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Rallying: Ogier in control in Mexico after opening day

World champion Sebastien Ogier of France ended the first day in the Rally of Nexico in an familiar position - with a 26-second lead over Norway's Mads Ostberg. Ogier, in a Volkswagen Polo, won seven of the day's 11 stages, including the first four of the afternoon session, to overhaul Ostberg's Citroen, which had taken an early lead after the opening five stages. Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala, Ogier's Volkswagen team-mate, was 42.5sec off the pace in third.

Rallying: Ostberg edges Ogier on Mexico opening day

Norway's Mads Ostberg, in a Citroen, led the Rally of Mexico after Friday's opening five stages, relegating world champion Sebastien Ogier in a Volkswagen into second spot. Ostberg has a three-second advantage over the Frenchman while Finland's Mikko Hirvonen was 11 seconds off the pace in a Ford Fiesta in third spot. Ogier, who went into the race in second place in the world championship behind Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala, had won the opening two stages of the day.

Rallying: Rally of Sweden results

Results of the Rally of Sweden, the second leg of the world rally championship, after the third and final day on Saturday:

Rallying: Ogier blunder lets in Latvala in Rally of Sweden

World champion Sebastien Ogier of France lost control and drove his Volkswagen Polo into a snowdrift on Friday and appears to have lost all hope of winning a second successive Rally of Sweden. Ogier, the overnight leader going into Friday's second day, is back in ninth place, more than three-and-a-half minutes adrift of leader Jari-Martii Latvala, his VW stablemate.

Rallying: Rally of Sweden results

Overall standings on Friday from the Rally of Sweden, the second leg of the World Rally Championship:

Rallying: Ogier in lead in Sweden

France's Sebastien Ogier held the lead at the end of Thursday's action in the Rally of Sweden, the second leg of this year's World Rally Championship. Volkswagen driver Ogier, the defending world champion and winner in Sweden last year, leads two fellow Volkswagen drivers in Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway and Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland. Mikkelsen trails by a margin of 5.8 seconds, with Latvala 12.2 seconds off the pace after a day which featured six stages covering a total of over 60 kilometres on icy roads and saw drivers cross the border into Norway.

Rallying: World champion Ogier takes Monte Carlo triumph

World champion Sebastien Ogier claimed victory in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally on Saturday, the 82nd edition of the classic race. Ogier, in a VW Polo-R, finished ahead of French compatriot Bryan Bouffier, in a Ford Fiesta, with British Citroen driver Kris Meeke in third. It was Ogier's second career win in the principality but first at the elite world championship level. He had won the 2009 International Challenge in a Peugeot. dlo/sk/dj/bc

Rallying: Monte Carlo Rally results

Monte Carlo Rally results after Saturday's final day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) 3hr 55min 14.4sec, 2. Bryan Bouffier (FRA/Ford Fiesta RS) at 1:18.9, 3. Kris Meeke (GBR/Citroën DS3) 1:54.3, 4. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroën DS3) 3:53.9, 5. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Volkswagen Polo-R) 6:08.3, 6. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta RS) 8:37.4, 7. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) 11:42.3, 8. Jan Melicharek (SVK/Ford Fiesta RS) 21:56.2

Rallying: Monte Carlo Rally standings

Monte Carlo Rally standings after Friday's second day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) 3 h 14:51.3, 2. Bryan Bouffier (FRA/Ford Fiesta RS) at 51.1, 3. Kris Meeke (GBR/Citroen DS3) 1:38.6, 4. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroen DS3) 2:48.9, 5. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Volkswagen Polo-R) 6:04.4, 6. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta RS) 6:14.5, 7. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) 6:43.7, 8. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) 10:16.9 Main retirements: Thierry Neuville (BEL/Hyundai i20), Dani Sordo (ESP/Hyundai i20), Robert Kubica (POL/Ford Fiesta RS)

Rallying: Monte Carlo Rally standings

Monte Carlo Rally standings after first day on Thursday: 1. Bryan Bouffier (FRA/Ford Fiesta RS) 1hr 25min 36.6sec, 2. Kris Meeke (GBR/Citroen DS3) at 38.8, 3. Robert Kubica (POL/Ford Fiesta) at 39.5, 4. Sébastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) at 47.3, 5. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroën DS3) at 1:20.7, 6. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta RS) at 1:38.6, 7. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Volkswagen Polo-R) at 2:20.8, 8. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) at 2:46.9, 9. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) at 4:06.2, 10. Olivier Burri (SUI/Ford Fiesta R2) at 4:47.4
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