Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier was 'overjoyed' after winning Rallye Monte Carlo for the second time on Sunday and has said the victory ranks above his previous one back in 2009, as the event was not then part of the WRC.

Ogier took the spoils on the 2014 WRC season opener by over a minute, fighting his way back to the front after the 'shock' arrival of snow on the opening day, which left him down in ninth after SS3.

Despite the tough conditions though, which saw SS14 - the penultimate stage - cancelled after so much snow fell, the defending champion pushed on, winning seven stages in total en-route to his 17th victory in the WRC and his tenth with the Polo R WRC.

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Speaking at the finish, he added that the extreme conditions made the result even more special.

"What a perfect start to the season! The team did a fantastic job. I am overjoyed. It is an amazing feeling to win the Rally Monte Carlo in these difficult conditions - especially now that the Monte is a round of the World Championship again," Ogier remarked.

"For that reason, this win obviously ranks above the victory in the IRC in 2009 for Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and me. Even more so when you consider the last three days: the fightback in extreme rain, and then the snow chaos on the Col de Turini [on Saturday night]. I really wanted to win my home rally here.

"I will celebrate the win appropriately now - with my family, my girlfriend and the entire Volkswagen team."

Volkswagen boss Jost Capito meanwhile was also delighted with the result and he was happy to see his other two drivers' get to the finish as well, with Jari-Matti Latvala overcoming a series of setbacks to take fifth, while 'third' driver, Andreas Mikkelsen came home seventh on his first Monte with a WRC car.

"I am very proud of the entire team today. The drivers, co-drivers, engineers and mechanics all did an outstanding job," Capito summarised. "Sebastien Ogier's performance was worthy of a champion, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen also did a magnificent job.

"Together with their engineers, and using the information available from the ice spies and weather crews, they always made intelligent tyre selections - even if they did not always turn out to be perfect. But that is just typical of the 'Monte', which is always unpredictable and temperamental.

"To have all three Polo R WRCs in the points and to have won the iconic 'Monte' for the first time as a team is an outstanding success."