Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia not too long ago received the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo for a file eighth time, main team-mates Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin in a improbable one-two end for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Crew on the opening spherical of the 2021 season. Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen completed fourth to finish a tremendous weekend for the crew.
The victory can be the fiftieth for Ogier and Ingrassia within the FIA World Rally Championship, changing into solely the second rivals to achieve the landmark.
That is the primary time that the crew has received the WRC’s most prestigious occasion with its Toyota Yaris WRC, having made the rostrum yearly since its debut in 2017. It’s the fourth Rallye Monte-Carlo win in Toyota’s historical past, approaching the thirtieth anniversary of its maiden victory in 1991.
Rallye Monte-Carlo lived as much as its repute as probably the most demanding occasion on the WRC calendar with particular challenges for this yr’s version. A modified schedule to observe coronavirus restrictions in France meant that some levels occurred earlier than daybreak full with ice and snow. WRC groups additionally needed to become familiar with tyres from the brand new sole provider Pirelli on an occasion the place tyre selection is all the time essential to the end result. Sébastien Ogier (Driver automotive 1) stated, “It is a good begin to the season. Watching this rally as a child gave me the dream to grow to be a driver in the future. If I might have just one file, for certain I might take this one. It has lots of that means for me, and that is additionally the rationale I used to be fairly emotional on the rostrum. The Yaris WRC has been improbable this weekend: I had such feeling within the automotive. I believe it was choice to do yet one more yr. The crew is nice, so an enormous because of all of them. The primary stage this morning was unbelievable: The following race is the Arctic Rally Finland (February 26-28) is a brand new addition to the WRC calendar for 2021. The rally might be based mostly in Rovaniemi – capital of Finland’s northernmost area – with levels to happen contained in the Arctic Circle on roads with protecting of snow and ice.