Reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier secured his third straight Rally Monte Carlo victory by maintaining his two-minute lead during the final three stages of the event.
Even though he claimed not to have taken any risks on Day 4, Ogier still picked up two stage victories - including in the Power Stage - leaving the season opener with 28 points in his tally.
Having set the pace in the penultimate stage, Andres Mikkelsen kicked off the final run with a lead of 21.6s over Thierry Neuville.
However, the Belgian was suffering from transmission issues and lost over a minute, settling for third behind the Volkswagen 1-2.
Mads Ostberg had a consistent final day to secure fourth on his M-Sport return, followed by Citroen’s Stephane Lefebvre and Dani Sordo, who was only 1.3s slower than Ogier in the Power Stage.
New team DMACK completed its debut with a seventh place by Ott Tanak, who finished ahead of former M-Sport teammate and WRC2 winner Elfyn Evans.
|Pos.||Driver / Co-Driver||Car||Time/Delay|
Thierry NeuvilleNicolas Gilsoul