Mikkelsen holds 2 second lead in Rally Australia

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SYDNEY (AP) Andreas Mikkelsen will take a two second lead over teammate and world champion Sebastien Ogier into the final day of Rally Australia as Volkswagon tries to quit the World Rally Championship with a one-two finish in the drivers standings.

Norway’s Mikkeslen began the second day of the season-ending rally with a 15.4 second lead over Ogier but saw that advantage whittled down after suffering a clutch malfunction near the end of Saturday’s 16th stage.

He lost 9.8 seconds to Ogier as he finished the stage with the clutch pressed against the brake pedal, saying “I’m driving with the brakes on all the time.”

After 18 of the rally’s 23 stages, Mikkelsen had a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 6.2 seconds, two seconds faster than Ogier with New Zealand’s Haydon Paddon a further 10 seconds back in a Hyundai.