That other Seb comes good in WRC for VW

4 October, 2013 | by Lance Branquinho

The more things change, the more curiously they remain the same.

For the tenth consecutive year a bloke by the name Sébastien has been awarded the title of world rally champion. But for 2013, it’s the other Séb, Ogier – not Loeb.

Fittingly, the man who was forced to race in Loeb’s shadow at Citroen, has won the 2013 driver’s champion on the first day of his home event, Rally France. Ogier has been phenomenal this season, in a calculated campaign of dominance which has evolved into a dream debut for VW’s WRC specification Polo.

“The relief now is immense. As a little boy, I used to marvel at the cars and top drivers at the Rally Monte Carlo with my father in my home town of Gap – and now Julien and I are World Rally Champions. It is crazy.” Ogier’s victory comes with two events in the 2013 WRC calendar still remaining.

Crucially, his nemesis, Loeb, is also competing at this weekend’s Rally France and currently leading. To ensure there is no bittersweet aftertaste to his first WRC driver’s title, Ogier knows full well that he must best the legend that is Loeb, at their home event.

Expect a fierce exchange in the special stages of Rally France today and tomorrow. And with three fastest times on three stages for Loeb already, it would appear the battle of the Sébs is going to be monumental.

     

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