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Volkswagen's Sebastian Ogier continues Rally de Portugal love affair

Updated: Sunday, 06 Apr 2014 23:16 | Comments

Sebastian Ogier has won the Rally de Portugal four times from just five starts
Sebastian Ogier has won the Rally de Portugal four times from just five starts

Volkswagen's Sebastian Ogier increased his lead at the summit of the World Rally Championship standings after easing to a fourth victory in the Rally de Portugal on Sunday.

The reigning champion went into the final day with a 38-second lead over his rivals and duly paced himself to a third win in four rallies at the start of 2014, eventually coming home 43.2 seconds clear of the M-Sport Ford of Mikko Hirvonen.

Ogier also won the race-closing power stage to take maximum bonus points and establish a 29-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings over VW team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, whose Portuguese hopes were ended by a crash on Friday.

The win was also an eighth in succession for the VW Polo - matching a record set by Citroen three seasons ago.

"Portugal is a place I love to drive," Ogier told the WRC's official website. 

"I had a good battle with Mikko for a big part of the rally, and I had good tyre management on every stage yesterday afternoon and that made the difference. To save my tyres, I didn't push like crazy.

"It wasn't an easy one and Mikko pushed really hard, but in the end another win and a maximum with the power stage too. Perfect."

Mads Ostberg finished third in a Citroen, 30 seconds down on Hirvonen, whose hopes of victory were ruined when he lost huge amounts of time on failing tyres on Saturday's final three stages.

Andreas Mikkelsen came through for fourth ahead of Henning Solberg, with Martin Prokop rounding out the top six.

Hyundai's Dani Sordo was only major casualty of Sunday's running, the Spaniard retiring with a broken driveshaft.

FIA World Rally Championships - Rallye do Portugal
1 Sebastien Ogier (Fra) 3:33:20.4
2 MikkoHirovnen (Fin) 3:34:03.6
3 Mads Ostberg (Nor) 3:34:32.8
4 Andreas Mikkelsen (Nor) 3:38:10.9
5 Henning Solberg (Nor) 3:38:30.6
6 Martin Prokop Z (Cze) 3:41:47.6
7 Thierry Neuville (Bel) 3:41:52.7
8 Juho Hanninen (Fin) 3:42:12.0
9 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qat) 3:43:35.1
10 Jari Ketomaa (Fin) 3:43:46.7

FIA Drivers Standings
1 Sebastien Ogier (Fra) 91pts
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin) 62pts
3 Mads Ostberg (Nor) 48pts
4 Andreas Mikkelsen (Nor) 36pts
5 Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) 36pts
6 Thierry Neuville (Bel) 21pts
7 Elfyn Evans (Gbr) 20pts
8 Bryan Bouffier (Fra) 18pts
9 Martin Prokop (Cze) 18pts
10 Kris Meeke (Gbr) 17pts

WRC Manufacturers Standings
1 Volkswagen Motorsport 144pts
2 Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 75pts
3 M-Sport World Rally Team 60pts
4 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team 45pts
5 Volkswagen Motorsport II 40pts
6 Jipocar Czech National Team 20pts
7 RK M-Sport World Rally Team 4pts

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