Citroen's Sebastien Ogier has crashed out of the Wales Rally GB in the opening stage this morning.

Ogier went off the road near the end of the 14.78 kilometre Radnor Forest stage [SS8] rolling his Citroen C4 WRC car in the process. It has since been confirmed he will not be able to re-join tomorrow under the SupeRally.

The Frenchman was fighting for second place in the 2010 World Rally Championship. His misfortune now opens the door for Norway's Petter Solberg or Finnish BP Ford Abu Dhabi driver Jari Matti Latvala to take the runners-up spot. Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are both reported to be unharmed.

Meanwhile Petter Solberg has taken the lead of the event by just 0.3 seconds from overnight leader Sebastien Loeb, with the Ford Focus RS WRC car of Mikko Hirvonen now third. Dani Sordo and Latvala complete the top five followed by Henning Solberg, Matt Wilson and Mads Ostberg.

The next stage, the 10.14km Monument Hill test [SS9], now starts at 10.19 hours [local time].



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