Sébastien Ogier wins Wales and takes second place in World Rally Championship

Sébastien Ogier wins Wales and takes second place in World Rally Championship


French rider Sébastien Ogier (Ford) won the British rally in Wales today and regained second place in the world championship, lost in the previous race in Turkey.

This was the 44th victory of the Gap driver in the World Championship, after this year he won in Monte Carlo, Mexico and Corsica.

The M-Sport Ford driver completed the British race, 11th and the penultimate calendar, with a ten-second advantage for Finn Jari-Matti Latvala at Toyota. Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) closed the podium, 35 seconds behind the winner.

Championship leader Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was ranked fifth at 1.14 minutes, while Estonian Ott Tanak (Toyota) still returned to the competition today, 19th, scoring four points in the power stage.

This was Sébastien Ogier's fifth triumph in Wales, making him the most successful driver of the British race.

Today was even relegated to second place by Latvala, but regained the lead in the penultimate special of the day.

Ogier added 25 points in today's triumph, adding three in the power stage to second place in the championship with 182 points and Thierry Neuville's seven. Tanak is now the third with 167.

"In the specials of the forest we felt some difficulties against the Toyota, but in the last two, in asphalt, we recovered the right tempo," explained the winner.

The World Championship returns to October 25 for the Spanish Rally.



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