Ogier wins in some style

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French­man im­presses with his de­sire to suc­ceed

You have to feel slightly sorry for Dani Sordo on Rally Spain last week­end. The Hyundai ace did just about ev­ery­thing that was re­quired of him to land a dream re­sult in front of his ador­ing coun­try­men, but there was one man he couldn’t stop.

Se­bastien Ogier’s in­sis­tence that he bat­tled for a rally win, which was more than enough for him to land an­other world ti­tle, is ad­mirable. There would be no back­ing off for him. He wanted to sign off with a flour­ish and that is pre­cisely what he did with a stun­ning charge to stand on top of the podium.

After his Volk­swa­gen team-mate An­dreas Mikkelsen crashed, there was a pur­pose in his speed too. It wasn’t just about his per­sonal pride at want­ing to land the crown with a win. He knew that the team needed the points from a vic­tory to stay ahead in the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ race too.

That marks an­other rar­ity in a racer: the abil­ity to think about more than just him­self. It is yet an­other mark of the qual­ity of the man. Matt James, Ed­i­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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