Ogier wins Monte Carlo for third year in a row

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Ogier wins Monte Carlo for third year in a row

Ogier wins Monte Carlo for third year in a row

Triple world champion Sebastien Ogier wins the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally for the third year in a row.

SHOWS: MONTE CARLO, MONACO (JANUARY 24, 2016) (SPORTSMAN MEDIA GROUP – SEE BELOW FOR RESTRICTIONS)

1. AERIAL OF SEBASTIEN OGIER (VOLKSWAGEN, NO. 1) DIVING DOWN ROAD AROUND BEND

2. ON-BOARD WITH OGIER AND CO-DRIVER JULIEN INGRASSIA (POINT OF VIEW)

3. VARIOUS OGIER DRIVING ON STAGE

4. OGIER AND INGRASSIA FINISH THE STAGE, THEY CLIMB ON TOP OF CAR AND RAISE THEIR ARMS IN CELEBRATION

5. AERIAL OF ANDREAS MIKKELSEN (VOLKSWAGEN, NO. 9)

6. ON-BOARD WITH MIKKELSEN AND CO-DRIVER ANDERS JAEGER (POINT OF VIEW)

7. MIKKELSEN DRIVING ON ROAD

8. AERIAL OF THIERRY NEUVILLE (HYUNDAI, NO. 3)

9. ON-BOARD WITH NEUVILLE AND CO-DRIVER NICOLAS GILSOUL

10. VARIOUS NEUVILLE

11. AERIAL OF MADS OSTBERG (FORD, NO. 5)

12. OGIER AND INGRASSIA (CENTRE), MIKKELSEN AND JAEGER (LEFT) AND NEUVILLE AND GILSOUL (RIGHT) ON PODIUM SPRAYING CHAMPAGNE

(OGIER SPEAKING UNDER SHOT OF HIM SPRAYING CHAMPAGNE, SAYING: “It’s fantastic, this rally is the most emotive of the season for me.”)

13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEBASTIEN OGIER, WINNER OF THE 2016 MONTE CARLO RALLY, SAYING:

“It’s so emotional to be there in Monte Carlo. I was dreaming like a kid, I repeat this story all the time but I mean it’s so great, fourth time victory and on such a difficult rally, I’m very happy.”

14. OGIER AND INGRASSIA, MIKKELSEN AND ANDERS JAEGER AND NEUVILLE AND GILSOUL ON PODIUM

STORY: Triple world champion Sebastien Ogier won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally for the third year in a row for Volkswagen on Sunday (January 24).

The Frenchman, who also won the final power stage for three bonus points, finished one minute and 54.5 seconds clear of Norwegian team mate Andreas Mikkelsen with Belgian Thierry Neuville third for Hyundai.

Ogier had started Sunday’s final leg of rallying’s most famous race through the snow and ice of the French Alps with a lead of nearly two minutes and he maintained that comfortably through the final three stages.

His two main challengers had retired on Saturday — Britain’s Kris Meeke damaging the gearbox on his Citroen DS3 while Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala slid into a ditch and broke his Volkswagen’s suspension.

Latvala was also handed a suspended ban and 5,000 euro ($5,395.50) fine after knocking over a spectator at low speed as he skidded off and then continuing briefly before retiring.

The victory was Ogier’s fourth in total in Monte Carlo, the Frenchman having also triumphed in 2009 when it featured as a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge rather than the World Rally Championship.

“It’s so emotional to be there in Monte Carlo. I was dreaming like a kid, I repeat this story all the time but I mean it’s so great, fourth time victory and on such a difficult rally, I’m very happy,” Ogier said.

Result from the Rally of Monaco on Sunday

1. Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen 3:49:53.100

2. Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen +01:54.500

3. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 03:17.900

4. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford 04:47.700

5. Stephane Lefebvre (France) Citroen 07:35.600

6. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 10:35.500

7. Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford 11:39.900

8. Elfyn Evans (Britain) Ford 18:30.800

9. Esapekka Lappi (Finland) Skoda 20:41.000

10. Armin Kremer (Germany) Skoda 20:43.900

(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)

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