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Top ten WRC drivers: 3rd and 4th.


After asking you to vote for your leading drivers from the World Rally Championship season, the time has come to start the count-down to the driver you voted the top star of 2008.

Over the next five days, we will be revealing the top ten in reverse order, with two drivers being revealed each day.

After asking you to give each driver a mark out of ten for their performances during the season, each drivers' average score was calculated to decide the winner.

So today, third and fourth places…

WRC Driver of the Year - Fourth place:

Name: Sebastien Ogier
Team: Equipe de France FFSA / Citroen
Car: Citroen C2 S1600 / Citroen C2-R2 MAX / Citroen C4 WRC
Events 6 in JWRC / 8 in WRC in total*
Wins: 3 in JWRC
Podiums (excluding wins): 1 in JWRC
Stage wins: 50 in JWRC
Championship points: 42 points in JWRC*
Championship position: 1st in JWRC*

* Ogier also competed in Finland (in a C2-R2 MAX) and in Wales (in a C4 WRC). He also incidentally scored a 'senior' WRC point on his debut in Mexico, when he was eighth overall in his C2 S1600.

Sebastien Ogier was extremely impressive in his debut season in the Junior World Rally Championship and in the end it was no surprise that he took the J-WRC crown.

The Frenchman, who topped the standings throughout, managed four podiums - including winning in Mexico, Jordan and Germany. He also notched up 50 stage wins - more than double that of his nearest rival, Martin Prokop.

As a reward for his success in the J-WRC, he was also handed an outing in a Citroen C4 WRC car in Wales and the youngster flew - winning his very first stage and leading overall until SS6.

While he crashed out on day two, he did more than enough to make his mark and that he has been voted fourth just goes to show that.

WRC Driver of the Year - Third place:

Name: Jari-Matti Latvala
Team: BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Car: Ford Focus RS WRC
Events 15
Wins: 1
Podiums (excluding wins): 5
Stage wins: 52
Championship points: 58 points
Championship position: 4th

Results: 12th on the Monte (finished under SupeRally), 1st in Sweden (first WRC win), 3rd in Mexico, 12th in Argentina, 7th in Jordan, 3rd in Sardinia, 7th in Greece, 2nd in Turkey, 38th in Finland (under SupeRally after error in SS3), 9th in Germany, retired in NZ (accident), 6th in Spain (under Stobart banner), 4th in France (under Stobart banner), 2nd in Japan, 2nd in Wales.

Jari-Matti Latvala became the youngest winner in the history of the World Rally Championship, following his victory in Sweden at the age of 22 - in only his second event with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT.

While he had some tough times, with three crashes in as many events in August, he bounced back and, despite being demoted to the Stobart line-up in Spain and France, re-discovered his confidence.

Indeed, he finished the season very strongly, with two second place finishes in succession in Japan and Wales, the latter his sixth top-three result of the year. He could well have won in GB too, but was overhauled right at the end by a certain Mr Loeb…

Tomorrow: Who did you vote first and second?


Related Pictures

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Podium, Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C2 S1600. J-WRC 2008 champions
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Monza, [Credit: Hyundai Motorsport]
Podium 1st Australian - Molly Taylor (AUS) Bill Hayes (AUS) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

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stoner - Unregistered

December 23, 2008 12:37 PM

I had voted Latvala, because he''s the only driver to have matched or surpassed Loeb''s speed on gravel and snow. he developped much more than any other driver compared to last year. Look at his speed on gravel on his 1st works team compared to Sordo (2nd year in full works team), Mikko (3year in full works team), Chris (4th yearin full works team ), Petter (8th season in full works team), he''s outpaced every one. Hope next season he will have more consistency bcoz the speed is on top. Go Latvala.....



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