Sebastien Ogier wins WRC Safari Rally

OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 06: Sebastien Ogier of France celebrates victory on the final podium in Olbia during Day Three of the FIA World Rally Championship Sardegna Italia on June 6, 2021 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

World Champion Sebastien Ogier is the winner of the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally.

Sebastien together with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia beat their Toyoya Gazoo team-mate Takamoto Katsuta while Hyundai Motorsport driver Ott Tanak took the third spot.

Taking to Twitter, Ogier said, “A great win for us! After our trouble on Friday we had a really good weekend, with a good pace and an amazing car. I want to congratulate Takamoto Katsuta: he’s made an amazing job, so well done Taka! A great result for the team!”

“It’s been an amazing experience to be here. The support we got from the people has been incredible. Thank you so much, you have a beautiful country! Safari Rally Kenya might be a bit shorter compared to the past but the challenge is still very tough. We enjoyed,” the reigning world champion added.

Katsuta claimed his first WRC podium to seal Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth 1-2 result of the season.

Tänak was fastest through the Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points. Kalle Rovanperä scored four points in second in a Yaris, with team-mate Elfyn Evans taking three in third. Ogier secured two points in fourth with Dani Sordo bagging the final point in fifth.

Ogier has won the World Rally Drivers’ Championship 7 times: in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020

Kenya’s Onkar Rai emerged the winner of the World Rally Championship Category 3.

(With input from WRC – FIA World Rally Championship)