Neste Oil Rally Finland 2013: Recap of Final Stage and Results

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2013

JYVASKYLA, FINLAND - AUGUST 03: Sebastien Ogier of France and Julien Ingrassia of France celebrate their victory in the final podium during Day Three of the WRC Finland on August 3, 2013 in Jyvaskyla, Finland.  (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)
Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images

The Neste Oil Rally Finland 2013 wrapped up on Saturday, and Day 3 did not have much of an impact on the final standings.

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier entered the final day with a big lead in the standings, and he didn't lose much ground. He lost only three-tenths of a second to Thierry Neuville.

Ogier won for the fifth time this season and for the second consecutive race. He has finished lower than second only once this season. He is closing in on a championship as he has a 90-point lead with five races remaining. 

After building a good lead yesterday, Ogier just had to keep pace with Neuville. He was able to stay right with Neuville and easily won the race.

With the rest of the pack well behind the leaders, it became a game of avoiding huge mistakes. Neither driver did anything to knock himself out of contention, but Neuville landed hard on Day 2  and suffered a tire puncture.

After that the result was never in doubt after Ogier took the lead on the second day.

Neuville had the lead after one day, but he couldn't stay with Ogier throughout the event. Ogier was good enough to hold on after taking the lead on Day 2.

Ogier has put himself in position to win the championship in the next couple of races. It is very unlikely that he can clinch at the next rally in Germany, but there is a slight possibility. After that rally, he will have a better chance to make it official.

Here are the overall standings for the Neste Oil Rally Finland 2013, and the rest of the results can be found at the WRC's official website:

18Sebastien Ogier2:43:10.4
211Thierry Neuville2:43:47.0
34Mads Ostberg2:44:08.0
42Mikko Hirvonen2:44:32.0
53Dani Sordo2:49:18.9
65Evgeny Novikov2:51:50.1
788Jari Ketomaa2:54:29.6
823Per-Gunnar Andersson2:54:51.9
974Robert Kubica2:55:58.5
109Andrea Mikkelsen2:56:52.4
1184Hayden Paddon2:57:23.5
1235Yazeed Al Rajhi3:00:21.0
1378Edoardo Bresolin3:00:21.2
1485J. Salo3:00:55.5
1596Yuriy Protasov3:02:13.2
1693Alexey Lukyanuk3:03:11.1
177Jari-Matti Latvala3:04:48.1
1850Valeriy Gorban3:05:00.7
1979Robert Barrable3:05:30.4
2049Oleksiy Kikireshko3:06:29.1