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Ogier conquered eight Monte Carlo events last weekend, surpassing his seven-event victory shared with former Citroën teammate and compatriot Sebastien Loeb.

At 37, he has achieved great achievements in five different manufacturers over 30 years. His first driver was Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen and Toyota as the Intercontinental Rally Challenge driver in Peugeot in 2009 and the rest as point scorers for the World Rally Championship.

It also recorded a half-century victory in the top sports division alongside Julien Ingrassia.

The streets around the Principality, where the opening round of the WRC ended on Sunday afternoon, were kind to Senna, who recorded six F1 race wins between 1985 and 1993. This is the result that Ogier wanted to compare.

“It’s a special day with these numbers, but the records aren’t really what you’re chasing,” Ogier said.

“As a competitor, I aim to win when I participate in any competition.

“This place has always been unique to me for many reasons. My idol was Ayrton Senna. He still has a record here. I join this record a bit. It makes me I’m proud.

“I think I can say it [this win makes me one of the Monte Carlo greats], Yes.

“This rally definitely feels good. Probably born in the Alps, the winter conditions you have to face here will help you connect with the mountains.

“This is a rally that gave me the dream of becoming a driver someday.

“The rally I saw when I was a kid dreamed of having a chance in just one day.

“Collecting eight trophies from this rally was something I didn’t expect and I’m very proud of it.”

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The braking issue on the opening leg, which continued to puncture and spin on Friday, was the only stain on the Toyota driver’s copybook at the event where the distance was significantly reduced due to the COVID-19.

Ogier defeated Toyota teammate Elfyn Evans and co-driver Scott Martin by 32.6 seconds.

“We quickly reacted and returned to the fight. These days, we rarely see this difference in stage time. [because of the new tyres], “Ojie added.

“Of course, I was happy to make a difference when I was pushing.”

Ogier is 9 points ahead of Evans ahead of his new championship visit to Arctic Rally Finland on February 26-28.

Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4-4 Honda

Photo: Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

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