Ogier clinches third world title with win in Australia

Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:57am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - France's Sebastien Ogier clinched his third successive world rally championship for Volkswagen on Sunday after winning the Rally of Australia.

The 31-year-old became just the third driver to win three titles in a row, joining his countryman Sebastien Loeb and Finland's Tommi Makinen.

"It's an amazing season, the best I've ever done," said Ogier. "No mistakes, so many great performances and this one is once again a very high one."

Ogier won the final seven stages in Australia, including all five held on Sunday, to win the three-day gravel road event near Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.

Teaming up with his longtime co-driver Julien Ingrassia, Ogier completed the rally 12.3 seconds faster than his Finnish teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke finished third, a further 20.3 seconds behind.

"It's the most difficult rally to open the road and still we managed to win," Ogier said. "It's the perfect way to get my third title."

Ogier's victory was his seventh in 10 rounds this season, securing the championship with three rallies still to go, and the 31st of his career, moving him above Marcus Gronholm into outright second place overall for the most career wins.

Loeb, who won nine consecutive titles between 2004 and 2023, holds the record with 78 wins.   Continued...