Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford) won his sixth consecutive World Rally Championship title after the crash of his last rival, Estonian Ott Tänak (Toyota), in the final rally of the Rally. Australia. The second most successful driver in WRC history and the French motorsport, behind the country's nine WRC crowns Sebastien Loeb, also benefited from the abandonment of the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) can still hope to be holy.
"The season has been so intense" Ogier took the start of the 24th and last special, felt bright and knew that he had nothing to fear and also dominated this "Power Stage" and finished 5th in the rally. "I'm so proud of my team, they're the best," he said excitedly. "We struggled to the end and we never gave up," said Ogier, who eventually took the best of Neuville and Tänak. "The season was so intense and at the end everything was decided in two specials, it's an opposite feeling," said former Volkswagen, who spent his victory at his wife, German television presenter Andrea Kaiser.
"I flew like my grandmother should have done." Gap, who was the leader of the championship since his second place in Catalonia behind Loeb three weeks ago, was sixth in Australia before the abandonment of Tänak, a position that would have allowed him to become titled even though Estonian had been in victory for victory . Ogier then ran Saturday without taking risks to rally goals. "I flew like my grandmother would have done," he joked for Neuville's recall. "We gave everything and took risks to win the title," said the latter, terribly disappointed after finishing fourth for Ogier in the overall position.
At Citoën in 2019. Ogier, 34, and driver Julien Ingrassia, 38, won his second title with M-Sport Ford. The team led Brit Malcolm Wilson after four wins on Volkswagen between 2013 and 2016. The French duo will join the Citroën team next year, left 2011 because of the difficult society of Ogier with Loeb.