Ogier heads Welsh shakedown

Sebastien Ogier sets the pace on shakedown for Wales Rally GB

Sebastien Ogier set the pace on shakedown for the final round of the World Rally Championship in Wales.

The pre-event shakedown for Wales Rally GB should have taken place in Margam Park but was moved to a special asphalt superspecial stage in Cardiff Bay after tree disease forced the original plans to be shelved.

Returning to the main factory Citroen team for the season finale, Ogier set the fastest time through the short 1.7km stage and was six-tenths of a second clear of championship winner Sebastien Loeb, with Citroen Junior Team driver Dani Sordo third quickest.

Petter Solberg was fourth ahead of the first of the Fords in the hands of Mikko Hirvonen, with Matthew Wilson completing the top six.

The event gets underway with a run through the Superspecial stage on Thursday evening.

Wales Rally GB Shakedown times (top ten):

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 01mins 13.7secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 01mins 14.3secs M
3. Dani Sordo Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 01mins 15.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC 01mins 15.7secs A8
5. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 01mins 16.2secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 01mins 16.3secs M
7. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 01mins 16.7secs M
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 01mins 17.3secs M
9. Henning Solberg Stobart M-Sport FordFocus WRC 01mins 17.7secs M
10. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus WRC 01mins 18.6secs A8

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