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Sébastien Ogier

Biography

Sebastien Ogier

Sébastien Ogier

Born on December, 17th 1983 in Gap (France)
40 WRC wins
2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 World Rally Championn
2008 Junior World Champion.

Sebastien Ogier
M SPORT FORD FIESTA WRC

With his dad being a Senna fan and his uncle an autocross driver, Sébastien Ogier fell in love with motorsports from his early childhood. After trying out karting for a while, he started entering competitions, winning the FFSA’s Rallye Jeunes - a talent spotting event organized by the French Federation – in 2005. This win secured him a driving seat in the Peugeot 206 Cup, where he began his collaboration with his co-driver, Julien Ingrassia. Best rookie of the year, he scored his first podium finish, then went on to win his first races over the next season, making a name for himself in the championship.

Sébastien Ogier made his debut in the world championship in 2008, a mere two years after his first rally. He started out as category winner in a Citroën C2 S1600 and even obtained a point in the overall standings. With two further victories, he clinched the Junior World Champion title at his first attempt. Thanks to this title he was offered a WRC wheel for the last rally of the 2008 season, in Wales. He accomplished quite a feat by winning the first stage and leading the race for a while.

This impressive performance had all eyes turned towards him when he started his WRC career in 2009 within the Citroën Junior Team. This debut came after another win at the Rally Monte-Carlo in between seasons (at that time the race was part of the IRC schedule). The first half of the year was quite hard for the rookie, until he started an upward spiral with a second place finish at the Acropolis – his first podium in the world championship.

His maiden victory came in the next season in Portugal. From then on, Sébastien Ogier’s performances just got better and better and he joined the official Citroën team for the gravel rallies of the second half of the year. As a team-mate of Sébastien Loeb, he won in Japan in a race he was running for the first time. He became a permanent member of the team in 2011, scored five successes over the course of the season and claimed 3rd place overall. After the curtain had fallen on the championship, Ogier won the Race of Champions at his first attempt.

At the end of 2011, Sébastien Ogier set himself a new challenge: he joined Volkswagen Motorsport to collaborate with the German brand in developing the new Polo R WRC, whose debut was announced for 2013. In the meantime, the French driver switched between testing sessions and an almost full participation in the 2012 season in a Skoda Fabia S2000.

The Polo R WRC made its debut in the Monte-Carlo Rally of 2013. First stage, first scratch for Ogier, who mounted the second step of the podium. His maiden victory behind the wheel of his new car came in the very next rally, in Sweden, which is all the more impressive as northern drivers historically dominate the race. Ogier was only the second non-Scandinavian driver to win it! This set the tone for his season, as success followed success and the title beckoned. The grand finale came on Rally France before Ogier and Ingrassia had even started the first stage which doubled as the Power Stage.

And so Sébastien Ogier joined the very select club of world champions – the third French driver to have done so. At this point he set himself what was perhaps an even more daunting goal: defending his position as leader, and it was indeed a hard-fought season’s victory which was assured on Rally Catalonia 2014 after he beat off the challenge of his increasingly tough rivals. With 8 wins out of the 13 rallies contested, he became the eighth driver to secure more than one title.

These statistics speak for themselves, but they were added to in 2015, when Sebastien Ogier raced his Polo R WRC to victory on eight occasions between Monaco and Wales, taking the title in Australia with three rounds to spare.

After only six complete WRC seasons, he became triple world champion, the third driver in history to win as many titles consecutively. Having achieved 32 victories at the end of 2015, he continued to add to his record in 2016 and won again on all surfaces. In Spain he secured his fourth title, equaling Juka Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen. Now with a tally of 38 wins, he starts a new adventure with M-Sport driving a Ford Fiesta WRC in 2017.

In 2014, Sébastien teamed up as an Ambassador with Make-A-Wish® France, to help granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

2017

WRC

M-Sport World Rally Team driver

Podiums:
Wins: Monte-Carlo, Portugal
2nd at Rally Mexico, Tour de Corse
3rd at Rally Sweden, Rally Poland

2016

WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport official driver
WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

Podiums:
Wins: Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Wales Rally GB
2nd at Rally Mexico, Rally Argentina, Rally Australia
3rd at Rally Portugal, Rally Italy

2015

WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport official driver
WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

Podiums:
Wins: Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Italia, Poland, Germany, Australia, Great-Britain
2nd at Rally Portugal, Rally Finland

2014

WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport official driver
WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

Podiums:
Wins: Monte-Carlo, Mexico, Portugal, Italia, Poland, Australia, Spain, Great-Britain
2nd at Rally Argentina, Rally Finland

2013

WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport official driver
WORLD RALLY CHAMPION

Podiums:
Wins: Monte-Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Portugal, Italia, Finland, Australia, France-Alsace, Spain, Great-Britain
2nd at Rally Argentina

New record on Ouninpohja: 15'08.9

2012

WRC

S2000 leader on 10 out of the 12 rallies run (Skoda Fabia S2000)
7 top 10 finishes in the overall standings
Best result: 5th on Rally Italy

Race of Champions

Nations’ Cup finals partnered with Romain Grosjean, quarter finals of the individual race

2011

WRC

3rd in the World Rally Championship (Citroën DS3 WRC)

Podiums:
Wins: Portugal, Jordan, Greece, Germany, France
3rd at Rally Argentina, Rally Finland

