Ogier wins Australia, VW take the title

Sebastian Ogier won the Coates Hire Rally Australia heading home team mates Jari Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen to give the German manufacturer not only a 1-2-3 podium sweep but also confirm them as the 2014 WRC Manufacturer Champions.
Sebastien Ogier
Sebastien Ogier
Fourth after yesterdays penalty was Kris Meeek in the Citroen DS3, with Mikko Hirvonen fifth in the Ford WRC. Sixth saw a superb result for Haydon Paddon in the Hyundai with Thierry Neuville seventh. Elfyn Evans was eighth.In WRC2 victory went to Nasser Al-Attiyah with Jari Ketomaa second.SS20 Al-Attiyah 5 minutes 52.8secs “The best weekend you know, we are so happy to win this race after Sardinia. Thanks to the team.”SS20 Atkinson 5 minutes 37.8secs “Its good to finish, great to be back in a World Car at home, thanks to Hyundai for the chance.”SS20 Kubica 5 minutes 31.6secs “It has been a good weekend, good driving, the characteristics of the stages is hard. Really enjoyed.”SS20 Evans 5 minutes 31.9secs “Not what we would have liked to show, we have learned for next year, we can enjoy the rest of the year.”

SS20 Neuville 5 minutes 26.1secs “Couldn’t expect too much without a lot of testing, made some changes that helped. A decent weekend.”

SS20 Paddon 5 minutes 29.6secs “A good result, good stage times, have to keep working hard, good for the team.”

SS20 Hirvonen 5 minutes 25.2secs “Its a good weekend, a good fight, we struggled with tyres a bit, not too bad.”

SS20 Mikkelsen 5 minutes 25.2secs “We tried to push a little with no risk, a clean stage, very happy for the team now.”

SS20 Meeke 5 minutes 24.5secs “To be honest my strongest performance to date, getting close to the others now. Enjoying my time now.”

SS20 Latvala 5 minutes 20.7secs “Its been a really great fight, and I have really enjoyed it. The tyre choice cost me a lot. Very good.”

SS20 Ogier 5 minutes 21.9secs “Fantastic, amazing for the team. The title for VW is really important with the 1-2-3. Very good.”

Top fifteen overall

1. 1 FRAS. OGIER 2:53:18.0
2. 2 FINJ. LATVALA 2:53:24.8 +6.8 +6.8
3. 9 NORA. MIKKELSEN 2:54:36.0 +1:11.2 +1:18.0
4. 3 GBRK. MEEKE 2:55:02.0 +26.0 +1:44.0
5. 5 FINM. HIRVONEN 2:55:11.6 +9.6 +1:53.6
6. 20 NZLH. PADDON 2:56:14.2 +1:02.6 +2:56.2
7. 7 BELT. NEUVILLE 2:57:46.2 +1:32.0 +4:28.2
8. 6 GBRE. EVANS 2:58:28.0 +41.8 +5:10.0
9. 10 POLR. KUBICA 2:59:57.8 +1:29.8 +6:39.8
10. 8 AUSC. ATKINSON 3:02:47.4 +2:49.6 +9:29.4
11. 36 QATN. AL-ATTIYAH 3:05:11.1 +2:23.7 +11:53.1
12. 35 FINJ. KETOMAA 3:07:01.5 +1:50.4 +13:43.5
13. 32 UKRY. PROTASOV 3:07:48.1 +46.6 +14:30.1
14. 37 ITAL. BERTELLI 3:08:14.1 +26.0 +14:56.1
15. 4 NORM. OSTBERG 3:12:52.8 +4:38.7 +19:34.8
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