WRC - Ogier not plannning to ease off

Sebastien Ogier plans to continue pushing for World Rally Championship victories even though he admits he could already focus on defending his ample points lead.

WRC - Ogier storms into early lead in Italy

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Sebastien Ogier (AFP)

The Frenchman collected his third successive win in Portugal, despite suffering from the flu for the duration of the event, giving him a 54-point lead.

Save for part-time competitor Sebastien Loeb's Monte Carlo Rally win, Ogier has dominated the WRC season so far this year intends for that trend to continue.

"Looking at the championship, maybe it looks easy for me, but Mads [Ostberg] and Dani [Sordo] were very, very fast before their mistakes in Portugal," he said.

"It will be a big fight to keep this kind of result all the year, but now we have a good advantage.

"Now we don't need to win the rallies, but this is not my plan.

"I am a competitor and I like the taste of victory. But I know I have to be clever for the rest of season."

Loeb returns for the next round in Argentina on May 1-4.

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