Sebastien Ogier’s charge to a maiden World Rally drivers’ title continues after the Frenchman further stretched his lead on Rally Australia by winning all six stages on Saturday.
Ogier was simply untouchable in his VW Polo and ended the day with a 45.9-seconds advantage over nearest challenger Mikko Hirvonen.
M-Sport Ford’s Thierry Neuville was a further half a minute adrift in third. Should the positions remain the same on Sunday’s closing six stages then Ogier will almost certainly be the new champion, depending on the outcome of the event’s bonus-scoring Power Stage.
However, there is little to suggest that Ogier won’t win that as well. He has a knack of winning Power Stages and so far on Rally Australia has won 14 out of 16 stages.
Notably, Rally Australia’s Power Stage is the spectacular 30km Shipmans test in jungle terrain and includes a water crossing through the unpredictable-sounding Tallawudjah Creek.
Elsewhere Briton Kris Meeke crashed out of fourth position in his latest ‘one-off’ drive for Citroen but will rejoin on Sunday with a time penalty.
See the second of our two videos in this report for some eye-watering on-board footage as the Northern Irishman rolls off the road.