Sebastien Ogier says he is "overjoyed" to have won the WRC Drivers' title for a third time on Rally Australia.

Ogier eventually took the victory in Coffs Harbour by 12.3s, taking seven consecutive stages wins over Saturday afternoon and the final day to make sure he clinched the crown 'down under'.

The result - his seventh triumph of the year and the 31st of his career - now puts him second outright in the all-time win list, one ahead of Marcus Gronholm.

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"It is a fantastic feeling to be world champion again! I am overjoyed. The first World Championship title will obviously always be rather special, but the emotions are always overwhelming every time," Ogier said at the finish.

"It was an incredibly intense battle here in Australia because the gap to Kris [Meeke] and [my team-mate] Jari-Matti [Latvala] was so small all weekend, I had no time at all to even think about the title.

"Even this morning I only had one approach: flat-out. I am now just really happy that Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and I have won our third title with a victory. It will probably take a while for what we have achieved together with our fantastic team over the past three years to really sink in.

"The fact that we also won the Manufacturers' title [again here] with the Volkswagen team is obviously the icing on the cake."

Meanwhile, speaking in the post-event press conference, Ogier admitted he didn't think it would be possible to win in Coffs Harbour this year.

"I think before this event, everybody was thinking it would not be possible to win from first on the road after we have seen the roads on the recce. It was looking pretty impossible, but I always keep trying and this time I try even harder to compensate," he continued.

"Definitely it was hard for the first two days, but I produce one of the best performances on this event ever. I am very proud of this one and very proud of the whole team.

"It looks like an easy sentence to say this, but they deserve huge thanks.

"All together we make this incredible performance."

Pressed on if he had to take any risks to win, he replied: "For sure, I risk. I like to say it's not crazy. I always had the feeling I was in control, but I'm human so I cannot say nothing can happen. First on the road, the grip is very low, you are on the line and the balance feels very unstable. Yeah, it's hard but I start to be used with it.

"I am in this position since many rallies and I start to have big experience of being first on the road. But I fight more and more against myself with the frustration I feel when I make almost the perfect stage and we lose more and more time. I have to keep trying and wait for the Sunday. Today it was nice to win all the stages and finish the rally like that."