Frenchman on course for first WRC title in Australia after opening day of action.
Sebastien Ogier took a clean sweep of stage victories – literally – to dominate Rally Australia’s opening day and if the leading positions don’t change between now and the finish on Sunday he is virtually assured of a maiden World Rally Championship’s drivers’ crown.
The VW star set the fastest time on all six of Friday’s dust-ridden stages to return to host city Coffs Harbour with an 18.4-seconds lead over Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen.
Third was Thierry Neuville and if the M-Sport Ford Fiesta driver cannot improve on that position then the title will be done and dusted in Ogier’s favour – unless, that is, the Belgian gets a miracle result on Sunday’s bonus-scoring Power Stage.
In fact Neuville will be looking more over his shoulder for Kris Meeke who, having run second early on before slipping to fourth, will be keen to regain the position.
See our videos for a re-cap of Friday’s action which includes a narrow miss for Meeke and a scary ‘door open’ moment for M-Sport’s Mads Ostberg.