Last season, Sébastien Ogier became the record holder for the number of victories on the Rallye Monte-Carlo, at the cost of a 9th success (2009, 2014 to 2019, 2021, 2023). Until now, he was on an equal footing with Sébastien Loeb, credited with 8 winner’s trophies (2003 to 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2022).
“It would be something very special”
However, the fine statisticians remember that the first victory of the Gapençais, in 2009, had been acquired outside the framework of the World Championship, when the event moved to the IRC (Intercontinental Rallye Challenge). Thus, in the WRC (World Rally Championship) alone, the two multiple French world champions each have 8 successes to their credit.
This year, Sébastien Ogier can definitively gain the upper hand over his elder, in the event of another triumph, Sunday January 28. Although he does not make it an obsession, the eight-time world champion expressed his desire to achieve this 9th WRC success on the Monte-Carl’, which would therefore be the 10th in total, taking care to do not underestimate the legendary difficulty of this test, having notably passed almost off the road in 2021.
“I am happy to start a new season after all these years and I am grasping this opportunity with both hands. The last two years have been a lot of fun with the team and we have managed to achieve some good results. I think we want to continue on this path for as long as possible and that is the plan for 2024, starting with the Monte-Carlo Rally of course. It is for me an unmissable event and there are a lot of hopes for this first rally. I think this is the rally that needs to be respected more than any other because the conditions can be very difficult, so nothing is guaranteed. Numbers are never my main motivation, but if I could get a 10th victory in this event, it would be something very special.”
— Sébastien Ogier (@SebOgier) January 25, 2024
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To sum up
Winner of the Monte-Carl’ on 9 occasions, including 8 as part of the world championship, Sébastien Ogier can accentuate this record total in the event of further success at the end of the 92nd edition of the winter classic, Sunday January 28. Find out his take on this.
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