Sebastien Ogier says sealing a fifth consecutive World Rally Championship has come with “the strongest emotions I have ever experienced” having defended his title while switching to M-Sport Ford.

After Volkswagen Motorsport’s dramatic exit from WRC at the end of 2016, Ogier made the move to M-Sport Ford to defend his drivers’ title which has proved a challenge to his previous domination of the sport with VW on his way to four consecutive championships.

Ogier, who has only picked up two wins all year, has demonstrated consistency is ultimately key with top five finishes in every round this year apart from his one retirement at Rally Finland – his first DNF since Spain in 2015.

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Knowing he could seal a fifth WRC crown if he didn’t concede seven points to M-Sport Ford team-mate Ott Tanak and eight points to Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, Ogier has taken the title with a round to spare at his team’s home event Wales Rally GB – something which has hit him hard emotionally.

“Emotion is something you cannot control,” Ogier said. “There is something beautiful about that and I have to say that this was the strongest feeling of emotion that I have ever experienced in my professional life. It’s hard to explain the feeling, but it is most definitely a good one.

“Twelve months ago, we decided to take what could have been considered a risk. We decided to team up with Malcolm [Wilson] and set ourselves a challenge. We have succeeded in that challenge and know that we made the right choice.

“I felt immediately proud and very happy for the team. A drivers’ title is something that has never happened for them and it was so well deserved. What they are able to do is amazing. Really, a big thanks to all of them.”