IRC: Ogier tipped for Monte return

Sebastien Ogier set to join fellow WRC regular Mikko Hirvonen and take in the Monte Carlo Rally in January, the opening round in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Citroen Junior Team man Sebastien Ogier is on course to repeat his shock Monte Carlo Rally victory of last January after being linked to a drive in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000.

Ogier, was competing for the BFGoodrich Drivers Team when he won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge season opener almost 12 months ago. It was the French driver's first time in a Super 2000 car and his first time contesting the famous event.

After winning the event, Ogier spoke of his desire to tackle more rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and it seems he may now get his wish.

"It was very exciting to be doing the Monte Carlo Rally. I enjoyed it very much and also the IRC," he said back in January.

Meanwhile former Subaru WRC man Stephane Sarrazin, who is confirmed to run in the IRC season opener in a privately-run Peugeot 207 S2000, has predicted that it is going to be a tough event.

"I'm really looking forward to the Monte Carlo Rally," he noted. "I feel that I have improved a lot as a rally driver after the last year and I have benefitted from having more experience.

"However, there are going to be some very strong drivers there this year, with a field that is even stronger than last year, so I don't want to make too many predictions. I feel that I can challenge though, and I am certainly going to enjoy it."

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team

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December 22, 2009 5:39 PM

Be good to see Ogier out again - I recall he was a class act last time & will probably give Mikko a run for his money especially with proven machinery against the Ford newcomer.

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