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Rallying: Ogier extends title lead with Rally of Portugal win

France's world champion Sebastien Ogier coasted home to win the Rally of Portugal on Sunday for the fourth time. The Volkswagen Polo driver's third win out of four this season cemented his position at the top of the world rally championship standings. Ogier, who had a 43 second cushion over his nearest pursuer, Finland's Miko Hirvonen, led virtually since the first stage on Thursday to notch up his team's eighth consecutive win. That drew the German carmaker level with Citroen's record constructors' run in the WRC.

Rallying: Ogier extends title lead with Rally of Portugal win

France's world champion Sebastien Ogier coasted home to win the Rally of Portugal on Sunday for the fourth time. The Volkswagen Polo driver's third win out of four this season cemented his position at the top of the world rally championship standings. Ogier, who had a 43 second cushion over his nearest pursuer, Finland's Miko Hirvonen, led virtually since the first stage on Thursday to notch up his team's eighth consecutive win. That drew the German carmaker level with Citroen's record constructors' run in the WRC.

Rallying: Ogier powers into Portugal lead

World champion Sebastien Ogier picked up five of Saturday's six special stages to power past Mikko Hirvonen and into the Rally of Portugal lead. The Frenchman had been lying a close third overnight but after the third day's action in the Algarve he and his Volkswagen Polo topped the times by 38sec from Hirvonen. The Finn's Ford Fiesta is more than 50sec clear of third-placed Mads Ostberg in a Citroen DS3, with Dani Sordo, who claimed Saturday's tenth special, in fourth. syd/nr/lp

Rallying: Hirvonen leads in Portugal

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, driving a Ford Fiesta, snatched the lead on the Rally of Portugal's opening day while world champion Sebastien Ogier was relegated to third place. Hirvonen ended the day with a 3.7sec lead over fellow Fiesta driver Ott Tanak of Estonia with Ogier, in a Volkswagen, standing at 6.5sec off the lead. "The tyres moved about a lot in the final stage, but it's fantastic to be ahead," said Hirvonen. "We're in a good fight but Ogier won't be happy with the situation, so I'm sure he'll attack tomorrow."

Rallying: Hirvonen leads in Portugal

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, driving a Ford Fiesta, snatched the lead on the Rally of Portugal's opening day while world champion Sebastien Ogier was relegated to third place. Hirvonen ended the day with a 3.7sec lead over fellow Fiesta driver Ott Tanak of Estonia with Ogier, in a Volkswagen, standing at 6.5sec off the lead. syd/dj

Rallying: First strike for Ogier in Portugal

World champion Sebastien Ogier claimed the opening super stage of the Rally of Portugal on Thursday in a Volkswagen cleansweep. French driver Ogier, in a Volkswagen Polo, finished ahead of teammates Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland and Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen by 0.3sec and 2.2sec respectively. Six stages will be held on Friday's first full day in the south of the country, in and around Faro. syd/dj/pi

Ogier takes overall lead with Mexico win

(Reuters) - World rally champion Sebastien Ogier took the lead in the overall standings on Sunday after winning the Rally of Mexico ahead of Volkswagen team mate Jari-Matti Latvala. The victory, by a comfortable one minute 12.6 seconds, was the Frenchman's second of the season and the team's first one-two of 2014. Belgian Thierry Neuville was a distant third for Hyundai's first podium finish.

Rallying: Ogier wins Rally of Mexico

World champion Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Mexico on Sunday, the third round of this year's title series. The Volkswagen Polo driver, who also won in Mexico in 2013, finished over a minute ahead of teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland. Belgian driver Thierry Neuville, in a Hyundai, was third, over five minutes off the pace. It was Hyundai's first podium place.

Rallying: Ogier wins Rally of Mexico

World champion Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Mexico on Sunday, the third round of this year's title series. The Volkswagen Polo driver, who also won in Mexico in 2013, finished over a minute ahead of teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland. Belgian driver Thierry Neuville, in a Hyundai, was third, over five minutes off the pace. It was Hyundai's first podium place.

Rallying: Ogier wins Rally of Mexico

World champion Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Mexico on Sunday, the third round of this year's title series. The Volkswagen Polo driver, who also won in Mexico in 2013, finished over a minute ahead of teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland. Belgian driver Thierry Neuville, in a Hyundai, was third, over five minutes off the pace. It was Hyundai's first podium place.
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