Sebastien Ogier’s sixth win at Monte Carlo has brought him within one win of equalling the all-time achievement of Sebastien Loeb’s seven wins.
Once again the opinions vary widely. Mastery or Luck?
Certainly luck was strongly on Ogier’s side again. His first stage damage-free spin was a bonus of good fortune on a rally the slightest error can be disastrous.
His second-day slide into a ditch was lucky in that there were spectators to send him on his way.
Sometimes his errors have undeservedly happy endings, sometimes Sebastien finds himself in the right place at the right time.
After two days’ rallying first on the road came the snow – and the top crews were now reseeded into reverse order, and Sebastien was now running in an advantageous position.
As the rally headed into its third day, Ogier’s greatest talents became evident, his self control as Tanak took vital time off him.
His steel nerves told him not to worry, so long as he could enter the final day a half minute in front, which is exactly what was necessary to psychologically deter his nearest rival, Ott Tanak.
The super strategy of a real champion.
Sebastien Ogier mastered the tricky Monte Carlo Rally conditions to take his fifth victory. Photo: Martin Holmes Rallying
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