Sebastien Ogier dominates Rally Australia
French driver Sebastian Ogier leads Rally Australia and looks certain to clinch the World Rally Championships this weekend
Associated Press in Coffs Harbour, Australia
World Rally Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier of France won all six road stages at Rally Australia on Friday to take a commanding overall lead and leave him in a strong position to clinch the series title this weekend.
Ogier, who also won a special opening night stage on Thursday, has an elapsed time after eight of the rally’s 22 stages of 56 minutes, 5.9 seconds.
Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen was 18.4 seconds behind in second, followed by Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, at 25.9 seconds in third.
There were two special combined asphalt-gravel stages in Coffs Harbour scheduled for later on Friday. The 354-kilometre rally ends on Sunday.
Ogier, who drives a Volkswagen Motorsport entry, came into the rally with a 75-point lead. There are three events remaining after Australia.
“We can say that the day was perfect,” Ogier said.
Mads Ostberg, in sixth place overall, said he hit a rock so hard the driver’s door of his Ford Fiesta flew open during the eighth stage.
“We almost went off the road into the trees,” Ostberg was quoted as saying on the WRC website.
“It’s a good job I hit it sideways because if I had hit it with the front of the car, that would have been it.”