Ogier bags record 8th Monte Carlo rally title

Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco) (AFP) –


Seven-time world champion Sebastien Ogier celebrated a 50th world rally win by securing a record eighth Monte Carlo rally on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Frenchman, along with co-pilot Julien Ingrassia, mastered snow and ice on the final leg in the mountains above Monaco to head a Toyota 1-2, finishing 32.6sec clear of team-mate Elfyn Evans.

Defending champion Thierry Neuville was third, a further 40.9sec off the pace in his Hyundai i20.

In winning the 89th edition of the Monte Carlo rally, held with no fans in accordance to coronavirus protocols, Ogier outdid compatriot Sebastien Loeb, the nine-time world champion who won the rally seven times.