Sebastien Ogier says he has 'match point' in the World Rally Championship title battle ahead of Rally Australia, as he and Volkswagen Motorsport look set to secure the drivers' and manufacturers' championships in the Southern hemisphere.

Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia currently hold a 93-point lead in the WRC championship as they stand on the brink of a third consecutive world title. To wrap up the championship in Australia Ogier must maintain a lead of 84 points over Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.

Put simply, if Latvala wins this weekend Ogier can still seal the title by finishing second and taking a bonus point from the Power Stage.

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"The main goal for the season is obviously to defend our titles. We have another match point in Australia," Ogier said. "As well as the manufacturers' championship with Volkswagen, we can also wrap up the titles in the drivers' and co-drivers' championships with races still to come. We will do our best to achieve this ideally with a perfect team result."

Looking ahead to the event itself, Ogier says he enjoys the tightknit atmosphere Rally Australia holds and is anticipating another tough fight for victory. The French driver has claimed the top spot on the podium for the past two consecutive seasons in Australia and knows if he repeats the trick this year he will secure his third straight WRC title.

"I love the Rally Australia it is a very special event," he explained. "As it is an overseas rally, there is a little less hustle and bustle than at Volkswagen's home race in Germany, for example. It is a bit more intimate and I like that.

"We head down under on the back of a perfect team result. Rally Germany was absolutely fantastic and definitely one of the highlights of the season. We obviously want to follow that with the next highlight."