As it turned out, the Frenchman’s closest rival Thierry Neuville, who had to pick up maximum points in France to keep his title dreams alive, could only manage a second place behind fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo on the Strasbourg Power Stage, so it became an impossible task to catch Ogier and Ingrassia, who recorded the third-fastest time on the opening stage.
“The feeling is impossible to describe. To have won the World Championship title in France is an absolute dream come true. As a little boy, I used to marvel at the cars and top drivers at the Rally Monte Carlo with my father in my home town of Gap – and now Julien and I are World Rally Champions,” said a jubilant Ogier.
[Source: Volkswagen Motorsport]