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Sport Ogier takes record eighth Monte Carlo win and 50th WRC victory

20:37  24 january  2021
20:37  24 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Sébastien Ogier took a huge step towards securing a historic eighth Rallye Monte - Carlo win on Victory on the middle of today’s three stages enabled Thierry Neuville to close within a whisker in his Monte - Carlo countdown - rally route. The shortest Rallye Monte - Carlo (21 - 24 January) ever

(Reuters) - Seven-time world champion Sebastien Ogier was poised for a record eighth Monte Carlo rally success after taking the lead from Toyota team mate Elfyn Evans in the During Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz, Steph Curry moved one step closer toward taking Ray Allen's title.

(Reuters) - Seven-times world rally champion Sebastien Ogier celebrated the 50th victory of his career by winning the Monte Carlo season-opener for a record eighth time on Sunday.

a close up of Sebastien Ogier: World Rally Championship - Rally Finland © Reuters/LEHTIKUVA World Rally Championship - Rally Finland

The Frenchman, who was born and grew up in Gap where the rally is based, beat Welsh team mate Elfyn Evans by 32.6 seconds in a Toyota one-two.

Last year's winner Thierry Neuville of Belgium denied the Japanese manufacturer a podium sweep with third place for Hyundai.

Ogier, whose eight wins have been with five different manufacturers, had previously been level with compatriot and nine-times world champion Sebastien Loeb with seven Monte Carlo rally wins each.

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Ogier went on to take his debut WRC victory in the next event, the Rally de Portugal. Keeping the momentum from his performances in Turkey and He won Monte Carlo to take the lead of the WRC drivers championship , but a lowly 10th position in Sweden opened the door for rival Thierry Neuville

Sébastien Ogier took a huge step towards securing a historic eighth Rallye Monte - Carlo win on Saturday after recapturing the lead to head a clean France’s Yohan Rossel in 12th overall leads the FIA WRC 3 class with a significant advantage over fellow countrymen Yohann Bonato (+2min 00.2sec)

One of Ogier's wins, in 2009, came when the rally was part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge rather than the world championship.

The 37-year-old reigning world champion took a maximum 30-point haul from this year's asphalt event in the French Alps, run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after also winning the final power stage for five bonus points.

"The car has been amazing. I really enjoyed the weekend, it has been such a pleasure. I almost have tears in my eyes now and it was a good decision to do one more year," said the Frenchman, co-driven by compatriot Julien Ingrassia.

Ogier had planned to retire last year but decided to stay for one more year because he wanted to leave after a proper season and not one ravaged by the pandemic.

Estonian Ott Tanak, whose rally ended on Saturday, had led after Thursday's first two stages and then Evans was in front on Saturday.

Finland's Kalle Rovanpera was fourth for Toyota with Spaniard Dani Sordo fifth for Hyundai and Japana's Takamoto Katsuta sixth in a Toyota.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ken Ferris and Christian Radnedge)

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