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Ogier edges first day


Sebastien Ogier enjoyed a successful first day

Sebastien Ogier enjoyed a successful first day

Sebastien Ogier enjoyed a successful first day

Newly-crowned double World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has the edge over bitter rival and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala going into day two of Wales Rally GB.

The dominant Volkswagen duo split the eight forest-based stages spread over 145kms, winning four apiece, but with Frenchman Ogier just 6.6secs clear of Finn Latvala.

Such has been their form this season, winning 11 of the 12 rallies to date, at present it is a straight fight between them to the finishing line on Sunday, barring any incidents.

In his final rally, Mikko Hirvonen in his M-Sport Ford is one minute and 13 seconds adrift, leading what would appear to be a four-way battle for the final place on the podium.

Just 20 seconds separate Hirvonen to sixth-placed Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai, with the pair split by Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg.

After a slow start, compounded by a 10-second jump-start penalty ahead of stage one, Meeke was third quickest behind Ogier and Latvala in four of the final five stages.

Stage six, though, proved particularly costly for Meeke as he was only eighth on the timesheet, dropping 17 seconds overall to the leaders.

But going into day two the Northern Irishman is 7.7secs adrift of Hirvonen in his Citroen, with team-mate Ostberg a further 0.7secs down.

Behind Neuville, local hero Elfyn Evans is alone in seventh in his M-Sport Ford, one minute and 50 seconds down on Ogier.