World Rally Championship Sebastien Ogier closes out Poland success

World champion Sebastien Ogier closed out victory at the Rally Poland, ending the weekend with two more stage victories.

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Sebastien Ogier closes out Poland success play

Sebastien Ogier closes out Poland success

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There were no slip-ups from world champion Sebastian Ogier at the Rally Poland as he secured triumph with wins in the 18th and 19th stages to extend his World Rally Championship lead.

Ogier, who now enjoys a 78-point advantage in the standings, led from Friday afternoon and maintained that form to finish with two more stage wins on Sunday.

Andreas Mikkelsen was 11.9 seconds behind in second with Ford's Ott Tanak securing his first podium of the season, edging Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala, who crashed into a tree on the final stage.

Frenchman Ogier led Volkswagen team-mate Mikkelsen by 5.6 seconds going into Sunday's racing and extended that to 8.1 on the first Baranawo run - the penultimate stage of the race.

"Without [Ogier] making a mistake it will be difficult," Mikkelsen conceded going into the final power stage around Baranawo.

And so it proved, with the pair the final two out of the blocks, the Norwegian tied up second place with a solid run before Ogier rounded off another dominant race weekend.

Ending with a time of six minutes 52 seconds Ogier denied Tanak a power stage victory to add a further three points to his Poland haul.

"This year I have had many great wins, but here is very special," Ogier explained.

"I was first on the road for 90 per cent of the route. I had to push from the first metre to the last and to take 28 points here is the perfect start to the summer holidays."

With the WRC season past the halfway mark, Ogier is well on course for a third consecutive world title, barring a marked downturn in form in the final six rallies.

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