Rally Finland 2013

There’s just no stopping Sebastien Ogier this year. He has won Rally Finland for the first time – an achievement he described as “a dream come true” – ahead of the up-and-coming M-Sport pair of Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg. Citroen’s top man Mikko Hirvonen had to settle for fourth, the highest placing Finn.

This is Ogier’s fifth and Volkswagen’s sixth WRC victory in this season’s eight rounds so far. In the three he didn’t win, Ogier finished second to fellow Frenchman Sebastien Loeb twice in Monte Carlo and Argentina, and fell foul of a fuel feed problem to finish tenth in Greece. His teammate Jari-Matti Latvala won that round for Volkswagen.

It’s looking bleak for Ogier’s rivals in the race for the driver’s championship. With just five rounds to go, he holds a commanding 90-point lead over joint second placers Latvala and Neuville, who each has just 91 points next to Ogier’s 181. Citroen’s challenge is trailing away, with Hirvonen and Dani Sordo losing touch in fourth and fifth places.

Volkswagen looks set to clinch both the driver’s and manufacturer’s titles in its first full season in WRC with the VW Polo R. Rallye Deutschland, the team’s home event, is the next round up in less than two weeks’ time.