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Champion Sebastien Ogier celebrates with France win

Updated: Sunday, 06 Oct 2013 16:50 | Comments

Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrate in Strasbourg
Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrate in Strasbourg

Sebastien Ogier of France celebrated his maiden world title by winning his home rally as nine times champion Sebastien Loeb's swansong season ended on a bitter note today.

Polo driver Ogier won the event in the Alsace region by 12.2 seconds over Spain's Dani Sordo (Citroen) while Finn Jari-Matti Latvala took third place 7.3 seconds further behind.

Ogier won the world title on Thursday after his only rival, Belgian Thierry Neuville, failed to claim the power stage at the Rally of France.

On the first stage of the final day, Loeb's Citroen slid off the road in the 15th stage and ended up on its roof in a ditch, according to the official world championships' website.

Loeb, who won a record nine world titles from 2004-12, and co-driver Daniel Elena escaped unhurt.

Loeb took part in four rallies this season after saying he would not defend his title in 2013 and won the Monte Carlo Rally and Rally Argentina while taking second place in Rally Sweden.

"There has been so much emotion this weekend," said Ogier afterwards.

"After the excitement of winning the title on Thursday, it was difficult to get back into the race. But we couldn't stay like that all weekend and decided to react yesterday.

"We pushed to the maximum then and this morning we soon made a gap at the front.

"Then we had to bring the car home, which wasn't easy in the rain and mud. We started the story from zero with Volkswagen last year, and now we're close to the manufacturers' title as well."

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