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Rally: Sebastien Ogier's tire gamble pays off in Australia

From WRC.com

Sebastien Ogier gambled on the right tires going into the afternoon stages in Australia.

Betting against the weather forecast, Ogier went with a dry condition set up on his Polo R WRC and was rewarded.

He was able to wipe off the 4.1 second lead his VW teammate Jari-Matti Latvala, who went for a wet set up, had built up over the morning stages.

Sébastien Ogier VW Polo R WRC Australie WRC
Sébastien Ogier, VW Polo R WRC (Photo: WRI2)

"It was all about tire choice this afternoon," admitted Ogier.

"The meteo was very unsure and there was a risk of thunderstorms, but finally it stayed dry. We had to use one soft tire but Jari-Matti had to use two so it was even harder for him.

"The car moved a little bit and oversteered in right corners but you have to keep that in mind and be a bit cautious," he added.

Six stages remain before the end of Rally Australia. Ogier leads Latvala by 11.8 seconds.