Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier fought his way back to win Rally de Espana today, despite having lost over 50 seconds on Saturday with a puncture.

Ogier began the final leg, which saw the action shift from tarmac to gravel, in fourth place, 46.5 seconds off team-mate and overnight leader, Jari-Matti Latvala. However the Frenchman made the most of his superior road position to close the gap to 14.4 seconds this morning on the opening loop.

He then continued to push on the repeat run, winning all three stages and grabbing the lead in the penultimate stage. He eventually triumphed by 32.9 seconds, a great comeback after his woes in SS6.

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Latvala in contrast had to settle for second, and was lucky to get to the finish, after concluding SS14, Pesells 2 with flames coming from underneath the bonnet of his Polo R WRC.

Nevertheless, despite Latvala's late dramas, the 1-2 result ensured Volkswagen took the Manufacturers' title.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile inherited the final spot on the podium, after his Citroen team-mate, Dani Sordo, who had been challenging right at the front, went off the road in SS14 and damaged the suspension on his DS3 WRC.

Thierry Neuville took fourth, losing time on the final day after picking up a puncture in SS12, while Evgeny Novikov, Mads Ostberg, Martin Prokop and Hayden Paddon filled positions 5 through to 8, with Robert Kubica ninth, in the process securing the WRC2 win and the WRC2 title. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari rounded out the top ten.

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Rally de Espana: Overall standings after Stage 15 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3h 33m 21.2s M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 32.9s M
3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +01m 13.7s M
4. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01m 33.9s M
5. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02m 01.0s M
6. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02m 26.0s M
7. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +04m 55.8s M
8. Hayden Paddon Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06m 55.7s
9. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC +11m 14.1s WRC2
10. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Seashore Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +13m 26.8s

Others

11. Khalid Al Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +13m 30.5s M
12. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +16m 29.9s WRC2
13. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T +23m 50.6s WRC3
14. Benito Guerra Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +25m 30.6s
15. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +26m 45.2s WRC2
16. Subhan Aksa Ford Fiesta R5 +29m 01.5s WRC2

Rally de Espana: Power Stage / SS8 (Top 3):

1. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 15m 36.8s M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 02.8s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 03.2s 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 15 (Top 3):

1. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC 3hours 44m 35.3s WRC2
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +05m 15.8s WRC2
3. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +15m 31.1s WRC2

WRC3 standings after Stage 15 (Top 3):

1. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T 3hrs 57m 11.8s WRC3
2. Mohamed Al-Mutawaa Citroen DS3 R3T +16m 55.3s WRC3
3. Mohamed Al-Sahlawi Citroen DS3 R3T +30m 23.0s WRC3

JWRC standings after Stage 15 (Top 3):

1. Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2 4hrs 03m 59.8s JWRC
2. Marius Aasen Ford Fiesta R2 +02m 14.7s JWRC
3. Sander Parn Ford Fiesta R2 +03m 19.0s JWRC

Notable retirements:

SS4. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension damage - hit a rock M*
SS8. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Crashed M
SS9. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta R5 Hit a concrete bollard WRC2*

SS11. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta R5 Clutch damage WRC2
SS13. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 Retired WRC2
SS14. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Went off M
SS14/15. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension damage M

*denotes re-started under the Rally 2 regulations;
M denotes Manufacturer entry;

all times unofficial