Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has come through to win Rally Australia, but will have to wait until his home event next month to clinch the 2013 WRC Drivers' title.

Ogier dominated 'Down Under', winning 19 of the 22 stages, including the event ending Power Stage, however, in the end he was one point short, despite doing the absolute maximum.

The Frenchman had looked on course until a dramatic final stage saw Mikko Hirvonen pick up a left-rear puncture and drop back to third overall. That bumped Thierry Neuville up to second and with the Belgian also taking two points for the second quickest time in the Power Stage, Ogier will now have to wait until Rallye de France-Alsace to be crowned...

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Behind the top-three, Jari-Matti Latvala held on to fourth, although he also picked up a left-rear puncture in Shipmans 2, and like Hirvonen, had no idea what had caused the failure.

Mads Ostberg completed the top five, with Andreas Mikkelsen and Evgeny Novikov in sixth and seventh. Local driver Nathan Quinn took a very good eighth, with Khalid Al-Qassimi and WRC2 class winner, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari rounding out the top ten.

Citroen guest driver Kris Meeke was the only major retirement. The Brit re-started on Sunday under the Rally 2 regulations, but suffered more disappointment in the Power Stage, when he went off and broke the rear suspension. Although he completed the test, he wasn't able to make it back to service. His late exit costs Citroen two vital Manufacturers' points.

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Rally Australia: Overall standings after Stage 22 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3h 19m 55.0s M
2. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 32.1s M
3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +2m 02.1s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +2m 57.4s M
5. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 17.2s M
6. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +3m 37.6s M
7. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m 31.2s M
8. Nathan Quinn MINI John Cooper Works WRC +13m 10.2s
9. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +15m 17.6s M
10. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +17m 27.7s WRC2

Rallye Deutschland: Power Stage / SS22 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 14m 44.9s M
2. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02.8s M
3. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +09.4s 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 22 (Top 3):

1. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 3hr 37m 22.7s WRC2
2. Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta R5 +1m 13.4s WRC2
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +7m 01.0s WRC2

Notable retirements:

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

SS14. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Rolled M*

SS22. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Rear suspension damage - retired after test M

*denotes able to re-start under Rally 2

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