OGIER BEATS LOEB IN SWEDEN
Turns out it takes a Frenchman called Sebastien to beat a Frenchman called Sebastien
It was a solid performance, and one which gave Ogier the championship lead. It was also the first victory for the VW WRC team; their car, the Polo R WRC, has been tipped as one to watch by many rally pundits, and this weekend its proved its mettle, suggesting that it has what it takes to mix it with the DS3s that have dominated recent years.
The result was all the more impressive as it’s only the second time that a non-Scandinavian driver has taken the top spot in Sweden. The first was back in 2004, when the top spot was taken by ... erm ... Sebastien Loeb. Well, there’s a surprise.
It was his former team-mate Mikko Hirvonen who provided the first big off of the event, though, and one which he struggled to recover from, finishing 17th. Meanwhile Hirvonen’s fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo had an off on Sunday which resulted in his retirement.
The weekend belonged to Ogier and to VW, though. Overhauling Loeb without the aid of a mistake or a retirement is a tall order; even more so on one of his favourite events. It sets us up for a season which may see fans of Frenchmen called Sebastien rewarded with even more success for their new man at the top.