Frenchman Ogier wins Monte Carlo Rally for a record 8th win
Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally for a record eighth time on Sunday, breaking the previous best mark he shared with countryman Sebastien Loeb.It was the seven-time world champion Ogiers 50th career win in what will be his final full season.The Toyota Yaris driver beat team rival Elfyn Evans by 32.6 seconds with Belgian driver Thierry Neuville 113.5 behind Ogier in third place.Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia stood on top of their car as they celebrated.Its the rally Ive won the most.PTI | Monaco | Updated: 24-01-2021 20:39 IST | Created: 24-01-2021 20:39 IST
It was the seven-time world champion Ogier's 50th career win in what will be his final full season.
Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia stood on top of their car as they celebrated.
“It's the rally I've won the most. It is always special winning here,'' the 37-year-old Ogier said. ''It's the rally which made me dream since I was little.” Ogier won Sunday's first stage in icy conditions to extend his overnight lead to 21 seconds over Evans.
Although the Welshman clawed back one second on the next stage — won by the Hyundai driver Neuville — Ogier was in dominant form on the day's third special and won it to lead by 28 seconds going into the final stage.
Evans had a glimmer of hope when he led Ogier by 7 seconds on Friday night. But that was after Ogier sustained a flat tire during that afternoon on snowy roads, and Evans acknowledged he could not sustain enough pressure.
“It's been good, but just not 100 percent as it should have been,” he said. “Never consistently where I liked to be.” Overall, drivers completed 258 kilometers (160 miles) over 14 stages in a shorter edition of the race, which was held without fans on the roadside because of the coronavirus.
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