Motor Sport News - - Defining Moments -

WHERE: RALLY AUS­TRALIA WHEN: NOVEM­BER 18 For four years not much hap­pened in Se­bastien Ogier’s life. He went to work, drove his Volk­swa­gen Polo (faster than any­body else), won ral­lies and, at the end of the sea­son, wore his crown.

Two years ago, all that changed. Volk­swa­gen de­parted and Ogier got busy. He went pri­vate, he kept on win­ning. And when he ex­tended his M-sport deal into 2018, it looked like more of the same after three wins from the first four ral­lies. His lights-to-flag suc­cess in Monte Carlo was an early sea­son high­light given the capri­cious con­di­tions in the Alps this sea­son (re­mem­ber Thurs­day night over the top of Sis­teron?).

Wales was an­other high­light. After a run of three ral­lies with­out a podium, the champ hit back big time when it came to Rally GB. De­spite know­ing that putting the car off the road would likely sig­nal the end of his cham­pi­onship chal­lenge and five-year reign at the top of the WRC, Ogier was sub­lime to edge Jari-matti Lat­vala for the win.

Not only did that fifth GB win put his ti­tle tilt back on track, it also made him the most suc­cess­ful driver in the his­tory of Britain’s WRC round. Just over a month later, five be­came six as Ogier topped the world down un­der. DE

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