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WRC Finland: Sebastien Ogier leads as Ostberg and Neuville battle

Sebastien Ogier, VW, Finland WRC 2013Sebastien Ogier maintains a half-minute lead on Rally Finland, as M-Sport team-mates Mads Ostberg and Thierry Neuville fight furiously for second.

Other than on the legendary Ouninpohja, where he was determined to get a stage win, Ogier kept things cool on Saturday morning and managed his advantage.

Anything less than flat-out was not on the agenda for Neuville and Ostberg, though.

Their positions swapped on all four stages, ending up with Ostberg 2.8s ahead of his team-mate coming into the final loop after lunchtime service.

Mikko Hirvonen was unable to keep in touch with the battling Fords in front, but his fourth place is now more secure as Kris Meeke had a 360-degree spin on the day's opening stage.

Sixth-placed Jarkko Nikara also consolidated his position as nearest rival Dani Sordo struggled ever more with confidence in the slippery conditions.

In WRC2, Jari Ketomaa continues to hold a commanding lead over Robert Kubica.

Leading positions after SS17:

Pos  Driver            Team/Car         Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Ogier   VW             3h22m57.9s
 2.  Mads Ostberg      M-Sport Ford       +31.5s
 3.  Thierry Neuville  M-Sport Ford       +34.3s
 4.  Mikko Hirvonen    Citroen            +59.7s
 5.  Kris Meeke        Citroen          +1m39.9s
 6.  Jarkko Nikara     Prodrive Mini    +3m03.1s
 7.  Dani Sordo        Citroen          +4m41.0s
 8.  Evgeny Novikov    M-Sport Ford     +7m52.2s
 9.  Jari Ketomaa      Autotek Ford     +8m23.2s*
10.  Robert Kubica     PH Citroen       +9m57.0s*

* WRC2
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