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Sebastien Ogier has got his 2020 off to the perfect start, winning the shakedown test at Rally Monte Carlo overnight. Ogier set the fastest time on the first run of the stage, with conditions on the stage deteriorating. Thierry Neuville was second quickest followed by Ogier's new Toyota teammate, Elfyn Evans. In his first outing in a World Rally Car, Kalle Rovanpera was seventh quickest, just 2.9 seconds behind the leader.

Gus Greensmith was eighth fastest. Photo: Jaanus Ree

“So far, everything is good and running like we were hoping," Ogier said of the beginning of the event. "Shakedown doesn’t mean much and you don’t need to make any conclusions from the results, but it’s always a good sign if you are in the rhythm already. "I’ve had the chance to have a good amount of testing already in the car before the start of the season. "Of course, there are still some details to learn but the general feeling is there, and the sensations from the test came straight away here in shakedown. "We can be confident heading into the rally, but this is probably the one rally of the season where you need to stay humble at the start as the conditions can make it so tricky.”
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