Sebastien Ogier has won his third consecutive Rally Monte Carlo, cruising to victory during the closing days action after maintaining the gap between himself and second placed man Andreas Mikkelsen.
Ogier has had it somewhat easier in the last 24 hours, after his main rival Kris Meeke retired from the rally with a gearbox problem after Stage 12. The Volkswagen driver hasn’t needed to take risks, especially with main title rival Jari Matti Latvala also out with suspension problems yesterday.
Latvala also has a one-rally ban after his incident with a spectator yesterday, which means Ogier has pulled out the maximum 28-point lead advantage immediately in his 2016 campaign.
Second place looked like it was up for grabs briefly as Thierry Neuville looked competitive in the Hyundai i20. The team have really been able to get back on the pace since their tyre choices yesterday suited their car perfectly, going half a second quicker at points before Mikkelsen clocked the fastest time at the end of Stage 15.
Mads Ostberg finished fifth behind WRC debutant Stephane Lefebvre, whilst Dani Sordo managed to pip Ott Tanak to sixth place in the closing stages.