The battle for the 2011 World Rally Championship is set to go down to the final round in Great Britain next month after a dramatic conclusion to Rallye de France Alsace today left the leading trio of drivers covered by three points.

French ace Sebastien Ogier, in a factory Citroen DS3 WRC, made the most of team-mate and championship leader Sebastien Loeb’s Friday exit to claim his first victory on home soil. In doing so the 27-year-old slashed Loeb’s title advantage to three points, courtesy of the 25 points he secured for winning the rally and the solitary point he landed for going third quickest on the event-closing Power Stage through Loeb’s hometown of Haguenau.

Mikko Hirvonen, who finished fourth for the works Ford team, is equal on points with Ogier to make it a three-way battle for championship honours.


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