25 January 2015
WRC Rallye Monte Carlo: Word can't describe what this means - Ogier
Two-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier begins the new WRC season with A victory on Rallye Monte Carlo: “I'm over the moon. Getting a win at the Rally Monte Carlo is special for any driver, but words can't describe what a win here means to me – this is my home...”
Sebastien Ogier says "words cannot describe what it means to him" to have won Rallye Monte Carlo again, although he did ironically have a good go!
Ogier, who won the WRC Drivers' title in 2013 and 2014, was embroiled in a thrilling fight with Sebastien Loeb on the first two days, until his compatriot made a mistake in SS8 and dropped out of contention.
Ogier could then control from the front and he eventually took the laurels by 58 seconds, the third time he has come home victorious on the Monte.
“What a fantastic start to the new season! I'm over the moon. Getting a win at the Rally Monte Carlo is special for any driver, but words can't describe what a win here means to me – this is my home,” the Volkswagen pilot explained.
“Friends, family and fans give me so much support and self-confidence here. The atmosphere was magical.
“I am grateful that I can give something back with my joy.”
Ogier also added that he felt this year's Monte was one of the trickiest and toughest he can recall, in part due to the conditions and also due to the return of Loeb, the nine-time WRC champion, who now competes in the WTCC, opting for an apparent one-off return.
“This 83rd staging of the 'Monte' is one of the most difficult rallies I can remember, as far as the conditions are concerned. Selecting the tyres was particularly difficult at the start. Then there was the exciting battle with Sebastien Loeb, who was producing spectacular times on Thursday,” Ogier continued.
“Big thanks go to our team and my ice spies. It goes without saying that I am also delighted with the great overall [1-2-3] result for Volkswagen; as long as I am at the top, Jari-Matti [Latvala] and Andreas [Mikkelsen] are my favourite people to share the podium with!” he joked.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito said he was proud of what his three drivers' had achieved on the 2015 WRC season opener.
“What a fantastic result for Volkswagen, but particularly for our drivers. No rally is more demanding than the 'Monte'. The human factor makes much more of a difference here than at any of the other rallies. I am particularly proud of Sebastien, Jari-Matti and Andreas for giving Volkswagen the perfect start to the season by finishing first, second and third. There was no shortage of rivals or difficult conditions and that needed a cool head,” Capito underlined.
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