Teammate Ogier won Monte’s classic race for a record eighth time.
Toyota Sebastien Ogier made a sporting history over the weekend when he won the Monte Carlo Rally, which opened the World Series, for a record eighth time. Ogier’s teammate Kalle Rovanperä drove fourth after losing to a race winner for over two and a half minutes.
Toyota’s double victory in the World Rally Opening Rally was secured Elfyn Evans. The third was Hyundain Thierry Neuville minute and 20 seconds before Rovanpera.
Rovanperä left in third place on the final day, but a puncture in the first special stage of the day dropped him to fourth. The young Finn took second place in the Power Stage special stage, which ended the competition, and significantly increased his World Cup points account.
The last one the good pace of the special stage was even a small surprise for Rovanpera, as he said in an interview at the end of the World Championship that he had already made sure.
“It wasn’t a special time, I didn’t take risks. The weekend was nice by the way, but a better investment fell into a few unfortunate things, ”Rovanperä summed up.
His prize was destined for the 12th special stage of the race.
“There was something at the beginning of the special stage, I don’t know if it was loose or something else. I didn’t see it, Rovanperä described the situation, ”where he lost to the top for almost a minute.
Dominant and a total of seven-time world champion Ogier will manage Monte Carlo as the winner in a row in 2014-19. For the first time, he won the Classic Rally 2009.
Monte’s traditional rally was Toyota’s team manager for those who started in the World Series Jari-Matti to Latvala feather hat. The rankings of the Japanese stable at the top of the competition 1, 2 and 4 speak for themselves. In addition, a Japanese Toyota driver Takamoto Katsuta was in the sixth.
The World Cup series continues from 26 to 28. February in Rovaniemi.