Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier tops Power Stage, wraps up victory

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.

Overall standings:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay
1

Sebastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

VW 3h49m53.1s
2

Andreas Mikkelsen

Anders Jaeger

VW 1m54.5s
3

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul
Hyundai 3m17.9s
4

Mads Ostberg

Ola Floene

Ford 4m47.7s
5

Stephane Lefebvre

Gabin Moreau

Citroen 7m35.6s
6

Dani Sordo

Marc Marti

Hyundai 10m35.5s
7

Ott Tanak

Raigo Molder

Ford 11m39.9s
8

Elfyn Evans

Craig Parry

Ford 18m30.8s
9

Esapekka Lappi

Janne Ferm

Skoda 20m41.0s
10

Armin Kremer

Pirmin Winklhofer

Skoda 20m43.9s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Monte Carlo
Drivers Sébastien Ogier
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport
Article type Leg report