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Sebastien Ogier stays ahead at the Monte Carlo Rally

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Gap (France) (AFP)

World champion Sebastien Ogier, driving an M-Sport Ford Fiesta, held on to first place in Saturday's racing at the Monte Carlo Rally with a 33.5sec lead over Estonia's Ott Tanak in a Toyota Yaris.

Tanak did gain half a second on the Frenchman, who has led since the opening stage. With one day left, Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, also in a Toyota, completes the top three, 1min 32.7sec back.

Spaniard Dani Sordo, who was third, crashed out of the race after driving his Hyundai off the road in the first of the day's five stages.

Standings after third day:

1. Sebastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (FRA/Ford Fiesta) 3h 30min 30.9sec, 2. Ott Tanak-Martin Jarveoja (EST/Toyota Yaris) at 33.5, 3. Jari-Matti Latvala-Miikka Anttila (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 01:32.7, 4. Esapekka Lappi-Janne Ferm (FIN/Toyota Yaris) 04:38.5, 5. Kris Meeke-Paul Nagle (GBR-IRL/Citroën C3) 04:40.1, 6. Elfyn Evans-Daniel Barritt (GBR/Ford Fiesta) 05:00.2, 7. Thierry Neuville-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL/Hyundai i20) 05:33.6, 8. Bryan Bouffier-Xavier Panseri (FRA/Ford Fiesta) 05:43.4, 9. Craig Breen-Scott Martin (IRL-GBR/Citroen C3) 08:49.0, 10. Jan Kopecky-Pavel Dresler (CZE/Skoda Fabia R5) 14:04.4

Stage winners: Ogier 3 (SS1, SS2, SS4), Tanak 4 (SS3, SS6, SS10, SS11), Evans 2 (SS5, SS7), Neuville 3 (SS8, SS12, SS13), Mikkelsen 1 (SS9)

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