x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Ogier beats Citroen teammate Loeb to Acropolis Rally title

The French duo thwart BP Ford Abu Dhabi rivals in a race they had won seven times since 2000.

LOUTRAKI // The French driver Sebastien Ogier led home a Citroen 1-2 here on Sunday as he won the seventh leg of the rally world championship, the Acropolis Rally, ahead of compatriot and seven-time world champion Sebastien Loeb.

Ogier had started the final day behind Loeb, after the latter had stolen the lead in a dramatic final special stage on Saturday.

However, Ogier overturned that deficit to beat Loeb by 10.5 seconds to take the win in only his second participation in the race, having finished runner-up last year, and record his third victory of the season.

"I am really happy, this is perfect," said 27-year-old Ogier, who has won five rallies thus far in his career.

"It was a difficult rally for me, I had trouble at the beginning, then I succeeded in finding my rhythm," added Ogier after he also took the race ending power stage which gave him three additional points in the world championship standings.

Loeb had to console himself with his 100th career podium placing, including 65 victories, and that he had thwarted his BP Ford Abu Dhabi rivals plans to make up any ground on him in a race the team had won seven times since 2000.

Their best placing was Mirko Hirvonen, as last year's race winner who came into the race 13 points behind Loeb finished third while Norway's 2003 world champion Petter Solberg took fourth in a Citroen.