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Rallying: Ogier wins in Australia but world title on hold

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Australia Sunday but his push for his first FIA World Rally Championship remained on hold until the next leg in France next month. The Volkswagen driver won 17 of the event's 22 stages, including the Power Stage, and finished with a margin of 1min 32sec. over Thierry Neuville of Belgium. Finland's Mikko Hirvonen finished the rally third, 2min 02.1sec. behind the winner.

Rallying: Rally of Australia final standings

Rally of Australia standings after Sunday's final day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) VW Polo 3r 19:55 2. Thierry Neuville (BEL) Ford Fiesta at 1:32.1 3. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Citroen 2:02.1 4. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) VW Polo 2:57.4 5. Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ford Fiesta 3:17.2 6. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) VW Polo 3:37.6 7. Evgeny Novikov (RUS) Ford Fiesta 7:31.2 8. Nathan Quinn (AUS) Mini Cooper 13.10.2 9. Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) Citroen 15:17.6 ... 12. Kris Meeke (GBR) Citroen 19:20.2 afp

Rallying: Mikkelsen leads in Australia

Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen finished ahead of his Volkswagen Motorsport teammate and championship leader Sebastien Ogier in the opening stages of the Rally of Australia on Thursday. After the opening two special stages, Mikkelsen led Britain's Kris Meeke, in a Citroen, by 0.9 seconds with Ogier fourth some 1.5 secs down on the leader. Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala (Volkswagen) was lying third with compatriot Citroen driver Mikko Hirvonen in fifth.

Rallying: Sordo sheds 'nearly man' tag with German win

Dani Sordo of Spain, driving a Citroen DS3, won the Rally of Germany World Rally Championship (WRC) race at Trier on Sunday, ahead of Belgium's Thierry Neuville in a Ford Fiesta RS and Mikko Hirvonen of Finland in a Citroen. It was Sordo's first world championship win and it came after a nail-biting finish to the ninth round of the season when Neuville went off the road just three kilometres before the finish and just three seconds off the lead. "It's a great moment for me," said an emotional Sordo, the nearly-man of world rally racing with 34 podium finishes in 106 starts.

Rallying: Rally of Germany standings

Rally of Germany standings after Thursday's opening day: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo-R) 19:33.2, 2. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo-R) at 5.7, 3. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) 12.7, 4. Dani Sordo (ESP/Citroën DS3) 20.5, 5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Citroen DS3) 25.7, 6. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 30.6, 7. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT/Ford Fiesta RS) 41.4, 8. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 45.6, 9. Robert Kubica (POL/Citroën DS3 RRC) 59.8, 10. Sepp Wiegand (GER/Skoda Fabia S2000) 1:23.0 afp

Rallying: Title-chasing Ogier takes Finland lead

World championship leader Sebastien Ogier took charge of the Rally of Finland on Friday driving his Volkswagen to a 38-second lead over Belgian Thierry Neuville in a Ford. Neuville had led overnight but, two stages from the end of the day, his Focus suffered a puncture. He clung on to second place and has a 39-second advantage over Norway's Mads Ostberg, also in a Ford. dlo/dj

Ogier wins in Finland to edge towards world title

(Reuters) - Frenchman Sebastien Ogier claimed a thrilling victory in Finland on Saturday to strengthen his grip on the World Rally Championship with five rounds remaining. Volkswagen driver Ogier reached the finish in Jyvaskyla with a 36.6 seconds advantage over Belgian Thierry Neuville to win his fifth rally of the season and move 90 points clear in the standings as he chases his first world title.

Rallying: Ogier closes in on world title with Finland win

Sebastien Ogier took a firm grip on the world rally championship on Saturday when he swept to victory in Finland for his fifth triumph of the season. The French Volkswagen Polo driver finished ahead of Ford Focus duo Thierry Neuville of Belgium and Norway's Mads Ostberg. Ogier had controlled the race since the midway point on Friday and set two of the fastest times on Saturday. "It was a super weekend and great to win here," said Ogier, who has also won this year in Sweden, Mexico, Portugal and Sardinia.

Rallying: Rally of Finland standings

Rally of Finland standings after Thursaday's six special stages: 1. Thierry Neuville (BEL) Ford Fiesta 25min 33.3sec, 2. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) VW Polo at 5.2sec, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ford Fiesta 8.9, 4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Citroen DS3 13.8, 5. Juho Hänninen (FIN) Ford Fiesta 17.0, 6. Kris Meeke (GBR) Citroën DS3 17.5, 7. Evgeny Novikov (RUS) Ford Fiesta 20.9, 8. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) VW Polo 23.4, 9. Dani Sordo (ESP) Citroën DS3 37.1 Special stage winners: Ogier 2 (SS1, SS3), Neuville 2 (SS2, SS6), Hirvonen 1 (SS4), Ostberg 1 (SS5) afp

Fifteen people injured at motor rally in Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) - At least 15 people, including two children, were injured at a motor rally in the Polish city of Poznan on Sunday after a luxury car skidded into a group of spectators, a local police spokesman said. The accident occurred at the start of the three-day Gran Turismo Polonia event which draws amateur motor enthusiasts from all over Europe. At least 150 luxury cars are taking part in the event. Police spokesman Andrzej Borowiak said police were questioning the Norwegian motorist involved in the accident.
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