Sebastien Ogier Wins His Eighth World Rally Championship Title


Sebastien Ogier Wins His Eighth World Rally Championship Title

Sebastien Ogier went four WRC seasons without a championship. Then, when he debuted the Volkswagen Polo R WRC car in 2013, that changed very quickly. He won four straight titles with Volkswagen, then two straight with M-Sport’s Ford program. A brief return to Citroen in 2019 saw him finish a disappointing third, but he came back to championship form with Toyota’s GR Yaris program last year, his seventh. After winning this weekend’s Rally Monza for that program, he now has his eighth title in nine years.

It was an interesting season for Ogier, who started typically hot with four wins in the year’s first six rallies. One of those wins was an all-timer, a narrow win in the Croatia Rally despite crashing into a road car between stages. Then, that success turned cold very quickly. Ogier failed to finish better than third in any of the next five rallies, even as his Toyota teammates Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanpera combined for three wins. It opened the door for Evans to have a shot in the season-ending Rally Monza, but Ogier got back to form to win the event and take his eighth title.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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