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Sebastien Ogier takes slender lead in Rally Poland

Updated: Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 10:56 | Comments

Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia of France compete in their Volkswagen Motorsport Polo
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia of France compete in their Volkswagen Motorsport Polo

Sebastien Ogier emerged in top spot at the Rally Poland after a memorable tussle with Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

The duo traded the lead four times on a day of tough conditions, with two afternoon stages cancelled by race organisers due to heavy rain and fast deteriorating surfaces.

Mikkelsen had nudged ahead going into the final Mikolajki 2.5km special but Ogier bested his colleague to regain the overall lead by 0.9seconds.

Citroen driver Mads Ostberg moved up to third place, a distant 18.6secs behind Mikkelsen but also a handy 12.5secs in front of Jari-Matti Latvala in fourth.

A short statement from organisers explained the reasons for cancelling stages seven and eight.

It read: "There were a number of spectators standing in unsafe places and the condition of the track surface had deteriorated badly."

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