Sebastien Ogier enjoyed a winning start to his time as a factory Volkswagen driver with victory in the annual Race of Champions event, held in Dusseldorf over the course of the weekend.
The Frenchman successfully saw off the challenge of motorsport stars from a range of different disciplines to lift the title, having beaten the likes of Andy Priaulx, Martin Tomczyk and Tom Kristensen en-route to the crown.
Ogier was competing in the event for the first time after his impressive campaign with Citroen in the WRC this season.
“My first outing in Volkswagen overalls and this in Germany and then victory in the Race Of Champions – I'm absolutely delighted,” he said. “They were exciting races against fantastic opponents. It's not easy for a newcomer to master the many different cars and the track, but I had a good feeling from the word go.
“It was a great honour for me to be invited for the first time to participate in the Race Of Champions. My thanks also go to the fans that made the atmosphere electric.”
Ogier also competed in the Nations Cup alongside Romain Grosjean as part of Team France, with the pair being knocked out at the semi-final stage.