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STOP PRESS: Ogier wins Rally Italia Sardegna

22 June 2013

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has won Rally Italia Sardegna to take his fourth victory of the season.

Ogier dominated the event, leading from start-to-finish in his Polo R WRC and he eventually triumphed by 1 minute 16.8 seconds. He also took the Power Stage honours too.

The result sees the Frenchman extend his advantage in the Drivers' Championship as the WRC heads into its summer hiatus, with the next event not until the beginning of August, when battle resumes in Finland.

Thierry Neuville meanwhile took the runners-up spot for the Qatar World Rally Team, his best result to date in the WRC, and on the back of third earlier this month in Greece.

Jari-Matti Latvala fought back from a puncture in the very first stage – which cost the Finn almost 2 minutes – to take the final spot on the rostrum, giving VW a 1-3 finish, ahead Citroen's Dani Sordo and Martin Prokop in fourth and fifth respectively.

Elfyn Evans, who was standing in for Nasser Al-Attiyah, grabbed a sensational sixth place on his debut in a World Rally Car, while Michal Kosciuszko, Mads Ostberg, Robert Kubica and Khalid Al-Qassimi took positions 7 through to 10. Kubica also claimed the WRC2 class win again as well.

Citroen #1 Mikko Hirvonen and VW junior driver Andreas Mikkelsen both retired on the final day, with the former getting stuck in a ditch in SS10, while the latter went off the road and damaged the suspension on his Polo R WRC in SS14. Qatar M-Sport WRT pilot Evgeny Novikov was the other notable retiree, after he rolled his Fiesta RS WRC car in SS2 on Friday.

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Rally Italia Sardgena: Overall standings after Stage 16 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3hours 22mins 57.9secs M
2. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 16.8s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 48.0s M
4. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +3m 19.2s M
5. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +8m 34.1s M
6. Elfyn Evans Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m 51.8s M
7. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m 52.7s M
8. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +13m 21.5s M
9. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC +16m 47.6s WRC2
10. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +17m 19.9s M

Others

11. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +21m 04.6s WRC2
12. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RRC +23m 06.1s WRC2
13. Per-Gunnar Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC +24m 38.8s
14. Nicolas Fuchs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +25m 35.5s WRC2


Rally Italia Sardegna: Power Stage / SS15 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 13m 03.6s M
2. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1.0s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +4.5s M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


WRC2 standings after Stage 16 (Top 3):

1. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC 3hours 39mins 45.5secs WRC2
2. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +4m 17.0s WRC2
3. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RRC +6m 18.5s WRC2


WRC3 standings after Stage 16 (Top 3):

1. Christian Riedemann Citroen DS3 R3T 3hours 52mins 39.9secs WRC3
2. Keith Cronin Citroen DS3 R3T +5m 05.4s WRC3
3. Stephane Consani Citroen DS3 R3T +5m 23.6s WRC3


Notable retirements:

SS2. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rolled M
SS6. Per-Gunnar Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical*
SS8. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rolled M*

SS10. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Went off the road M
SS14. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension M

*denotes re-started under the Rally 2 regulations


all times unofficial


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