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Sebastien Ogier secures WRC manufacturers' title for Volkswagen

Updated: Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 16:23 | Comments

Sebastien Ogier in his Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier in his Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC

Sebastien Ogier produced a stunning fightback to claim his eighth victory of the World Rally Championship season and give Volkswagen the manufacturers' title in Spain.

The Frenchman, who has already secured the 2013 drivers' crown, had started the final day in fourth place, 46.5 seconds behind Volkswagen team-mate and event leader Jari-Matti Latvala having suffered a puncture during Saturday's running.

But by the halfway point of Sunday's six stages, run mainly on gravel after Friday and Saturday's asphalt tests, he had risen to third and was just 14.4 seconds adrift.

Ogier continued to pile on the pressure and his comeback was completed on the penultimate stage as he overhauled Latvala and second-placed man Dani Sordo ground to a halt.

Any hopes of Latvala responding were effectively ended when his car finished that test with flames visible under the bonnet, which were quickly extinguished by marshals, and Ogier's ultimate victory margin was 32.9 seconds.

Mikko Hirvonen was third as he benefited from the misfortune of Sordo and Ford's Thierry Neuville, who lost places with a puncture on Sunday morning.

Neuville eventually claimed fourth spot, ahead of team-mate Evgeny Novikov and Mads Ostberg.

Martin Prokop, Hayden Paddon, WRC2 class winner Robert Kubica and Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari rounded out the top 10.

Kubica's win, his fifth from seven events, was enough for him to be crowned WRC2 champion.

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