Ogier prevails in Portugal
Updated: Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 21:09
Sebastien Ogier claimed his third straight World Rally Championship win by triumphing in Portugal.
The 29-year-old overcame a final day technical scare with his Volkswagen Polo R to win the Rally de Portugal stage.
Ogier completed the rally 52.8 seconds ahead of Mikko Hirvonen's Citroen DS3, while the Frenchman's Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala came in third.
Ogier, who won the Portuguese round with Citroen in 2010 and 2011, collected an extra three drivers' points by also winning the SS15 Power Stage, which brought the fourth round of the World Rally Championship to a close.
Having already won in Sweden and Mexico, his drivers' championship lead has now stretched from 31 points to 54, with Hirvonen second and Sebastien Loeb in third.
"It's a perfect result but this week has been really complicated for us," Ogier said.
"I came here on Monday and wasn't even sure I would be able to do the rally - I was completely kaput.
"The team has done a good job because this was a very rough rally and we have had many small problems. They managed to fix the car all the time so big congratulations to them."
"Today was more than stressful for me, and at the start of the first one I thought the rally was over because the clutch was slipping. Finally it came back. It was a kind of miracle."