Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia’s thrilling final stage charge to secure an emotional Rallye Monte-Carlo victory earned the French duo the Anonimo Timing Feat accolade in our prestigious end-of-season awards.
On their return to Citroën Racing, they triumphed in a spellbinding closing stage shootout to claim a sixth consecutive Monte win and Citroën’s 100th WRC victory.
After starting the test with a slender 0.4sec lead over Thierry Neuville, Ogier fell behind at the midpoint before battling back to seal a 2.2sec win – the closest in Monte-Carlo history. It marked a perfect start to the French manufacturer’s centenary celebrations.
“Rallye Monte-Carlo was definitely something special,” Ogier admitted. “In this last stage we were fighting for the win with Thierry and we didn’t know if we had a chance. We were running with a problem on the car and it was very, very close but our fighting spirit paid off.
“We gave everything up to the end and it was definitely very emotional to win that one.”
Algo Madaga, CEO of Anonimo Watches, said: “This Timing Feat Award is very meaningful for Anonimo as it pays tribute to two outstanding pilots who have the mindset and the stamina to fight until the end of the competition.”
Other nominations were Elfyn Evans’ blistering drive through Sunday morning’s opening Eaux de Zilia test in Corsica to regain the rally lead, Kalle Rovanperä’s grand slam of fastest times in WRC 2 Pro in Finland and Andreas Mikkelsen’s clean sweep of stage wins in Italy’s final leg to claim a podium.
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