Ogier at the 2011 Rallye Deutschland
|Born||December 17, 1983|
|World Rally Championship record|
|Teams||Equipe de France FFSA, Citroën Junior Team, Citroën, Volkswagen|
|First rally||2008 Rally Mexico|
|First win||2010 Rally de Portugal|
|Last win||2014 Monte Carlo Rally|
|Last rally||2014 Rally Sweden|
Sébastien Ogier (born 17 December 1983) is a French rally driver for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship. He won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2008 and previously drove for the Citroën World Rally Team alongside Sébastien Loeb in 2011. His co-driver is compatriot Julien Ingrassia. With 13 victories in the World Rally Championship, he is the third successful French driver after Sébastien Loeb and Didier Auriol. He is considered to be the successor to Sébastien Loeb, who dominated the sport until his departure in 2013, and went on to become the 2013 WRC champion.
Life and career
Ogier was born in Gap, Hautes-Alpes. He won the French Peugeot 206 Cup in 2007 and moved to compete a full Junior World Rally Championship programme in the 2008 season, driving a Super 1600 -class Citroën C2 for the Equipe de France FFSA team. Ogier debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 2008 Rally Mexico, winning the JWRC class. After home country's Ricardo Treviño was disqualified for using non-homologated driving gloves, Ogier became the first JWRC driver to take a WRC point and eighth place overall. Ogier went on to take further junior category victories in Jordan and Germany.
At the penultimate round of the championship, the 2008 Rally Catalunya, Ogier was leading and about to secure the JWRC title when he hit a bank and broke his C2 S1600's radiator, forcing him to retire. Ogier then clinched the title by placing second at his home event, the Tour de Corse. After winning the JWRC title, Ogier was rewarded with his first World Rally Car drive in a Citroën C4 for Rally GB. He surprised the more experienced drivers by winning the first stage and taking a shock lead, but crashed out from eighth place on day two.
In January 2009, Ogier made a one-off appearance in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, contesting the Monte Carlo Rally in a Peugeot 207 S2000. He took the lead when Škoda's Juho Hänninen picked up a puncture, and went on to win the event ahead of the 207s of Freddy Loix and Stéphane Sarrazin. For the 2009 WRC season, Ogier was signed by the debuting Citroën Junior Team, a satellite team of the Citroën Total works squad. He started his season with a career-best sixth place in Ireland and took his second points-finish with seventh in Argentina. At the Acropolis Rally, Ogier drove to his first podium place, finishing second to Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. This result also marked the first-ever podium for a non-works Citroën C4 WRC.
In the 2010 season, Ogier continued in the Citroën Junior Team with the 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen as his new teammate. Ogier took his second podium in Mexico, completing a Citroën 1–2–3 by finishing narrowly behind Sébastien Loeb and Petter Solberg. At the Rally New Zealand, he led from Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala by 6.2 seconds before the final stage, but spun three corners before the finish and lost the win to Latvala by 2.4 seconds. Ogier went on to take his debut WRC victory in the next event, the Rally de Portugal, by leading from stage four to the end and finishing 7.9 seconds ahead of Loeb. Citroën then promoted Ogier to the factory team for the remaining three gravel rounds of the series. Subsequently, Dani Sordo replaced Ogier in the manufacturer's junior team, and after 2010 went on to leave Citroen to join the Mini WRC Team.
Ogier was given a drive with Citroën's factory team for the full 2011 season and started off by finishing fourth in Sweden. He finished as the highest Citroën driver behind the Fords of Mikko Hirvonen, Mads Østberg and Jari-Matti Latvala, and became the first driver to win a Power Stage. After retiring in Mexico Ogier went on to win the next two rallies at Portugal and Jordan, with podiums at Argentina and Finland coming either side of a victory on the Acropolis Rally. Then, Ogier went on to claim victory in Germany. This was Ogier's maiden tarmac success in the WRC and the first time that his team mate Sébastien Loeb had been beaten in Germany.
Following a season in which relations between the two drivers deteriorated significantly, Ogier departed Citroën at the end of the 2011 campaign. He subsequently signed up to spearhead Volkswagen's WRC assault and contested the 2012 championship in a Škoda Fabia S2000 whilst developing the new Polo R WRC, before competing in the Polo R full-time in 2013. In December 2011, Ogier debuted in the Race of Champions at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. He took the top step of the podium in the finals against Tom Kristensen, winning both heats and becoming the fourth Frenchman to win the title Champions of Champions.
In April 2013 Ogier won the Rally of Portugal, extending his lead at the top of the world championship standings. He won the 2013 championship in the first stage of Rally France because Dani Sordo won the Power Stage, which gave Sordo 3 bonus points. With 2 rallies remaining meaning, second place Thierry Neuville cannot catch Ogier even with rally wins.
Complete WRC results
Complete JWRC results
|2008||Equipe de France FFSA||Citroën C2 S1600||MEX
|2009||BF Goodrich Drivers Team||Peugeot 207 S2000||MON
|2010||Sébastien Ogier||Peugeot 207 S2000||MON
Complete Porsche Supercup results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
† – As Ogier was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
- "Ogier makes history with WRC point". Eurosport. Retrieved 2008-10-11.[dead link]
- "JWRC: Prokop wins in Spain after Ogier's error". Crash.net. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- "Christmas comes early for Ogier". wrc.com. 2008-10-21.
- Beer, Matt (5 December 2008). "Ogier takes shock lead in icy GB". Autosport. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- Beer, Matt (6 December 2008). "Ogier rolls out in Resolfen". Autosport. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Ogier secures Monte Carlo win". Autosport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- Beer, Matt (15 June 2009). "Ogier: Podium will ease pressure". Autosport. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Jari-Matti Latvala wins Rally New Zealand". The Times of India. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- "Citroen promotes Ogier for gravel events". Crash.net. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
- Evans, David. "Why it's war between the two Sebs". Autosport. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Weeks, James (23 November 2011). "Ogier joins Volkswagen WRC programme". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 23 November 2011.
- Elizalde, Pablo (23 November 2011). "Sebastien Ogier joins Volkswagen's WRC team". Autosport. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Ogier wins Rally of Portugal". 3 News NZ. April 16, 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
International Rally Driver Award
|Junior World Rally Champion
|Race of Champions
Champion of Champions
|World Rally Champion