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Rallying: World champion Ogier caps season with Wales win

World champion Sebastien Ogier won the Wales Rally GB for the first time on Sunday to crown an impressive debut season with Volkswagen. The Frenchman's victory in the 13th and final round of the world championship was his ninth of the season, a record bettered only by outgoing and now retired champion Sebastien Loeb. Ogier's team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala was second, the Finn finishing ahead of Thierry Neuville's Ford Fiesta RS. Neuville's podium place saw the Belgian clinch second position in a championship long since won by Ogier. jdg/dj

Rallying: Wales Rally GB standings

Standings of the Wales Rally GB, the 13th and final leg of the 2013 world rally championship, after Sunday's final day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo) 3hr 03min 36.7sec, 2. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo) at 21.8sec, 3. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta) 1:24.5, 4. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta) 1:48.2, 5. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/VW Polo-R) 2:03.4, 6. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta) 7:37.5, 7. Dani Sordo (ESP/Citroen DS3) 8:27.9, 8. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta R5) 11:13.1 Special stage winners

Rallying: Ogier on verge of breaking Wales duck

World champion Sebastien Ogier will take a lead of 20.3 seconds into the final day of Wales Rally GB on Sunday as the French driver looks to win the gruelling event for the first time. The Volkswagen Polo R driver, whose only two other appearances in the race ended in 11th and 12th places when he was with Citroen, had begun Saturday's third leg with a lead of 20.1sec over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. He wasn't fastest on any of the day's seven stages but his dominance was never threatened. "We just conserved the gap today, that was the plan," said Ogier.

Rallying: Ogier wary of Welsh finale

Sebastien Ogier may have already been crowned world champion but the Frenchman is not getting his hopes up ahead of the season-ending Wales Rally GB starting on Wednesday. "It's not my favourite event -- I have had a lot of accidents there," said the 29-year-old, who has raced a course renowned for its forest stages on five occasions but has yet to post a top-ten finish. "The stages are really nice but very difficult to judge with varying grip levels, and then there's the weather. But now with more experience, I'm hoping to secure a good result this year."

World champion Ogier roars back to win in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) - World champion Sebastien Ogier produced a scintillating final drive to win the Rally of Spain on Sunday with the Frenchman's eighth victory of the season also securing the manufacturers' title for his Volkswagen team. Ogier, who clinched his maiden world title on home soil this month, overturned a 45-second overnight deficit to beat team mate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland into second place, with Citroen driver and Latvala compatriot Mikko Hirvonen third.

Rallying: Champion Ogier reigns in Spain

Newly-crowned world rally champion Sebastien Ogier sealed his eighth win in 12 races this season with victory in the rally of Spain on Sunday. The Frenchman led home Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala by 32.9 seconds with Mikko Hirvonen back in third. Ogier began the day back in fourth, but moved into the lead on the penultimate stage of the race when Spaniard Dani Sordo crashed out and Latvala lost time as he crossed the finish line with flames visibly coming from his engine.

Rallying: Rally of France results

Final results from the Rally of France, the 11th in the 13-round world championship series, on Sunday: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo-R 2hr 53min 07.6sec, 2. Dani Sordo (ESP) Citroen DS3 at 12.2sec, 3. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) VW Polo-R at 19.5, 4. Thierry Neuville(BEL) Ford Fiesta RS at 1:14.1, 5. Evgeny Novikov (RUS) Ford Fiesta RS 3:10.9, 6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Citroen DS3 3:37.7, 7. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) VW Polo R 4:04.2, 8. Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS 4:35.2, 9. Robert Kubica (POL) Citroen DS3 9:31.4,

Rallying: Ogier wins in France, Loeb crashes out of career finale

Newly-crowned world champion Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of France on Sunday as nine-time series winner Sebastien Loeb crashed out on his career finale. Loeb, who had already announced earlier in the season that this would be his last world rally campaign, failed to finish after going off the road on Sunday morning. Volkswagen driver Ogier, who claimed the title on Friday, finished ahead of Spaniard Dani Sordo in a Citroen and Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala in the second factory Volkswagen.

Ogier celebrates title with France win

PARIS (Reuters) - Sebastien Ogier of France celebrated his maiden world title by winning his home rally as nine-times champion Sebastien Loeb's swansong season ended on a disappointing note on Sunday. Ogier, driving a Volkswagen Polo, won the event in the Alsace region by 12.2 seconds from Spain's Dani Sordo (Citroen) while Finn Jari-Matti Latvala took third place 7.3 seconds further behind.

Rallying: Ogier wins as Loeb crashes out of Rally of France

Newly-crowned world champion Sebastien Ogier of France won the Rally of France, the 11th in the 13-round world championship series, on Sunday. Local hero Sebastien Loeb, the nine-time former world champion, who was competing in the final race of his illustrious career, failed to finish after going off the road on Sunday morning. Volkswagen driver Ogier, who claimed the title on Friday, finished ahead of Spaniard Dani Sordo in a Citroen and Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala (Volksagen). bnl/ea/nr
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