Andreas Mikkelsen won the Rally Australia to lead a one-two finish for Volkswagen in their last World Rally Championship race.

The German manufacturer announced their shock exit from the sport earlier this month, but completed a one-two as driver's championship winner Sebastien Ogier followed Mikkelsen home.

Norwegian Mikkelsen was 14.9 seconds clear of his team-mate as Volkswagen received a perfect send off, although his win was not enough to move him into second in the driver's championship.

Thierry Neuville finished third for Hyundai, a further 57.7s back, to secure second behind the already-crowned Ogier.

Starting the day with a two-second advantage, Mikkelsen saw Ogier get within 0.3secs before spinning off during the Bucca stage.

That allowed Mikkelsen to complete victory in relative comfort, and afterwards the 27-year-old admitted he was delighted to end the season, and his spell with Volkswagen, in winning fashion.

"This is a perfect end to the season," he told

"All year consistency and pace was our aim with the championship in mind, but I came here with nothing to lose. I could go flat out and see what we could do.

"We challenged the world champion and beat him fair and square on the same road conditions. It's my best victory but it's sad to see this team and the car come to an end."