Record of the smallest winning gap: 0.2s margin over Jari-Matti Latvala at Jordan Rally

Winner of the Rallye National Vosgien (Citroën DS3 WRC)

Race of Champions

Winner of the individual Race of Champions at his first attempt

2010

WRC

4th in the World Rally Championship (Citroën C4 WRC)

Podiums:
Wins: Portugal, Japan
2nd at Rally New-Zealand, Rally Finland
3rd at Rally Germany

Winner of the Rally della Lanterna (Citroën C4 WRC)

2009

WRC

8th in the World Rally Championship (Citroën C4 WRC)

Podiums:
2nd at Rally Greece

Winner of the Rally Monte-Carlo (Peugeot 207 S2000)

Member of the Equipe de France FFSA Rallye

2008

JWRC

JWRC World Champion (Citroën C2 Super 1600)

Podiums:
Wins: Mexico, Jordan, Germany
2nd at Rally France

Member of the Equipe de France FFSA Rallye

2007

Winner of the Peugeot 206 Cup

4 wins: Rallye du Touquet, Rallye Terre des Causses, Rallye Terre de Langres and Rallye Terre du Diois
2 podiums: 2nd at Rallye du Limousin and Rallye Alsace-Vosges

1st at Rallye Neige Hautes-Alpes (206 XS mini-Group A)


3rd at Rallye du Quercy (Peugeot 206 XS)

Espoir Echappement Award

2006

6th in the Volant Peugeot 206, best rookie
1 podium at Rallye Terre des Cardabelles

2005

Winner of the Rallye Jeunes FFSA selection

Codriver - Biography

Julien Ingrassia

Julien Ingrassia

Born on November, 26th 1979 in Aix-en-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône, France)
40 WRC wins
2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 World Rally Champion
2008 Junior World Champion

Julien Ingrassia
Julien Ingrassia

Chance and friendship were determining in Julien Ingrassia’s discovery of rally around the age of 14. Gilles, a boarding school friend, was so passionate about it that Julien, intrigued, soon started to accompany him to races in the Cévennes region. The outdoors, a few buddies and an icebox: the simple pleasures of the rally world quickly seduced this nature lover, more accustomed to trekking shoes and mountain biking.

At the end of 2002, Gilles was the first to offer a right seat to Julien, who had “hardly thought about it”. He took part in the Critérium des Cévennes and enjoyed his first success: getting to see the finish line. Around the same time, a childhood friend, Boris, was also trying to turn his passion for motorsports into a full-time activity. He spent four years prepping a 205 GTi, which was finally ready in 2003, in time for Julien to join the adventure in the small car’s right seat.

In the meantime, Julien Ingrassia was completing a business school curriculum, and there would be another few years before he could dedicate himself to rally. After working small jobs to make ends meet, he became a sales rep for various big companies, while continuing his career as a freelance co-driver. He took part in many regional asphalt rallies, then broadened his experience with gravel rallies such as those of the 206 Cup in 2004. These rich and constructive years convinced him that he should continue the adventure – although he had no idea it would take him to the highest world level.

In 2005, the Rallye Jeunes selection was organised in Alès, near his hometown. Aware that it was a precious springboard for anyone who considered becoming a rally professional in France, Julien Ingrassia watched the competitors go by at the foot of the Cévennes mountains. He soon noticed a promising driver named Sébastien Ogier, whose “strong temper” he already sensed. He applied to Peugeot Sport to become Ogier’s co-driver, and got an agreement in principle along with the selection winner’s contact details! The two men met in early 2006 and immediately hit it off, opening their first season together with the Volant Peugeot 206.

Although they had to fine-tune their characters over the first few years they shared a car, Seb and Julien learned to know each other better with each step they took. One is a competitor with great technical and strategic skills, while the other offers a calmer, more moderate approach that tranquilizes him. Their stable collaboration since 2006 has helped each of them progress in his own area. While Sébastien was becoming a true “captain” thanks to his clear-sighted technical choices, Julien revealed himself as a master in backstage preparation, road-books and other regulatory texts management, while facilitation communication within the team.

As for driving, Julien Ingrassia has had an amateur go at it – enough to enrich his work and confirm his preference for the right seat. His job never was a default choice, and this is made obvious by the pleasure he takes in his role. His contribution, although shadowed by the driver’s in the media, is essential to the tandem’s success.

When they entered the premier class at the end of 2008, they already had a Junior World Champion title to their name, clinched during their first season together on the international circuit. Less than five years later, they had become WRC world champions for the first time and had become the new major players in world rallying. Unbeaten since then, they are among the very rare crews to have been crowned world champions for four consecutive years. Julien is the only French co-driver with more than one WRC title.

Cars

Volkswagen
Polo R
WRC

2016 / 2015
Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Volkswagen
Polo R
WRC

2014 / 2013
Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Skoda
Fabia
S2000

2012
Skoda Fabia S2000

Citroen
DS3
WRC

2011
Citroen DS3 WRC

Citroen
C4
WRC

2010
Citroen C4 WRC

Peugeot
207
S2000

2009
Peugeot 207 S2000 - 2009

Citroen
C2
Super 1600

2008
Citroen C2 Super 1600 - 2008

Peugeot 206
XS Mini
Groupe A

2007
Peugeot 206 XS Mini Groupe A