Sebastien Ogier's second place at Rally Finland has put him to within touching distance of a third consecutive World Rally championship title, which he could potentially wrap up next time out in Germany.

The defending WRC champion saw his lead in the drivers' standings extended to 89 points after he claimed second place behind his Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala claimed victory at his home event Rally Finland.

With five events remaining and a potential maximum of 140 points left on offer (25 for a win plus 3 for Power Stage victory) Ogier can wrap up the championship if he wins in Germany, including taking the maximum score on the Power Stage, and Latvala finishes no higher than eighth while Mads Ostberg and Andreas Mikkelsen both finish fourth or lower with no Power Stage points.

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However, the German round has not been kind to the Frenchman in the past having crashed there three times in the past two years.

Ogier has claimed a WRC victory in Rallye Deutschland once before in 2011 during his final season with Citroen but since then has failed to finish inside the top five.

Such has been Ogier's dominance of 2015 the Volkswagen Motorsport driver has only failed to finish first on three occasions over eight rallies this season, while missing out on the podium just once at Rally Argentina when he suffered a major mechanical problem.