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Tour De Corse 2018: Ogier secures the win with a champions drive

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Sebastien Ogier confirms victory at Tour De Corse in his continued World Rally Championship title defense.

Steady runs in the remaining two stages meant the Frenchman took his third win of the 2018 season despite Ott Tanak eating into his lead on stage 11.

Tanak took the win in the long 55.17km stage 11 and pulled away from Thierry Neuville in second position and went on to move further in front at the end of the running. Neuville finished the weekend in third place, holding on after picking up damage to his wheel in the final stage.

Saturday’s star, Esapekka Lappi picked up a puncture in the long first stage and dropped down the order, finishing sixth overall after taking the power stage win.

The battle between Dani Sordo and Elfyn Evans continued over the two stages with Evans closing the gap between them in stage 11 but wasn’t able to close it any further in the final stage which meant Sordo secured fourth and Evans fifth.

Andreas Mikklesen continued to struggle with set up and had to settle for seventh.

The two Citroen drivers, Sebastien Loeb and Kris Meeke, were running under the Rally 2 rules after both having offs on the previous two days but both put in competitive times in the final stages with Meeke being able to pick up ninth overall.

WRC2 winner Jan Kopecky took eighth overall and runner up Yoann Bonato closed out the top 10.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Bryan Bouffier didn’t return for the final day after retirements on Saturday.

Ogier extends his championship lead over Neuville going into the next round, Rally Argentina, in three weeks’ time.

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