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World Rally Championship: Sebastien Ogier clinches record eighth Monte Carlo win

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Sebastien OgierToyota's Sebastien Ogier won with co-driver Julien Ingrassia

Sebastien Ogier clinched a record eighth victory at Monte Carlo in the World Rally Championship's season-opening event.


The Frenchman led by 13 seconds heading into day four and despite snow and ice he finished 32.6 seconds ahead.

Welshman Elfyn Evans, Ogier's Toyota team-mate, finished second, with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville third.

Ogier's season is off to a perfect start as he won the power stage to add five bonus points to his maximum score.

"That's not a bad end to the weekend! The car has been amazing – it's been such a pleasure," Ogier said. "I almost have tears in my eyes and I think it was a good decision to do one more year."

Ogier's 50th WRC win outdid compatriot Sebastien Loeb, the nine-time world champion who won in Monte Carlo seven times.

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Evans was also pleased with his start, despite having led by seven seconds after day two.

"It's been good, but I felt never 100% as it should have been," he said.

"There were some good stages, but never consistently where I'd really like to be. Perhaps we were just a little below the point you could call the level of risk."


1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA-Toyota), 30 points

2. Elfyn Evans (GBR-Toyota), 21 points

3. Thierry Neuville (BEL-Hyundai), 17 points

4. Kalle Rovanpera (FIN-Toyota), 16 points

5. Dani Sordo (ESP-Hyundai), 11 points

6. Takamoto Katsuta (JPN-Toyota), 8 points

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