|Date of Birth:||17.12.1983|
|First Rally:||2008, Mexico|
Here’s what makes him special:
• Determined, ruthless and hugely ambitious, Ogier took his fifth consecutive drivers' title in 2017 – despite only taking a pair of wins with six wins in 2016.
• Formerly Volkswagen's golden boy, Ogier showed he was more than capable of adapting to new surroundings at M-Sport in 2017, winning his first event at Rallye Monte-Carlo
• He is the undoubted successor to Sébastien Loeb’s throne, but does not like to be compared to his former rival, with whom he endured a fractious partnership at Citroën
The story so far
A versatile sportsman, Ogier was a ski instructor and professional boules player before he embarked on a rallying career at the age of 22.
Ogier’s path to success mirrored that of nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb: both made their mark in two-wheel-drive, 1600cc Citroëns before stepping up to the big league with the French manufacturer.
Ogier stormed to the FIA Junior World Rally Championship crown in 2008 and a six-round WRC programme with the Citroën Junior Team followed a year later. Despite a succession of accidents, Citroën chiefs stuck by their man and Ogier took victories in Portugal and Japan in 2010.
A place in the main Citroën team was Ogier’s reward for 2011, and he took the fight to team-mate Loeb by winning three rounds early on. However, the season turned sour in Germany where he was instructed not to challenge Loeb for the lead. Unwilling to accept a supporting role in the team, he signed to Volkswagen’s fledgling WRC squad in 2012, driving an S2000-spec Skoda in preparation for a World Rally Car programme the following year.
It was a move that paid off. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Ogier was crowned as the new World Rally Champion after taking nine rally wins and smashing the team’s modest expectations at the same time.
The success story continued with further titles in 2014 and 2015, the Frenchman claiming eight wins in each campaign. His third straight title earned membership to an exclusive club of just four drivers who have won the world title more than twice.
He clinched title number four at Wales Rally GB 2016, but celebrations were short-lived when, two days later, Volkswagen announced it would end its WRC programme at the end of the year.
Suddenly, when the 2017 driver market had seemed settled, the reigning world champion was available – and in demand. He tested Toyota’s Yaris and the Ford Fiesta before deciding to go with M-Sport for 2017.
It proved a great decision. A win at Rallye Monte-Carlo got Ogier’s season off to a dream start and he went on to finish on the podium a further eight times. His fifth WRC title was guaranteed with a round remaining.
After admitting his title-winning success with M-Sport was one of his most satisfying moments in the WRC, he promptly re-signed with the British squad to defend his title.