Sebastien Ogier set the pace on shakedown for the final round of the World Rally Championship in Wales.

The pre-event shakedown for Wales Rally GB should have taken place in Margam Park but was moved to a special asphalt superspecial stage in Cardiff Bay after tree disease forced the original plans to be shelved.

Returning to the main factory Citroen team for the season finale, Ogier set the fastest time through the short 1.7km stage and was six-tenths of a second clear of championship winner Sebastien Loeb, with Citroen Junior Team driver Dani Sordo third quickest.

Petter Solberg was fourth ahead of the first of the Fords in the hands of Mikko Hirvonen, with Matthew Wilson completing the top six.

The event gets underway with a run through the Superspecial stage on Thursday evening.

Wales Rally GB Shakedown times (top ten):

1. Sebastien OgierCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC01mins 13.7secs M
2. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC01mins 14.3secs M
3. Dani SordoCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC01mins 15.0secs M
4. Petter SolbergPSWRT Citroen C4 WRC01mins 15.7secs A8
5. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 01mins 16.2secs M
6. Matthew WilsonStobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC01mins 16.3secs M
7. Jari-Matti LatvalaBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 01mins 16.7secs M
8. Kimi RaikkonenCitroen Junior Team C4 WRC01mins 17.3secs M
9. Henning SolbergStobart M-Sport FordFocus WRC01mins 17.7secs M
10. Khalid Al QassimiBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus WRC01mins 18.6secs A8

 

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