WRC: Sebastien Ogier extends championship lead after winning Rally of Italy
Last Updated: 08/06/14 5:08pm
Sebastien Ogier extended his lead at the top of the World Rally Championship to 33 points after winning the Rally of Italy for the second year in a row.
The Frenchman finished 1 minute 23 seconds clear of Norway's Mads Ostberg in a Citroen and 1 minute 32 seconds ahead of his Finnish team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland.
It was Ogier's 20th overall victory on the rally circuit and his fourth this season, having already secured victories in Monaco, Mexico and Portugal this term.
"I had a very tough beginning on this rally and had to put pressure on Jari yesterday. Luckily that paid off and this is a really good feeling," Ogier said.
His team-mate Latvala lies second in the championship standings with Ostberg moving up to third following his second-place finish in Italy.
Power Stage winner, Andreas Mikkelsen, ended the event in fourth place and is fourth in the drivers' standings, three points behind Ostberg.
Volkswagen Motorsport moved on to 227 points, 118 clear of Citroen in the constructors' standings after the stage, with Ford in third place on 78 points.