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France's Sebastien Ogier wins Jordan Rally

France's Sebastien Ogier wins Jordan Rally

Sebastien Ogier of France won the Jordan Rally on Saturday by the narrowest margin in World Rally Championship history.
The Citroen driver finished the two-day event 0.2 seconds ahead of second-place Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland. Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb of France finished third, 27 minutes 0.7 seconds behind Ogier.
"Just an incredible day. I had to push like hell. It is an amazing feeling," said Ogier, who claimed a second successive championship win. "Jari-Matti was so fast today and I had to drive flat out. I'm so happy to end like this."
The previous narrowest winning margin was Marcus Gronholm's 0.3 second advantage over Loeb in the 2007 Rally New Zealand.
"I pushed really, really hard and made two or three mistakes," Latvala said. "I'm a little bit disappointed in that sense."
After four rounds, Citroen driver Loeb leads the WRC standings with 74 points, two ahead of Mikko Hirvonen, who was fourth in Jordan, and five clear of Ogier.
"I made a big mistake close to the end of the stage; I went wide in the sand. Still good," Loeb said.
Ogier's winning time was 2 hours, 48 minutes, 28.2 seconds. Matthew Wilson of Britain completed the top five.
Ogier's Citroen Total team is level with BP Ford Abu Dhabi on 130 points at the top of the manufacturers' standings.
Bernardo Sousa of Portugal won the Super 2000 World Rally Championship section of the race, despite suspension damage on his Ford Fiesta S2000.
Sousa clocked 3 hours, 3 minutes, 33.7 seconds. Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah had been leading after day one, but had to withdraw from the race after his Ford Fiesta encountered engine problems during the 13th stage on Saturday.
Petter Solberg of Norway crashed out 3 kilometers into the 17th stage on Saturday while running fourth overall.
The fifth round of the World Rally Championship is in Sardinia on May 5-8.


Updated : 2021-10-22 01:02 GMT+08:00