Sebastien Ogier is now a three-time World Rally Champion, having wrapped up a third consecutive title with victory at Rally Australia.
Having gone into the day with a slim lead over Kris Meeke, Ogier dominated the final day of running to wrap up both the event and the title. The Volkswagen driver won seven consecutive stages, giving him a healthy 12.3s margin over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.
“It's been an amazing season,” said Ogier.
“The best I've ever done, no mistakes so far. So many great performances and this one is a very high one.
“[This] was the most difficult rally to open the road, on paper it was impossible to win. It's a very significant win for me, [a] beautiful one!”
Meeke fell away from the leading Volkswagens as the final day played out, but did manage to hang on to third place ahead of the third VW of Andreas Mikkelsen.
Kiwi Hayden Paddon, meanwhile, rode a wave of near-local support to finish fifth for Hyundai.
“Personally, it has been a fantastic weekend,” said Paddon.
“We had a particularly good morning on Saturday with two stage wins but overall I have been happy with the car and my own performance.
“It has been great to see so much support from the Kiwi fans. It gives me such a buzz and makes Rally Australia a special event.”