Championship leader Sebastien Ogier managed to salvage three points from Rally Argentina on Sunday after winning the Power Stage.

Ogier had been gunning for his fourth win of the season and his sixth in succession in Carlos Paz, but saw his hopes of doing that disappear in the first proper stage on Friday, when he had to park his Volkswagen Polo R WRC due to a fuel supply problem.

It dropped him right out of contention with power steering problems then further hampering him on Saturday afternoon.

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Nevertheless, a brilliant time in El Condor 2 on Sunday - 9.9s up on his closest rival - did at least reward him with bonus points, something that means he leaves with his lead in the Drivers' Championship very much intact.

Indeed it has only been reduced by one point, from 34 points to 33, with Mads Ostberg now moving up to second ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen.

"It was a good final day for this rally," said Ogier, who was classified 17th. "Our objective was to win the Power Stage [and we did].

"Despite the issues, we maintained the status quo, although only because of other people's mistakes and retirements. Except for the two Citroens, we all had mechanical problems [this weekend]."

So how frustrating was it not to be able to go for that first win in Argentina?

"Naturally I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get a win here at my third attempt," continued the 2014 and 2013 WRC Champion. "However, it was nothing to do with the demanding and harsh track conditions.

"Up to this point Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and I had enjoyed a perfect start to the season - and this time we were unlucky. That's part and parcel of motorsport and proves that wins are never guaranteed.

"I don't blame the team at all; they all did their best as always. We'll be back next year and hopefully I will be able to make my dream of a first win here come true."