For a pre-retiree, he still has beautiful leftovers! The French driver Sébastien Ogier, who had decided, in 2020, to postpone the end of his career by one year and to play in 2021 a final season, started it on the hats of wheels. On Sunday January 24, driving a Toyota, he won the Monte-Carlo rally, the first round of the WRC world championship.
Little extra pleasure, this is his 50e victory in rally and, above all, his 8e success on this test. A record. At 37, the seven-time world champion, now exceeds his old rival Sébastien Loeb (7 wins), nine-time world champion on the Monegasque record.
Disputed behind closed doors, this 89e edition of the famous rally, which celebrated the 110e anniversary of its creation, saw Sébastien Ogier win eight special stages out of the fourteen that compose it. He relegated Elfyn Evans, his Toyota teammate but still main rival, at 32.6 seconds, and the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), 3e, more than a minute away.
“I’m super happy, the car was great, it was really a pleasure. I almost have tears in my eyes, I think it was a good decision to do another year! “ he said before The Marseillaise on the podium alongside his co-driver Julien Ingrassia.
With this success in the first race of the season, the Haut-Alpine rider immediately placed himself in a position to claim an 8e world crown and get even closer to Sébastien Loeb’s record (9 titles). Even if the person has rehearsed enough not to make it a goal.