Rally France: Ogier's home round hopes dashed by penalty
WRC champion Sebastien Ogier has been ruled out of contention in the 2015 running of Tour de Corse after his car stopped on a road section, leading to retirement and a severe time penalty.
Ogier, whose sole previous run in Tour de Corse saw him finish runner-up in the JWRC class in 2008, ended the final special stage of the day in 10th after picking up a slow puncture.
However, the gearshift on his Volkswagen Polo R failed 10km away from the overnight parc ferme, forcing him to officially retire from the first day.
Having originally trailed rally leader Elfyn Evans by 1m13s, he will now start the second day of the event under Rally 2 and will be 9m44s adrift in 55th place.
In all likelihood, this'll be Ogier's first finish outside of the top two since April's Rally Argentina.
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