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SÉBASTIEN Ogier headed a Citroën 1-2 finish at Rally Turkey on Sunday afternoon to boost his hopes of a seventh-straight FIA World Rally Championship.

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The Frenchman finished 34.7sec ahead of Esapekka Lappi after more than 300km of rocky mountain road stages to claim his first victory since March and close the gap on championship leader Ott Tänak.

Finland’s Lappi survived a half-spin in his Citroën C3 in the penultimate test to finish 29.8sec clear of Andreas Mikkelsen’s Hyundai i20.

Mikkelsen and fifth-placed Dani Sordo helped Hyundai Motorsport extend its lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing in the manufacturers’ standings.

Tänak won the live TV Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points, but finished only 13thoverall after having to retire from Saturday’s competition with an electrical fault in his Toyota Yaris.

Thierry Neuville drove his i20 to second and four points in the Power Stage and was eighth outright, with Ogier taking three points in third.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Teemu Suninen, driving a Yaris and Ford Fiesta, took two and one point respectively.

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