7 Oct 2013

Ogier wins Rally France

5:17 am on 7 October 2013

Sebastien Ogier of France celebrated his maiden world title by winning his home rally as nine times champion Sebastien Loeb's swansong season ended on a bitter note.

Volkswagen driver Ogier won the event by 12.2 seconds over Spain's Dani Sordo in a Citroen while Finn Jari-Matti Latvala in a Volkswagen took third place.

Ogier won the world title on the first day after his only rival, Belgian Thierry Neuville, failed to claim the power stage at the Rally of France.

On the first stage of the final day, Loeb's Citroen slid off the road in the 15th stage and ended up on its roof in a ditch.

Loeb, who won a record nine world titles from 2004-12, and co-driver Daniel Elena escaped unhurt.

Loeb took part in four rallies this season after saying he would not defend his title in 2013 and won the Monte Carlo Rally and Rally Argentina while taking second place in Rally Sweden.