8 OGIER TAKES HIS FOURTH TI­TLE

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WHEN: OCTOBER 16 WHERE: SALOU, SPAIN

There have def­i­nitely been oc­ca­sions in the last four years and 31 wins where Se­bastien Ogier has been able to throt­tle back a bit on his way to vic­tory. Ground­work done, Seb-style cruise con­trol could be sought for a spe­cial Sun­day drive. Not in Spain. Not this time.

Ogier fought tooth and nail in what turned out to be a rain-hit Cata­lan classic. The re­sult was an­other win and an­other ti­tle – but what a way to take num­ber four!

His ef­forts to over­come the con­di­tions made his en­try to the WRC’S most elite club even more fit­ting. In Spain in October, Ogier turned a trio into a quar­tet as he be­came only the fourth driver ever to win four ti­tles – join­ing Se­bastien Loeb, Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Maki­nen at the very top of world ral­ly­ing’s tree.

And Ogier’s fourth success was un­doubt­edly his tough­est. The FIA did all it could to trip the French­man over: forc­ing the se­ries leader (aka, Ogier) first on the road for two days of ev­ery rally meant he spent much of the sea­son with con­sid­er­ably less grip than his ri­vals. You might have heard him men­tion it on oc­ca­sion…

He over­came it and still won. True champ. DE

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