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Drivers Ogier & Ingrassia are poised to win the FIA World Rally Championship after extending their lead in the rally standings prior to the final day of the Rally Australia.

WRC Title Within Reach For Volkswagen

Volkswagen driver Ogier extends his lead
September 14, 2013

The Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are poised to win the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). They extended their lead in the rally standings prior to the final day of the Rally Australia by achieving all six possible best Stage times with the Polo R WRC.

They will go into the last six Special Stages on Sunday 45.9 seconds clear of the field. Mikko Hirvonen (Citroën) and Thierry Neuville (Ford) are in second and third place Down Under.

If the Rally Australia order remains the same on Sunday, Ogier/Ingrassia only need to come second in the final Power Stage to win the WRC for Drivers and Co-Drivers before the season has even finished – regardless of how their competitors perform.

Considering the two Frenchmen’s track record, it looks like the title is within their reach: the leading duo have won 14 of the 16 Special Stages completed so far, with the remaining two going to their Volkswagen team-mates. On Saturday, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) moved up into fourth place in the overall standings while Andreas Mikkelsen/Paul Nagle (N/IRL) finished day three Down Under fifth overall.
Volkswagen service crews prepare the team's cars for final stages of the Rally Australia. On the final day, the competitors will face 125.14 Stage kilometres over fast sections through the dense Australian jungle
The last day of the Rally Australia will be far from easy. The competitors will face 125.14 Stage kilometres over fast sections through the dense Australian jungle, including the breathtaking SS “Shipmans” with its water crossing through Tallawudjah Creek.

The almost 30-kilometre-long “Shipmans” is completed twice, with the rerun counting as a Power Stage, when the three fastest pairs will be awarded extra points. It could therefore help to decide whether Ogier/Ingrassia claim the title early.

Sébastien Ogier said, “I’m really pleased right now – it was another perfect day for us. The Polo R WRC’s set-up was ideal again today. It might look easy from the outside, but it most certainly isn’t when you’re sitting in the cockpit. Something could happen any time, as Kris Meeke’s experience today showed. The grip level was high too, especially this afternoon. And we had a slight advantage by starting the Stage last. There’s no doubt that the World Championship title is within our grasp, but we’ve still got a long day to go with six challenging Special Stages.”





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