Sebastien Ogier dominated the Monte Carlo WRC 2017 competition for his fourth consecutive win. Parading in his Ford Fiesta F1 entry, the champion swerved through ice-covered roads in the French Alps beating the Toyota Yaris who was 2mins behind.
Race To The Finish. Last Jan. 22, 2017, Sebastien Ogier was crowned the reigning Monte Carlo WRC 2017 champion. The game lasted for four days in ice-covered roads by the French Alps with Ogier's first event with the M-Sport Ford team. He started the competition as the opener for the first two stages. He initially ranked behind Thierry Neuville when he committed a mistake on SS3, lagging 40s behind the Belgian driver.
As the race went on, Neuville luckily committed a minor mistake on the final stage of day three when he clipped a curb with his right-rear wheel resulting in a defective suspension in the middle of the stage. This lost him 30mins. which gave Ogier the opportunity to catch up. Although Neuville won the final live TV Power Stage five-point bonus, Ogier finished with a 2min.-15s lead by the fourth day reported WRC.
Other Highlights. Ogier almost lost the race to closest rival, Ott Tanak but gained his top spot when the driver experienced mechanical problems. Due to repairs conducted between stages, Ogier was able to take a 50s lead when the SS15 started out late and lost 90s during the penultimate stage, reported Crash. Following Tanak, Dani Sordo placed third while Craig Breen was ranked the fourth. Both drivers had to swap positions throughout the event. On top of which, Monte Carlo WRC 2017 racer, Stephane Lefebvre was able to re-enter the race from having to restart due to technical issues with the Citroen C3 vehicle. The latter driver placed ninth after the final stage.
For his fourth consecutive win, the Monte Carlo WRC 2017 champion was Sebastien Ogier. In fact, it was the driver's race debut under M-Sport Ford team flagship.