Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier secured the victory on the Fafe Rally Sprint on Saturday, the 'warm-up' event for this coming week's Rally de Portugal, the fourth round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship.

Ogier put in a spectacular show in his Polo R WRC on the 6.34-kilometre stage in Northern Portugal, and posted a 3 minute 40.5 second time, just ahead of Ott Tanak (3m 40.5s) and third-placed man, Dani Sordo (3m 42.2s).

"It was an absolutely fantastic experience," said Ogier, who was taking in the event for the very first time. "The Portuguese fans really are some of the best in the world. We wanted to thank them in our own small way, which is why we were driving with the national flag at the rear today. In some places you can hardly see the countryside for the crowds of people, it's incredible.

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"On top of that, the stage is really demanding and the jump is tremendous. Such an event is definitely a bonus for rallying. There's no way we are going to miss out next year."