February 20, 2024

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Watch Sebastien Ogier’s record eighth Monte Carlo rally win and 50th WRC victory

Seven-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier celebrated the fiftieth victory of his career by winning the Monte Carlo season-opener for a report eighth time on Sunday.

The Frenchman, who was born and grew up in Hole the place the rally is based, conquer Welsh teammate Elfyn Evans by 32.6 seconds in a Toyota one-two.

Very last year’s winner Thierry Neuville of Belgium denied the Japanese company a podium sweep with third put for Hyundai.

Ogier, whose 8 wins have been with five diverse manufacturers, experienced beforehand been stage with compatriot and 9-instances world champion Sebastien Loeb with 7 Monte Carlo rally wins every single.

Julien Ingrassia and Sebastien Ogier (Getty Photographs)

 

A person of Ogier’s wins, in 2009, came when the rally was part of the Intercontinental Rally Obstacle rather than the world championship.

The 37-12 months-old reigning world champion took a utmost thirty-issue haul from this year’s asphalt occasion in the French Alps, operate without the need of spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, immediately after also winning the ultimate energy stage for five bonus factors.

“The automobile has been incredible. I really relished the weekend, it has been these kinds of a satisfaction. I pretty much have tears in my eyes now and it was a very good decision to do one more 12 months,” claimed the Frenchman, co-pushed by compatriot Julien Ingrassia.

Ogier experienced planned to retire past 12 months but made the decision to stay for one more 12 months because he wished to go away immediately after a good season and not one ravaged by the pandemic.

Estonian Ott Tanak, whose rally ended on Saturday, experienced led immediately after Thursday’s very first two stages and then Evans was in front on Saturday.

Finland’s Kalle Rovanpera was fourth for Toyota with Spaniard Dani Sordo fifth for Hyundai and Japana’s Takamoto Katsuta sixth in a Toyota.