Ogier wins Rally of Sweden

2013-02-10 16:16
Sebastien Ogier (AP)

Hagfors - Frenchman Sebastien Ogier gave Volkswagen their first victory in the World Rally Championship here on Sunday as he won the Rally of Sweden.

The 29-year-old - recording his eighth victory at this level - beat home compatriot and nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in his Citroen by 41.8sec.

Ogier, whose 1-2 with Loeb was the first time French drivers had achieved such a feat in a race normally dominated by Scandinavian pilots, also took the lead in the overall standings.

Loeb - who has won this rally just once in 2004 - won the opening Rally of Monte Carlo but is only contesting two other races this season, in Argentina and his home rally.

Results after the final day of the Rally of Sweden raced over 22 special stages and one power stage on Sunday:

1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo R) 3hr 11min 41.9sec, 2. Sebastien Loeb (FRA/Citroen DS3) at 41.8sec, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 1min 24.5sec, 4. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/VW Polo R) 1:30.6, 5. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Ford Fiesta RS) 5:06.4, 6. Juho Hanninen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) 5:43.1, 7. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 11:25.4, 8. Henning Solberg (NOR-/Ford Fiesta RS) 11:42.7, 9. Evgeny Novikov (RUS/Ford Fiesta RS) 13:04.7, 10. Al-Rajhi Al Yazeed (KSA/Ford Fiesta) 16:27.0

Stage winners: Loeb 7 (SS1, SS11, SS13, SS16, SS17, SS18, SS19), Ogier 10 (SS2, SS3, SS5, SS6, SS7, SS9, SS14, SS15, SS20, SS22), Ostberg 2 (SS4, SS21), Mikko Hirvonen 2 (SS8, SS12), Neuville 1 (SS8), Latvala 1 (SS10)

Power Stage (SS22):

1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Ostberg


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