Monte Carlo Rally
Jan 19

WRC: World Champ Ogier Wins Season-Opening Monte Carlo Rally

Sebastien Ogier pushed through tough conditions to win the season-opening Monte Carlo WRC Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastien Ogier pushed through tough conditions to win the season-opening Monte Carlo WRC Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

World Champion Sebastien Ogier of France protected his overnight lead to win the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in treacherous conditions on Saturday.

Ogier won three of the five stages on Friday to climb from fourth and take the overnight lead, and extended it as the weather conditions became progressively worse, with first snow then heavy rain and fog making it particularly difficult for the drivers in the two night sessions.

Jan 17

WRC: Kubica Retires From Season-Opening Monte Carlo Rally; Ogier Leads

French driver Sebastien Ogier leads after the second day of the Monte Carlo Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

French driver Sebastien Ogier leads after the second day of the Monte Carlo Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

World Champion Sebastien Ogier won three of five stages Friday to take the lead in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, while Robert Kubica had to retire after skidding off the road on the second day of the race.

Ogier led fellow Frenchman Bryan Bouffier by 51.1 seconds. Kris Meeke of Britain slipped to third, 1 minute, 38 seconds off the lead. Mads Ostberg of Norway and Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland rounded out the top five.