Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier remains on course to win Rally Italia Sardegna, but Mads Ostberg has dropped down from third to fifth after hitting trouble.

Ogier was fourth quickest in the first test of the day, SS20, before then going fastest in SS21, the 11.77km Cala Flumini test, which will act as the Power Stage later on and reward the top-three with bonus points.

Meanwhile, Hayden Paddon - with his Hyundai i20 WRC now fixed after his dramas on Saturday afternoon - was quickest in SS20 in a bid to "send a message" to Ostberg that second was not up for grabs. Ostberg, however, lost time in SS20 and SS21, after going off the road and damaging his brakes. He now slips from third to fifth in his DS3 WRC, promoting Hyundai's Thierry Neuville up into the final podium slot and M-Sport's Elfyn Evans to fourth.

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"A lot happened at the same time," Ostberg said after SS20. "I lost an earplug, and was trying to put it back in when I went wide in a corner and off the road. The damage was not so bad but I lost the brakes - that's the problem..."

Behind, Jari-Matti Latvala is sixth in his VW Polo R WRC, with WRC2 runners Yuriy Protasov, Paolo Andreucci, Jan Kopecky filling positions 7 through to 9. Andreucci re-took the WRC2 class lead in SS20, but then dropped back in SS21, completing the stage with coolant leaking from the front of his Peugeot.

Citroen third driver Khalid Al Qassimi completes the top-ten, while Andreas Mikkelsen, Dani Sordo, Robert Kubica, Ott Tanak and Lorenzo Bertelli all re-joined this morning under Rally 2. Martin Prokop was not able to re-start.

Rally Italia Sardegna now concludes with repeat runs through Olmedo Monte Baranta and Cala Flumini. Full itinerary for round six in WRC 2015 available - HERE.

2015 Rally Italia Sardegna: Overall standings after Stage 21 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 4h 10m 33.2s M
2. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +2m 19.7s M
3. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +4m 06.7s M
4. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m 22.9s M
5. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +5m 48.2s M
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +8m 11.8s M
7. Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta RRC +14m 19.0s WRC2
8. Paolo Andreucci Peugeot 208 T16 +14m 20.7 WRC2
9. Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia R5 +16m 36.1s WRC2
10. Khalid Al Qassimi Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +16m 36.1s

Other(s):

11. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +20m 42.2s WRC2
12. Armin Kremer Skoda Fabia R5 +20m 54.1s WRC2
13. Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC +21m 07.8s WRC2
14. Ott Tanak M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +22m 01.9s M
15. Nicolas Fuchs Ford Fiesta R5 +25m 04.4s WRC2

WRC2 standings after Stage 21 (Top 3):

1. Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta RRC 4h 24m 52.3s WRC2
2. Paolo Andreucci Peugeot 208 T16 +0m 01.7 WRC2
3. Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia R5 +2m 17.1s WRC2

Notable retirements:

SS2. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC Suspension M*
SS3. Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident*
SS4/SS5. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension M*
SS10. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC Lost in a wheel in final test - retired on road section afterwards M*
SS10. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC Oil leak M*

SS11/12. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC Oil leak M**
SS13. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Lost a wheel M**
SS13/14. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC Technical issue M**
SS13/14. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC Oil pressure M
SS17. Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC Gearbox**
SS17. Ott Tanak M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Transmission M**

*denotes re-started under Rally 2 on Saturday
**denotes re-started under Rally 2 on Sunday

M denotes Manufacturer entry

all times unofficial