Coffs Harbour, Australia - World Rally Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier (of France) won all six road stages at Rally Australia on Friday to take a commanding overall lead and leave him in a strong position to clinch the series title over the weekend.
Ogier, who also won a special stage Thursday on the opening night, has an elapsed time after eight of 22 stages of 56 minutes, 5.9 seconds.
Finland's Mikko Hirvonen was 18.4 seconds behind in second, followed by Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke, 25.9 seconds behind.
There were two special combined asphalt/gravel stages in Coffs Harbour scheduled for later on Friday. The 354km rally ends on Sunday.
Ogier, who drives a Volkswagen Motorsport entry, came into the rally with a 75-point lead. There are three events remaining after Australia.
“We can say that the day was perfect,” Ogier said.
Mads Ostberg, in sixth place overall, said he hit a rock so hard that the driver's door of his Ford Fiesta flew open during the eighth stage.
“We almost went off the road into the trees,” Ostberg was quoted as saying on the WRC website.
“It's a good job I hit it sideways because if I had hit it with the front of the car, then that would have been it.” -Sapa-AP