WRC: Sebastien Ogier races to fifth win of the season in Poland
Last Updated: 29/06/14 8:43pm
Reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier raced to his fifth win of the season in the Rally of Poland on Sunday.
The Frenchman dominated in his Volkswagen Polo from start to finish and won by 1m 07.7s after holding a comfortable lead going into the final day's action.
The 30-year-old never looked like being caught and his latest win - the 21st of his career – saw Ogier extend his lead at the top of the World Rally Championship standings, with 166 points against 116 for team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala
Another teammate Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway finished second, with Belgium's Thierry Neuville in a Hyundai in third place.
Latvala was ruled out of contention after his car suspension was damaged by a stray stone on Saturday's 14th special stage, eventually finishing in fifth.
Ogier’s latest win comes after successes in Monte-Carlo, Mexico, Portugal and Sardinia, while Latvala won in Sweden and Argentina earlier in the season.
"I think it was the perfect weekend for me," said Ogier. "I am really happy - victory and a good step for the championship [too]. The stages were good fun and high speed."
Mikkelsen was also pleased, adding: "It has been a great weekend for me. I really enjoyed the stages. We battled hard with Seb [Ogier]. It was a shame we lost time yesterday with the brakes and a mistake from me, but still a very positive weekend."