Sebastian Ogier proves his class as Kris Meeke finishes 24th

Kris Meeke had a frustrating time in Sardinia
Kris Meeke had a frustrating time in Sardinia

Sebastien Ogier triumphed in the FIA World Rally Championship by winning the latest round in Sardinia.

The Frenchman extended his points lead by winning the four-day rough road event by 3min 05.4sec in a Volkswagen Polo R.

Long-time leader Hayden Paddon secured a career best result in second in a Hyundai i20.

Thierry Neuville took the final podium place in another i20, the Belgian was 4min 22.5sec behind Ogier after demoting Mads Ostberg (Citroen) in the final morning.

Ogier won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points. Jari-Matti Latvala took two and Andreas Mikkelsen one to earn a clean sweep for Volkswagen Motorsport.

Kris Meeke, who had a spectacular accident in his works Citroen on day two, was allowed to restart the event under a special ruling and while getting into the points was a big ask he did set some very impressive special stage times and eventually he was classified 24th.

The accident has dropped him down the leaderboard to seventh in the race for the championship.

Meanwhile, Kenny McKinstry will compete in the Lurgan Park Rally which takes place on Saturday, July 4. The Banbridge driver has been the most successful to date with 11 wins and will be aiming for win number 12.