Ogier wins his eighth WRC title as Toyota are also crowned

  • Ogier takes his eighth world rally title
  • Frenchman second to compatriot Loeb in all-time checklist
  • Evans completed runner-up
  • Toyota take producers’ title

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Sebastien Ogier received his eighth world rally championship in 9 years on Sunday whereas the Frenchman’s Toyota crew clinched the producers’ title.

The 37-year-old received the season-ending Monza Rally in northern Italy with Welsh crew mate Elfyn Evans, his solely title rival, ending as runner-up after they have been separated by simply half a second in a single day.

Ogier, who might be going part-time with Toyota subsequent season, lived dangerously when he clipped a concrete barrier on the Monza circuit on Sunday however escaped injury and clinched his fifth win of the season and 54th of his profession

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He is the second most profitable driver within the sport’s historical past after retired nine-times world champion and compatriot Sebastien Loeb.

Nobody else in any FIA-sanctioned world championship has received as many titles as the 2 Frenchmen and Sunday marked the tip of that period of domination as nicely as the tip of the partnership with co-driver Julien Ingrassia.

Ogier and Evans battled for the race lead all through the weekend earlier than the Welshman spun within the penultimate stage with his crew mate then successful by 7.3 seconds. Spaniard Dani Sordo completed third for Hyundai.

The championship ended with Ogier on 230 factors to Evans’s 207 and 176 for Hyundai’s Belgian Thierry Neuville.

Toyota received the producers’ battle with 522 factors to Hyundai’s 463.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ed Osmond

Rallying - World Rally Championship - Safari Rally Kenya - June 27, 2021 - French Toyota driver Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia in action during Malewa stage near Naivasha. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya