Ogier and Ingrassia salute their fan basde after taking out the WRC Rally Monte Carlo this week.
Ogier and Ingrassia salute their fan basde after taking out the WRC Rally Monte Carlo this week. Bildagentur Kräling

Ogier’s first step on return journey to Coffs Coast rally

SEBASTIEN Ogier has commenced his long march back to the Coffs Coast.

The French ace successfully started his quest for a fourth straight FIA World Rally Championship with a dominant win in Rallye Monte-Carlo.

It was his third victory in the race, making him only the third driver in history to perform the feat. 

Ogier finished outside the royal palace in Monte-Carlo, ahead of Volkswagen team mate Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway, with Belgium's Thierry Neuville third. 

The opening round of the 2016 WRC - which concludes on the Coffs Coast on November 17-20 - featured an exciting battle between Ogier and Citroen driver Kris Meeke of Northern Ireland. 

"It is just an indescribable feeling to win this iconic rally for the third time," Ogier said after recieving the trophy from Prince Albert.

"There were the many, many fans cheering on Julien (Ingrassia, co-driver) and me - it was just a perfect weekend." 

Up-and-coming Elfyn Evans showed his fine efforts on the Coffs Coast in 2015 were no fluke by finishing in eighth place, ensuring he had a notable victory in the WRC2 category.

This Wednesday, the rising star from Wales tells The Coffs Coast Advocate about his aspirations for the coming season.