Volkswagen wins the Monte Carlo rally for the third time in a rowThe Volkswagen Polo R WRC and its driver Sebastien Ogier have joined the pantheon of rally greats with a record-equalling performance in the Monte Carlo Rally.
In the perfect start to the World Rally Championship season, the Polo took first and second place, with the Ogier/Ingrassia crew followed home by Andreas Mikkelsen and co-drive Anders Jaeger, separated by 1 minute 54 seconds after 4 hours of wildly changing conditions.
The Monte Carlo Rally is well known for being a bit of a changeable affair, which leads to both its challenge and cachet for winning it. With stages that can go through four seasons in the space of a few miles - from dry tarmac to gravel and even sheet ice - it's an immensely difficult rally to get a bead on, so it's little surprise that so few drivers manage to win back to back, let alone three in a row.
Ogier has managed to do just that, winning three straight titles from 2014-2016, joining Sandro Munari, Walter Rohrl, Tommi Makinen and Sebastien Loeb in an elite club of some of rallying's greatest ever drivers.
Alongside marking a 33rd career win for triple world champion Ogier, this victory was the 35th for the Polo R WRC in just 40 rallies since 2013 - and the car has never failed to score championship points in any rally it has entered. With three successive world championships, the car is the most successful in rally history, converting 87.5% of starts to victories.
Thirteen rally events remain this season and should the Polo R continue this form it will soon equal the total number of victories achieved by the cars of the 1980s and 1990s!
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