Ogier reigns in Portugal

As Citroën takes a one-two

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27 March 2011 - 16:12
Ogier reigns in Portugal

Sebastien Ogier has claimed his third victory in the World Rally Championship after winning Vodafone Rally de Portugal for a second year in succession.

The 27-year-old from France was able to preserve his comfortable overnight lead and hold off Citroen DS3 WRC team-mate Sebastien Loeb for victory on the demanding gravel stages of the Algarve.

It was the perfect result for Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia after they crashed out of the lead on the final morning of the previous round in Mexico.

“I’m very happy, we had the perfect weekend, the car was perfect and Julien was perfect,” said Ogier. “This is the best way to come back after our crash in Mexico. It is a long way to go in the championship but I’m in a better position now.”

Ogier now moves firmly back into title contention and Loeb is already expecting an exciting battle for this year’s world crown.

“The championship battle will be good, it is interesting this year,” said Loeb.

Victory for Ogier means Citroen has now won the last two rounds of the WRC.

The leading Ford driver on the event was Jari-Matti Latvala, who took his Fiesta RS WRC to third place.

Final standings:

Pos.DriverCarTime
01 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC 4h10m53.4s
02 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +31.8s
03 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m22.1s
04 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m13.3s
05 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m48.5s
06 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON Citroën DS3 WRC +10m17.4s
07 K. RAIKKONEN /K. LINDSTROM Citroën DS3 WRC +10m54.1s
08 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m38.8s
09 H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +14m16.4s
10 D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE Ford Fiesta RS WRC +17m54.6s
11 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza STI +22m40.0s
12 B. MAGALHAES / P. GRAVE Peugeot 207 S2000 +24m02.2s
13 K. KRUUDA / M. JARVEOJA Skoda Fabia S2000 +26m23.5s
14 K. AL QASSIMI / M. ORR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +27m10.1s
15 J. KETOMAKI / K. RISBERG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +30m19.9s
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