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Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award report

Stunning maiden win earns Ogier Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award A virtuoso display of speed, courage and determination earned Sebastian Ogier double honours at last weekend's Rally de Portugal. The Citroen driver's stunning maiden World ...

Stunning maiden win earns Ogier Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award

A virtuoso display of speed, courage and determination earned Sebastian Ogier double honours at last weekend's Rally de Portugal.

The Citroen driver's stunning maiden World Rally Championship (WRC) victory on the Algarve after just two years in the top tier of rallying was followed up with the prestigious Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award to complete a remarkable weekend for the Frenchman.

The 'Spirit of the Rally' award, created by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), is presented at each WRC round to mark an outstanding feat of leadership, integrity, respect or teamwork. Ogier's impressive transition through rally's grass roots levels to the very pinnacle of the sport and now a debut WRC win, was judged to have demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and natural skill.

"This has been a perfect weekend. It was a big surprise and we did something special to get this award from ADTA too," commented Ogier. "Our first victory against six times World Champion Sebastian Loeb is unexpected, but I am now confident for the rest of the Championship and look forward to the next rally."

Ogier's Junior World Rally Championship (J-WRC) win in his debut season in that class earned him his first Spirit of the Rally Award in 2008. It is an achievement that will be keenly watched by Abu Dhabi's Junior drivers as they build on their experience in the formative Fiesta SportTrophy International competition.

"Grass roots programmes are essential to the long-term growth and development of any sport, and Ogier's impressive WRC win has demonstrated this to great effect," said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA.

-source: adta

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