MONTE CARLO – Seven-time world champion Sebastien Ogier mentioned his fiftieth world rally win which secured a record eighth Monte Carlo rally triumph on Sunday was “priceless”.
The 37-year-old Frenchman, together with co-pilot Julien Ingrassia, mastered snow and ice on the ultimate leg within the mountains above Monaco to move a Toyota Yaris 1-2, ending 32.6 seconds away from team-mate Elfyn Evans.
“If I could have one record, it’s this one I would have signed up for with both hands,” Ogier mentioned.
“It’s at Monte Carlo where I discovered rally, that I had this dream of doing this one day, it’s the one that counts the most. Victory here has no price.
“It’s additionally my father’s birthday so it is a good present for him. It’s a terrific begin to the season,” he added.
Defending champion Thierry Neuville was third, a further 40.9 sec off the pace in his Hyundai i20.
Ogier, from the nearby town of Gap, pipped Evans two months on from edging the Welshman to last season’s overall title.
“Seb was actually robust, it is actually arduous to beat him,” Evans said.
“Unfortunately second place is the most effective we may have claimed this weekend, however it’s a wonderful begin for the workforce,” he added.
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.
The next race of the season, in Finland, starts on February 26.