Pure class will al­ways shine

The Monte Carlo Rally re­sult was a fairy­tale for M-sport

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

There was some­thing al­most writ­ten in the stars about Se­bastien Ogier and Julien In­gras­sia’s vic­tory on last week­end’s Monte Carlo Rally.

From the mo­ment the bomb­shell was dropped from VW, who­ever got Ogier’s sig­na­ture on a con­tract was go­ing to have two things: firstly, huge pres­sure, and sec­ondly, a driver at the top of their game.

The Frenchman barely had time to sit in the M-sport car. He barely had time to get the car do­ing the things he wanted, as he proved when he tot­tered straight on at a slow-speed, ice-cov­ered hair­pin. The team re­acted, changed what it could and sent the four-time cham­pion on his way to an­other win. There is a learn­ing process here for both the driver and for the Bri­tish crew too.

And that is the point: this is a partnership that is in its very em­bry­onic stages. There is plenty more to come from both sides. Once they are both singing from the same song­sheet, we can ex­pect some very tune­ful new mu­sic to be played through­out the World Rally Cham­pi­onship. Matt James, Edi­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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