This weekend, Sébastien Ogier marked the history of his sport a little further by winning the Monte-Carlo rally for the ninth time. On the roads he knew by heart, Gapençais left nothing to his opponents.
Dominating from head to toe, that’s how we can sum up Sébastien Ogier’s rally. Favourite, almost more than the world champion Kalle Rovanperä, the Frenchman assumed his status. Although he’s not a full-time starter, the eight-time world champion is still just as effective behind the wheel. From Thursday night’s stages, Gapençai took the lead. On the legendary road to the Col du Turini, the nine-time rally winner has taken control of the overall standings. Over the next two days, Sébastien Ogier alternated attack and management to maintain Monte-Carl’ leadership on the eve of the final stages.
Forget 2022, this year Ogier has not wavered
Last year, Sébastien Ogier lost the rally in the final stages due to a puncture. Sébastien Loeb took the opportunity to equal the event winners with eight wins. This weekend, the Gap native added a new crown to her purse. Coming back fourteen seconds behind the French, Kalle Rovanperä put pressure on his teammate. But the Toyota driver told all his experience. Winner from the first special on Sunday morning, the tricolor knocked everyone down. With no pressure on the championship, Sébastien Ogier played well placed to gain eighteen seconds on the reigning world champion at the end of four days of racing. There he is, nine times winner of the Monte-Carlo rally.
” This is my rally! »
In stages he could do with his eyes closed, Sébastien Ogier once again wowed the rallying world. The eight-time world champion was obviously pleased to have such a level this weekend. ” It’s huge! Every year I repeat it but I rally! The one who dreamed of me. It’s been a perfect weekend, you have to enjoy those moments, that’s why we’re here, to try and get wins like this. Rally wins like Monte-Carlo are priceless! The Toyota driver also took the opportunity to thank his entire team. ” The car is on top, congratulations to the whole team. We start the season on a high note with a double, which is a good sign. “A luxury freelancer, the Frenchman will have other opportunities during the year to shine in the world rally championship.
A great first for Vincent Landais
Linked to Julien Ingrassia for many years, Sébastien Ogier has been driving with Vincent Landais since the 2022 Japan Rally. Previously with Pierre-Louis Loubet, Nancy brought herself to the level of her new driver. Already on pace in their first joint outing, the Ogier-Landais duo worked hard to win the rally. A first career victory for the French co-driver. ” For me it was the ninth in Monte-Carlo but for him it was the first in the worldwelcome Sébastien Ogier. And honestly, he deserves it. He did great this weekend and last year in Japan. It really works between us in the car. The pressure to earn less, they will be able to continue their cooperation with this less stress. Notice the machine is launched.
Kalle Rovanperä in the 100 club
He also once again marked the history of his sport. By setting the fastest time in the ninth special, Kalle Rovanperä achieved his hundredth victory in a special. At twenty-two years, three months and twenty days, the reigning world champion is the youngest driver to reach this symbolic bar. The Finnish prodigy further increased his capital to a hundred and one by winning the eleventh special. He is still short of beating Sébastien Loeb’s record, which stands at nine hundred and thirty-five.
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