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Sebastien Ogier opens WRC title defence with Rallye Monte-Carlo victory

World Champion Sébastien Ogier opened his title defence with an emphatic victory on Rallye Monte-Carlo, his fifth straight triumph at the event, and sixth overall. Ogier controlled proceedings throughout, taking a commanding lead on Thursday evening’s dramatic first stage, and resisting the lingering threat posed by former team-mate Ott Tänak. It marked Ogier's first win since last May, ending a run of seven rallies without success, his longest barren run since 2012. Aided by a mistake from Ogier, Tänak reduced the deficit to under 15 seconds, but the M-Sport driver stormed clear early on Saturday, bringing his lead to over a minute. Tänak chipped away at...
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