FIA World Rally Championship

Rally Australia Day 2: Ogier Takes Lead from Meeke

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Sebastien Ogier came ever closer to taking the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship title by beating Kris Meeke to the lead at the final stage of Rally Australia day two.

Meeke led the running throughout the morning but Ogier soon began to close the Citroen driver’s lead heading into the final stage of the day, which was held in the evening.

Ogier completed the stage 2.7 seconds clear of Meeke, and so the Volkswagen driver has a slim 0.3 second lead heading into the final day’s running. Hanging dust in the stage gave the first drivers, including Ogier, a slight advantage, with visibility already lowered by the darkness.

“I was worried about the dust near the beginning but it was okay. Not a good stage for me though. Still a lot of dust on the road. I expected it would be cleaner. I didn’t find the optimal rhythm so I was not flat out.”

In third position is now Jari-Matti Latvala, who is 2.6 seconds behind his team-mate. Next is the final Volkswagen, of Andreas Mikkelsen. Hayden Paddon is fifth, whilst Ott Tanak sits sixth.

Watch the day two highlights here, courtesy of Michelin:

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