Sebastien Ogier claimed his sixth victory of the season at Rally Australia but he missed out on confirming his
maiden world title by a single point after a dramatic final speed test.
Ogier was dominant throughout the event winning 19 of the 22
stages in his PWR Performance Products cooled Volkswagen
Polo R to triumph by 1minute 32.1seconds. He had to place his
title celebrations on ice when a final stage puncture for Mikko Hirvonen
cost him second place and elevated Thierry Neuville to
runner up.

The extra points for Neuville, plus the two bonus points for taking
second in the final Power Stage meant Ogier fell just short of the
title after four days of gravel competition covering 352.36km on
the Coffs Harbour Coast of New South Wales.