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Sébastien Ogier

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Career Summary

Info

Nationality:  FRA
Date of Birth: 17.12.1983
Age: 33
Birthplace: Gap, Hautes-Alpes
First Rally: 2008, Mexico
Rally Wins: 38
Website: www.sebastien-ogier.com/fr/

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 1
Car: Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Team: Volkswagen Motorsport
Co-driver: Julien Ingrassia
Points: 268
Standing: 1
Rally Wins: 6
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 11

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Here’s what makes him special:

• Determined, ruthless and hugely ambitious, Ogier took his third consecutive drivers' title with eight wins in 2015.

• 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 Citroen

• Volkswagen's golden boy, he took a year out of top-flight rallying in 2012 to help develop its Polo R World Rally Car

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.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25+3
Rally Sweden WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25+3
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Julien Ingrassia 2. 18+3
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Julien Ingrassia 2. 18+1
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Julien Ingrassia 3. 15+3
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Julien Ingrassia 3. 15+3
73rd PZM Rally Poland WRC Julien Ingrassia 6. 8+3
Neste Rally Finland WRC Julien Ingrassia 24. 0
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25+1
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25+1
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25+2
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Julien Ingrassia 1. 25
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Julien Ingrassia 2. 18+3

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