    11Eric Camilli28
    11Eric Camilli28
    12Henning Solberg14
    12Henning Solberg14
    13Esapekka Lappi12
    13Esapekka Lappi12
    14Stephane Lefebvre10
    14Stephane Lefebvre10
    15Martin Prokop10
    15Martin Prokop10
    16Kevin Abbring10
    16Kevin Abbring10
    17Teemu Suninen9
    17Teemu Suninen9
    18Pontus Tidemand8
    18Pontus Tidemand8
    19Jan Kopecky8
    19Jan Kopecky8
    20Marcos Ligato6
    20Marcos Ligato6
    21Elfyn Evans6
    21Elfyn Evans6
    22Lorenzo Bertelli4
    22Lorenzo Bertelli4
    23Armin Kremer2
    23Armin Kremer2
    24Nicolas Fuchs2
    24Nicolas Fuchs2
    25Valeriy Gorban1
    25Valeriy Gorban1
    26Karl Kruuda1
    26Karl Kruuda1

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