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Sebastien Ogier leads team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala at Rally Australia

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Sebastien Ogier took advantage of unexpectedly good weather to reclaim the lead from Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala at Rally Australia.

The World Rally Championship leader built a 10.3-second advantage on Saturday as the majority of the field - Latvala included - ran on soft tyres on the basis that rain had been forecast.

But the inclement weather never emerged and Ogier, utilising a mixture of hards and softs, was the one to capitalise on the 48.92-kilometre Nambucca stage.

And the 30-year-old was glad to have hedged his bets after opting for three hard and one soft tyre.

"‚ÄčIt wasn't a perfect choice but better than Jari-Matti, I guess," said Ogier. "The best would have been four hard tyres. We had a clean stage and avoided the small mistakes we made earlier."

Latvala, meanwhile, conceded to having fallen foul of an erroneous weather report.

"According to our information there was an expectation of rain showers," the Finn said. "But they never came and the road was 100 per cent dry so the rears overheated. Towards the end it was better but at the beginning the road was too dry for the soft compound."

Citroen's Kris Meeke was second on the stage to move up to third overall, with Andreas Mikkelsen (Volkswagen) 1.3secs behind in the standings.

Elsewhere in the field, Thierry Neuville damaged his Hyundai in a collision with a post on Valla during his comeback drive, but still managed to climb to eighth.

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