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Rally Australia: Ogier extends lead

Further back, Mads Ostberg rounds out the top-five, 3.9 seconds up on Jari-Matti Latvala, who in turn is 11.2 seconds up on Andreas Mikkelsen. Latvala had been fifth, but picked up a puncture at the start of SS12 and lost around 10-15 seconds.

“In the beginning of the stage we went wide, hit a bank and drove the stage with a flat right rear tyre,” Latvala explained. “We got the front and rear with the bank – and after the car didn't steer at all...”

Ostberg in contrast had a trouble-free start to the day: “I think we have done a good job this morning. The car is working well and everything is performing as it should. We did a lot of work on the pacenotes yesterday evening. We managed to change a lot from looking at the onboards and it is definitely a lot better today,” he stated.

“We'll go a bit stiffer with the set-up for this afternoon to try and gain a bit more grip through the second pass. There is quite a big battle unfolding, but our main objective is to find the perfect set-up with the car. This is our first time here, and results wise – for this weekend and the future – we know that the times will come once we've found the best solution.”

Next up is Evgeny Novikov, while Nathan Quinn and Khalid Al-Qassimi hold ninth and tenth, with WRC2 leader, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari in P11.

The action now continues with a repeat-run through this morning's two stages, before two more runs through the Coffs super special this evening. SS13, Nambucca 2, is scheduled to start at 14.41 hours local time [05.14 hours UK time].


Rally Australia: Overall standings after Stage 12 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 1h 35m 53.6s M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +27.6s M
3. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +59.6s M
4. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +1m 07.6s M
5. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 28.6s M
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 32.5s M
7. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +1m 43.7s M
8. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 17.3s M
9. Nathan Quinn MINI John Cooper Works WRC +6m 48.9s
10. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +7m 46.9s M

Others

11. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +8m 44.3s WRC2
12. Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta R5 +10m 06.6s WRC2


WRC2 standings after Stage 12 (Top 3):

1. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 1hr 44m 37.9s WRC2
2. Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta R5 +1m 22.3s WRC2
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +8m 24.3s WRC2


Notable retirements:

SS8. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC Hit a bank WRC2*

*denotes able to re-start under Rally 2

all times unofficial




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Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #8, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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