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Ogier wins in Portugal

Volkswagen's Sebastian Ogier increased his lead at the summit of the World Rally Championship standings on Sunday.

Ogier eased to a dominant victory in Portugal on Sunday.

The reigning champion went into the final day with a 38-second lead over his rivals and duly paced himself to a third win in four rallies at the start of 2014, eventually coming home 43.2 seconds clear of the M-Sport Ford of Mikko Hirvonen.

Ogier also won the race-closing power stage to take maximum bonus points and establish a 29-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings over VW team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, whose Portuguese hopes were ended by a crash on Friday.

The win was also an eighth in succession for the VW Polo - matching a record set by Citroen three seasons ago.

"Portugal is a place I love to drive," Ogier, who has now won the Rally de Portugal four times from five attempts, said on wrc.com.

"I had a good battle with Mikko for a big part of the rally, and I had good tyre management on every stage yesterday afternoon and that made the difference. To save my tyres, I didn't push like crazy.

"It wasn't an easy one and Mikko pushed really hard, but in the end another win and a maximum with the power stage too. Perfect."

Mads Ostberg finished third in a Citroen, 30 seconds down on Hirvonen, whose hopes of victory were ruined when he lost huge amounts of time on failing tyres on Saturday's final three stages.

Andreas Mikkelsen came through for fourth ahead of Henning Solberg, with Martin Prokop rounding out the top six.

Hyundai's Dani Sordo was only major casualty of Sunday's running, the Spaniard retiring with a broken driveshaft.