World Rally Championship: Sebastien Ogier retains Wales Rally GB lead

By Victoria TurnerBBC Wales Sport
Sebastien Ogier
Sebastien Ogier secured the World Rally Championship for a third year running in September.

World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier continued to set the pace at the Wales Rally GB after 15 stages.

The three-time champion has a 35-second advantage over British driver Kris Meeke in the final round of the season.

The Northern Irishman remains second overall going into the final day of racing in north Wales on Sunday.

Wales' Elfyn Evans picked up a place to end in seventh, having improved his pace during the final two night stages at Dyfnant and Aberhirnant.

Meeke did lead the Wales Rally GB for a short time after Ogier lost time on Stage 11 at Dyfnant, slowing down to avoid an incident on track involving fellow Frenchman Thierry Neuville who rolled his car.

For two stages Meeke was the first British driver since Colin McRae in 2001 to lead the event, but organisers later decided to award Ogier a representative time of 31 seconds, as it was determined that the Frenchman was not at fault and had to slow down for reasons that were out of his control.

Meeke is after a good result to maintain second in the manufacturers' championship with his Citroen Total Abu Dhabi team.