Ogier won 2017 Rally Monte Carlo

Ogier won 2017 Rally Monte Carlo

Sébastien Ogier, Rally Monte Carlo
Sebastien Ogier competes during the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 in Monte Carlo / Source: Red Bull Media House

Sébastien Ogier won Rally Monte Carlo, first round of the World Rally Championship for 2017. That is a fourth consecutive triumph for the Frenchman at that race. It is also first win for his new team M-Sport and it is taken in their first event together.

“To win with M-Sport at the 1st race after 1 month of preparation is amazing! Thank you so much to the team, you deserve this victory”, were Ogier’s first words after the final. “It doesn’t mean the season will be easy, we know we have to keep working hard, but at least we start with a lot of points so we’re happy!”

Sébastien Ogier: “To win with M-Sport at the 1st race after 1 month of preparation is amazing!”

Ott Tänak had engine problems during the last day of the rally. The Estonian managed to get to the finish, while losing only one position. Jari-Matti Latvala took second, giving Toyota a podium in the its first race after a 17-year absence from the WRC.

Thierry Neuville was fastes in the Power stage, followed by Stephane Lefebvre and Juho Hanninen. They take five, four and three bonus points respectively. Elfyn Evans and Dani Sordo – fourth and fifth in the stage – took two and one point.

Final standings:

1. S. Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC 4:00:03.6
2. J. M. Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2:15.0min
3. O. Tanak Ford Fiesta WRC +2:57.8
4. D. Sordo Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +3:35.8
5. C. Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +3:47.8
6. E. Evans Ford Fiesta WRC +6:45.0
7. A. Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +9:32.7
8. J. Kopecky Skoda Fabia R5 +12:58.1
9. S. Lefevbre Citroen C3 WRC +14:43.8
10. B. Bouffier Ford Fiesta R5 +16:16.4
11. P. Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +16:16.4
12. E. Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 +19:28.5
13. Q. Gilbert Ford Fiesta R5 +21:09.5
14. O. Burri Ford Fiesta R5 +27:16.0
15. Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +30:52.5