OGIER SEALS A SIXTH WORLD TITLE
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