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Ogier wins Rally Japan


Sebastien Ogier faught off a strong challenge from Petter Solberg to take the top spot in Rally Japan

Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier won the Rally of Japan, the 10th leg of the 13-round World Rally Championship.

The Frenchman covered the 26 stages 15.7 seconds quicker than fellow Citroen driver Solberg.

Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland finished third in his Ford Focus, while Citoren's overall championship leader Sebastien Loeb finished in fifth place.

It was Ogier's second win of the season, following his victory at the Rally of Portugal in May.

"It's amazing really and I'm really happy," said Ogier, who started the day with a 5.4-second deficit from Solberg.

Loeb, who was the fastest in four stages, collected 10 points from the Rally of Japan for a total of 201 points, keeping him ahead of Ogier's 158 and Latvala on 132 points.

Meanwhile, Kiwi driver Haydon Paddon finished Rally Japan and managed to hold onto his second PWRC position and 12th overall.

He finished 2 minutes and 45 seconds behind the leader, Swede Patrick Flodin.

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