Sébastien Ogier won his fifth consecutive Monte-Carlo Rally on Sunday, January 29, a record achievement for the 34-year-old. Frenchman Ogier took the lead on Thursday, from Monaco to Gap, and once again his intimate knowledge of the course helped him to victory, despite the challenges of icy patches on the Turini Pass and his brief meeting with a ditch on Saturday morning.
It was Ogier’s sixth Monte-Carlo victory in total, just one short of Sebastien Loeb’s seven wins.
In second place in the event’s 86th edition behind Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, in their Ford Fiesta (which Ogier described as basically the same car he drove in last year’s competition), were Tanak and Jarveoja of Estonia in a Toyota Yaris.
Meeke and Nagle of the UK and Ireland finished fourth in a Ciotroen C3 behind Latvala and Antilla of Finland, also in a Toyota Yaris.
The Monte-Carlo Rally is the opening event in the World Rally Championship; the competition moves next to Sweden, between February 15 and 18.