Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia (VW Polo-R) became world rally champions for the third time by winning the Rally Australia on Sunday in Coffs Harbour.
“It’s fantastic, an incredible result. That was our goal and we can be proud of us because it was very difficult. It’s magic, “responded the French on Radio Rally after the stop point of the 17th and last special stage, the Power Stage that brought him three bonus points.
The podium was completed by his Finnish team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, 2nd to 12 seconds, and the Briton Kris Meeke (Citroën DS3), 3rd in 32 seconds, which resisted all weekend in the Volkswagen drivers.
This third world title, achieved with panache, thanks to a 31st WRC win, including seven this year, brings a little more Ogier in the legend. It exceeds eg the Finn Marcus Gronholm, former arch rival Sebastien Loeb, who won 30 times and sacred twice.
Still putting two riders on the podium, as so often this season, Volkswagen also provides a third consecutive world title as Ogier’s lead driver. It remains to run three rallies this season, Corsica, Catalonia and Wales.