Ogier stays calm beneath strain from Rovanperä

Because the report books present, Ogier made the Monte his personal, so he was by no means more likely to be rattled by a chasing teammate – even when it was defending champion Kalle Rovanperä. Ogier stormed into the primary leg on Friday to steer by greater than 30 seconds, just for 22-year-old Rovanperä to cost on Saturday. By the tip of the second leg, the hole between the 2 males had been diminished to simply 16 seconds.

However over the ultimate 4 phases on Sunday, Ogier confirmed all his huge expertise to fend off any menace, profitable by a snug 18.8 seconds, as Toyota Gazoo Racing began the brand new season with a dominating one-two end.

The win was maybe his ninth on essentially the most well-known rally of all, however there was added sparkle for his new co-driver Vincent Landais – because it was his first at world stage.

“It is big,” Ogier stated with a smile. “I really like this rally. He is the one who made me dream at first and I am so completely satisfied for Vincent. For me it is good, however for him it is a dream to win his first victory.

“We nonetheless must take pleasure in these moments and that is why we’re nonetheless right here. [in the WRC], to seize a couple of wins like this. Profitable a well-known like Monte is priceless.

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