The 2016 FIA World Rally Championship kicked off on January 22 in Monte-Carlo with Volkswagen taking first and second place.
The Rallye Monte-Carlo was won by Sébastien Ogier, driving a VW Polo R WRC. It was a hard-fought race, with Citroën driver Kris Meeke running the Frenchman close.
Ultimately, Meeke had to retire from the contest after sustaining damage to the car’s sump and gearbox. From that point on, Ogier was in command, winning his fourth Rallye Monte-Carlo in the process. Team-mate Andreas Milkkelsen secured second place, making it a great start for Volkswagen.
Ogier said of his triumph, “This is an iconic rally and one that all drivers dream of adding to their list of victories.” He added, “Doing it for the third time in the WRC and the fourth time in our career makes us very proud.” Ogier went on to say, “What makes the Monte-Carlo so special is the unpredictability of the the road conditions.”
Achieving three in a row at Monte-Carlo is a rare feat and is something that only Sandro Munari, Walter Röhri, Tommi Mäkinen and Sébastien Loeb have previously accomplished.
The FIA World Rally Championships take place in 14 different countries throughout the year, finishing in Australia in late November. The rally comes to British shores on 28 October, when it is held in North Wales.
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