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Sébastien Ogier has decided to maintain his dispute against Thierry Neuville at the World Rally Championship after losing some important points in an incident at Rally Germany.

The current champion had a frustrating moment at the tarmac stages in Germany with a slashed tire at the Panzerplatte Saturday afternoon stage, which left him on the ninth place, after having been on second.

The French Driver won the Power Stage that was broadcasted live on television on Sunday, a stage where he managed to recover and get fourth, but Neuville’s second place left him unable to close the gap with his rival. This issue allowed the Hyundai Motorsport driver to extend his competitive edge at the championship with two more points. The difference between them is now of 23, with four more rounds of 2018 to go.

“Thanks to the Power Stage we got 17 precious points, which saved our weekend a little. Even though the points difference in the championship hasn’t changed for us, we’ve still got our chance and are determined to keep fighting,” Ogier explained.

The M-Sport World Rally Team driver said he had no choice but to stop and change the flat tire of his Ford Fiesta, despite knowing such loss of time would put an end to his struggle for the rally leadership.