Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has vowed to do "everything in his power" in order to ensure he wins Rallye de France next year.

Ogier's hopes of taking home glory and his eighth win of the season disappeared on the opening leg of the Tour de Corse, when he suffered a puncture in SS3 and was then forced to retire on the road section due to a gear shift problem.

That left the Frenchman down in 55th position and out of contention, although he did climb back up to 15th at the finish, winning three more stages in his Polo R WRC, including the Power Stage, where he was 8.6s up on Ford privateer Robert Kubica and 10.2s up on team-mate and event winner, Jari-Matti Latvala.

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"Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and I ended the rally with another fantastic day in the Polo here on Corsica. The conditions and profile of the route were very nice and spectacular on Sunday. Our strategy of fitting four soft tyres for the second stage of the day was perhaps a little too risky, but generally speaking I am very happy with the way the rally ended. And we won the Power Stage, which was a nice way for us to end this Rally France," said the three-time World Rally Champion.

"Next year though, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the Tricolore is back flying the highest, after two Finnish victories in a row. For now, however, I would like to congratulate Jari-Matti and Miikka [Anttila - his co-driver]."