From the moment he burst onto the rallying scene, Sébastien Ogier has been hailed as ‘the next Sébastien Loeb’ – not least by 2003 title-winner Petter Solberg, as well as champion Loeb himself. Sébastien’s first major international success took place in 2008 when he won the Junior World Rally Championship title with three victories. He also has the rare distinction of being a JWRC driver who has scored points in the general top-ten points-scoring classification on a WRC event.
In 2009, Sébastien competed in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in a Peugeot 207 S2000. In the same year he joined the new Citroën Junior Team and finished eighth in the WRC. In 2010 Sébastien joined Citroën’s full works World Rally Team and achieved six podium results, including his first two victories.
But it was in 2011 that he came to the fore thanks to an intense battle for the title with Loeb, eventually settling for third overall. Later in the year he defeated WRC and F1 opposition to win the famed Race of Champions event. For 2012’s World Rally Championship he joined VW Motorsport and drove a Škoda Fabia S2000, achieving six top ten points-scoring results and often threatening to upset many runners in faster WRC machines.
Together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, Sébastien helped VW to develop its stunning new Polo R WRC, and drove the car to its first victory at The Rally Sweden in 2013. He capped off his inaugural season with Volkswagen with a much-celebrated World Championship title on the first day of his home Rallye de France and he wrapped up the year with a win at the Wales Rally GB.Read more