Sebastien I he has lost the throne of the Principality. Sebastien II has equaled Loeb in World Cup triumphs at the Monte Carlo Rally, seven, but Ogier actually beats him already by adding the victory he achieved in 2009, year in which it was not scored. Understandable therefore its explosion of joy on the Monegasque podium, the most coveted of the year, in which it could be his last participation. If you definitely withdraw, He will do it as king of the test.
For the seven-time champion the appointment that traditionally opens the season is special. Not only for being the most mediatic and important of the year. Also because it is his home test as it has been held for several years in his hometown, Gap. Perhaps that is why he has been overcoming one by one of all the obstacles that have arisen, first with brake problems, then with a puncture, and has put all the meat on the grill to crown himself once more in his proof.
The Frenchman demonstrated your satisfaction at the end of the test: “It wasn’t a bad ending to the weekend! The car has been incredible, it has been a pleasure to pilot it. I almost have tears in my eyes and I think It was a good decision to continue for another year. The team is fantastic, many thanks to all of them. Jari Matti Latvala, welcome boss for the win! “
A special triumph also for Toyota, that returns to the top of a podium that they have not visited since 1998 they did it hand in hand with Carlos Sainz. And they have also celebrated it in a big way, with a double, since Elfyn Evans has ended up behind her partner’s back. The Welshman was the only one who put him in trouble, but he had to surrender to the superiority shown by the French.
Thierry Neuville saved Hyundai furniture by complete the podium, to which he arrived after suffering Kalle rovanpera a puncture and get over it. Dani Sordo also added some important points for the Korean brand with its fifth place in his last career with Carlos del Barrio. The Cantabrian couple have a bye waiting for what a future may hold for them that will surely rejoin their paths. The doors of the number 6 i20 WRC are now open to Borja Rozada, which will presumably debut at Rally Croatia in April.
1. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), 2h 56m 33.7
2. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 32.6
3. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), 1: 13.5
Four. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), at 2: 33.6
5. Deaf-Del Barrio (Hyundai), at 3: 14.2
World of pilots
1. Sebastien Ogier, 30 points
2. Elfyn Evans, 21
3. Thierry Neuville, 17
Four. Kalle Rovanpera, 16
5. Dani Sordo, eleven