Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia Claim Fourth WRC Title In A Row

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  • Oct 19, 2016
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The French duo won the title at the Rally of Spain but have not won a single all-gravel rally throughout the season


Sebastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia at Rally of Spain

The pair of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia from France won the World Rally Championship for the fourth consecutive time after finishing first at the Rally of Spain. They were in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC and bagged the fifth win of the season in Catalonia. In the race, they finished ahead of the Spanish duo of Dani Sordo and Marc Martí and Britain's Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, both driving Hyundais. The French folks are too far ahead of their rivals in overall standings in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. The Frenchmen are also the first driver/co-driver champions in WRC history to have won the title without winning an all-gravel rally throughout the season.


Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaeger at Rally of Spain

Fellow team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger of Norway were their closest rivals in the title race heading into Rally of Spain. However, the Norwegians were forced to retire from the race and their hopes of winning the championship were dashed. Volkswagen is poised to win its fourth manufacturer's title in a row in WRC in the Rally of Great Britain next.

Sébastien Ogier has been on top of the driver's standings for 952 days in a row. Also, he is only the third WRC champion to have taken the title home four years in a row. Incidentally, he happens to be the fourth four-time champion in the history of WRC and is on par with Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen, both from Finland. Sébastien Loeb is the only one who has more titles to his name, nine to be exact, and is a fellow Frenchman too.


The duo of Sebastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia after winning the Rally of Spain

All four times, the French duo has won the titles with races to spare in the season. In 2013, they took home the title in the penultimate race of the season at Rally of France. Next year, they did the same by bringing home the title at the Rally of Spain. In 2015, they won the title at Rally of Australia, with few more races to go. The 2016 title was won in Rally of Spain. The Rally of Spain is the only race on the WRC calendar to be held on both gravel and asphalt.

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