Mikkelsen had been under intense pressure with an overnight lead of just 2.0 seconds and the four-time world champion breathing down his exhaust, but this was relieved when Ogier spun on the second stage of the day, Bucca16, and the gap opened to more than 22 seconds.
Although Ogier won the final two stages in characteristic fighting style, he was still 14.9sec short when the rally finished on the Wedding Bells stage just north of Coffs Harbour.
Belgium’s Thierry Neuville finished third a further 57.7sec behind in his Hyundai, but this was good enough to confirm his second place in the 20167 standings, just ahead of Mikkelsen.
Results, Kennards Hire Rally Australia (provisional):
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