The French Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia sealed the 2016 championship with victory in Rally Spain with two rounds still remaining in the season, adding to their titles from the preceding three years.
It means Ogier equals Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen as a four-time title winner, with only nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb having won more. Talking about how his latest title feels in comparison with previous ones in an interview on official WRC website, he said: “You don’t want to compare them.
There were always some differences, but they are always so enjoyable and always meaning a lot for me, even if they happen in different conditions. This year, once again, we had to fight hard to get it and I’m as proud of this one as the others.” “Of course, you always feel the first one a bit stronger because you reach your goal, your dream, but this one has the same value.” Twelve months ago, Ogier had crashed out of the Duesaigues Power Stage in Rally Spain while on course for an easy win, but this time he made sure to cross the line to put himself in the history books. “Before the final stage I had it a bit in my mind and I really extra concentrated myself before the start to be awake,” he admitted. “I know that stage perfectly and if I was really concentrated there was no reason to make a mistake. Last year I was a bit too relaxed maybe on this one.”
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets was full of praise for the champions: “Congratulations to
Sebastien and Julien on this fantastic success. Winning the world championship title four years in a row is proof of their outstanding ability. They can rightly be proud of themselves, and of the team that made this possible.” The Manufacturers’ Championship will be decided in one of the two rallies still to come with Volkswagen leading with 62 points from Hyundai.