Sebastien Ogier extended his lead in the World Rally Championship by winning Rally Sardinia in his Volkswagen Polo by over three minutes.
Ogier cruised to victory on the final day, having overcome long-time leader Hayden Paddon on Saturday when the Kiwi suffered a spin and then hit a rock, damaging his Hyundai i20.
However, Paddon still secured a career-best result in second, ahead of Hyundai teammate Thierry Neuville.
The Belgian was 4m22s behind Ogier after inheriting third from Citroen’s Mads Ostberg on the final morning.
Ostberg crashed while fiddling with his helmet’s intercom. Although the damage was not substantial it cost him his brakes, which meant he had to limp through the following stage, losing fourth place to Ford’s Elfyn Evans.
He just held on to fifth from Jari-Matti Latvala’s Volkswagen.
Ogier also took the three points for the fastest time on the powerstage, ahead of VW teammates Latvala and Mikkelsen.
|1||Sebastien Ogier (VW Polo)||4h25m54.3|
|2||Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20)||4h28m59.7||+3m05.4|
|3||Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20)||4h30m16.8||+4m22.5|
|4||Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta)||4h31m29.1||+5m34.8|
|5||Mads Ostberg (Citroen DS3)||4h33m44.4||+7m50.1|
|6||Jari-Matti Latvala (VW Polo)||4h34m01.0||+8m06.7|