Eight seconds. Not much, but enough. In all honesty, more than enough. With less than six miles to run, Sebastien Ogier was safe. Risk and reward once again stepped in to make an irrelevance of the powerstage on last week's Rally Australia.
Sitting in the press office watching Ogier go off the line and onto the final stage in Wedding Bells, I pondered the ramifications of the last few days. Flanked by some of the championship's most conservative and cynical hacks, I couldn't resist a moment of devilment.
"This one's in the bag then..." I ventured as the number one Polo was powered into the stage. "Jari-Matti's got no hope of doing eight seconds in here."