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Ogier claims title, Paddon finishes eighth in Britain

Ogier claims title, Paddon finishes eighth in Britain”

Four-time reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier needs only to safely navigate his way through the final five stages overnight tonight to claim his fifth-straight world title.

The Wales Rally GB win also went to an M-Sport driver - Elfyn Evans who marked his first WRC win in his home country.

Ogier is now outright second for most championships, passing Finns Tommi Makinen and Juha Kankkunen, while he sits four adrift of Sebastien Loeb.

New Zealand driver Hayden Paddon finished the Rally Great Britain, his first WRC event after being dropped for Spain, in eighth place. The cars have looked mega this year, and while Ogier has taken the title with a round to spare (Rally Australia's in a couple of weeks), he hasn't stormed to victory.

"There is something attractive about that and I have to say that this was the strongest feeling of emotion that I have ever experienced in my professional life".

"This year has been complicated but have it at the end, it is awesome, responded the driver, in tears".

"All our titles mean a lot, but this one came after a very hard fight".

"Twelve months ago, we chose to take what could have been considered a risk", he said.

Ogier, who drives a Ford Fiesta, has an unassailable 215 points, ahead of Belgian Neuville (183) and his Estonian team-mate Ott Tanak (169).



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