Ogier claims Wales Rally GB victory


Sebastien Ogier made it a fitting end to a dominant season by winning the Wales Rally GB despite finishing outside the top four in each of the final four stages.

The Volkswagen driver - who has already claimed his third straight World Rally Championship - won four of the nine stages on Saturday to extend his lead over Citroen's Kris Meeke to 35.7 seconds, and made it eight triumphs from 13 events following a comfortable third day.

Confident in his advantage following Sunday's first stage, Ogier admitted he would not be pushing himself as he finished 14.9secs behind winner Jari-Matti Latvala.

"[I was] not really close to the limit. [There is] no point to push for me," he said.

The Frenchman's best stage was the 18th of the rally, in which he finished in fifth, 4.5secs behind Latvala - who was the fastest in all four stages on the day - gaining time on Meeke in the process.

"It was OK for us - a safe rhythm. All good, no problems at all. I just want to finish like this," Ogier said.

Ogier's lead was cut to 26secs by Meeke at the end of the Power Stage, but the Frenchman had already done enough to end the season with another triumph. Volkswagen II's Andreas Mikkelsen was third, 36.2secs off the pace.

Celebrations were muted in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday, Ogier adorning his car with the French flag while no champagne was popped on the podium.

"Victory here is the best way to finish the season but there is no point to celebrate anything today. We have other things on our mind. It has been a difficult weekend," he said.