Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier clinched the World Rally Championship after coming oh so close on the Coffs Coast during the Coates Hire Rally Australia.
Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier clinched the World Rally Championship after coming oh so close on the Coffs Coast during the Coates Hire Rally Australia. Geoff Ridder

Ogier crowned new king of World Rally Championship

AFTER the disappointment of missing their respective world titles by just one point at Coates Hire Rally Australia three weeks ago, Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are now world champions.

The Volkswagen pairing claimed the title after winning Rally de France on the biggest weekend of their respective careers.

He won by 12.2sec from Dani Sordo, revitalised in his Citroen DS3 following his win in Germany in August. Jari-Matti Latvala was a further 7.3sec behind in another Polo R, both having led before Ogier took control.

Ogier struggled to contain his emotions as he drove the Power Stage, then the celebrations erupted as he returned to the Volkswagen team service area.

"I am absolutely overjoyed! I could give everyone in the world a big hug," he said.

"The feeling is impossible to describe. To have won the World Championship title in France is an absolute dream come true.

"As a little boy, I used to marvel at the cars and top drivers at the Rally Monte-Carlo with my father in my home town of Gap - and now Julien and I are World Rally Champions."



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