M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia secured their sixth FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers – coming out on top after a dramatic final-day showdown at Kennards Hire Rally Australia. This year’s championship has been the most exciting in years, but Ogier, Ingrassia and M-Sport Ford produced something special once again – speed, determination and outstanding team spirit all contributing to another very successful year for the Cumbrian squad.
Wilson: The way Ogier and Ingrassia fought back over the last three events was incredible
“I can tell you that this championship really does mean a lot. Two months ago it wasn’t looking good, but when you have Sébastien and Julien in your team you know that anything is possible”, Team Principal Malcolm Wilson said.
“The way they fought back over the last three events was incredible. I am so proud of all we have achieved together. We will certainly miss them next year. But this was a proper team effort and I have to say that every single member of the team played their part in the result.”
? @SebOgier – “I’m so proud of my team – you are the best – and we had such an amazing time together!” We’re all proud of you too Champ!! #WRC #FordPerformance #RallyAustralia pic.twitter.com/PozAJnuG0c
— M-Sport (@MSportLtd) November 18, 2018
“I would also like to congratulate Ott [Tanak] and Thierry [Neuville] on such a fantastic championship battle over the course of the season. We know first-hand how competitive they are. It really was a pleasure to watch the world’s three best drivers do battle right down to the wire.”
“The sport is in fantastic shape at the moment, and I think everyone involved should be proud.”
Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsport, Mark Rushbrook, added: “Huge congratulations to Sébastien and Julien on winning a remarkable sixth FIA World Rally Championship title – their second in the fantastic Ford Fiesta WRC. This achievement was the result of a great team effort throughout the whole season. Everyone at both M-Sport and Ford should be immensely proud.”
When your wife @AndreaKaiser tell you we are going out for dinner… and you end up with the best surprise ever to celebrate my @OfficialWRC title number 6! ?????#BestWifeInTheWorld #Friends #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/PpFbvlSts8
— Sébastien Ogier (@SebOgier) November 20, 2018