Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia led a clean sweep of the Rallye Monte-Carlo podium for Volkswagen Motorsport this afternoon, the French double World Champions winning the event by nearly one minute. Team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila exceeded their own expectations with second overall and Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene claimed third in only their second outing in this legendary FIA World Rally Championship event.
Sébastien Ogier heads an impressive one-two-three for Volkswagen Motorsport after the third day of Rallye Monte-Carlo competition. The French reigning World Champion has 42.8 seconds in hand to team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, and Andreas Mikkelsen is a further minute adrift in the third Polo R WRC.
Reigning FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier has taken control of the Rallye Monte-Carlo field late this afternoon after Sébastien Loeb hit problems in the final two stages, dropping him from first to 10th after the final stage. The French Polo R WRC driver now heads both his team-mates, although second-placed Jari-Matti Latvala is nearly two minutes adrift and Andreas Mikkelsen is just under a minute further back.
After an action-packed opening day of Rallye Monte-Carlo, that kicked off with a spectacular season opening celebration in Monaco this afternoon, crews headed into the wintry mountains for two tricky night stages on route back to Gap this evening. Sébastien Loeb stunned his rivals by powering into the lead and Citroën’s nine-time FIA World Rally Champion takes a 13.3 second advantage after 40.99 competitive kilometres. Volkswagen Motorsport drivers Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala are second and third respectively.
Throughout the course of last year, the World Motor Sport Council approved a number of regulation changes for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship which aim to help raise the sporting challenge and increase media coverage. The major changes to the Championship regulations are as follows:
The running order will be in Championship order for Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, P1 and P2 crews will run in reverse rally classification order. P1 and P2 drivers who have retired will restart the subsequent day/s at the front of this group.