For the tenth year in a row, a Frenchmen named Sébastien has been named the champion of the World Rally Championship – only it's probably not Sébastien you were expecting. Dethroning Sébastien Loeb from his WRC reign is 29-year-old Sébastien Ogier (shown above, at right) and his Volkswagen Polo R WRC.

According to Car Magazine, the championship for Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia is already wrapped up, despite there still being three races left in the season, including this weekend's Rally de France. Prior to this year, Ogier had won seven rally events, and he has almost matched that total in just this year, with 6 wins over 10 events.

Loeb won his first championship in 2004 and held that title through the 2012 WRC season. To be fair, though, Loeb has been taking on some extracurricular activities outside of WRC including a record-breaking run at Pikes Peak this summer.


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      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haven't had a WRC or F1 World Champion NOT named Sebastian since last decade.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gary
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      Andrew TheBoss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Three brands, 7 teams, most from Qatar and Abu Dhabi WRC is DEAD
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wrc has become too much like NASCAR with spec engines and transmissions and the most $$ for setup wins. Go back to homologation (sp?) with more than just base chassis. Spec HP, weight, brakes and suspension and have layout, engine blocks, and transmission casings be production pieces.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      WRC died with group B. I know of no one who really loves this sport as they used to.
        dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        no it died when Subaru and Mitsu left..... who wants to see ford battle citroen.. ZZZzzzZZZzzz
          Georg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dude
          Subaru and Mitsubishi are the two most overrated brands ever racing WRC.. funny fact is that Toyota won more races at WRC than Mitsubishi and Subaru.... Mitsubishi was only competetive in the hands of Tommi Mäkinen. Ford race the WRC since ever and reached its first title in 1979.. Citroen has won 8 constructor championships ...more than Toyota Subrau and Mitsubishi together... pretty sure many want to see them... The Japanese impact in WRC did only happen because Lancia left the WRC with the end of the 1992 season... From 1993-1998 the WRC was a Subrau, Mitsubishi, Toyota show in 1999 Peugeot seriously was getting back into WRC and finished the Japanese dominance in 2000.. since that time Subaru and Mitsubishi had no impact anymore on the WRC constructor championship
          johnnythemoney
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dude
          Georg, you're right, but you can't admit Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota weren't major players in the nineties and earlier 2000. Yes, Mitsu won only with Makkinen, but so did Citroen with Loeb, so that's a bit unfair. VW came back with full factory supports and a huge budget, and with the best driver on the market (given Loeb wasn't available, would have loved to see them battle for the full season), but it doesn't take much away from their success. And I'm not a VW fan by any chance. The point is, when Subaru and Mitsubishi left, the field was left with Peugeot/Citroen and Ford. Too little. Now we almost got Mini into the game, but BMW and Prodrive screwed up things, Ford and Citroen are not as committed as VW, and eventually you're left with very few teams/automakers and a pretty obvious winner despite his excellent capabilities. Even if most can't even dream of a podium, F1 wouldn't be as interesting (and it's not particularly interesting already) with just Ferrari, McLaren and RBR, for example. Just look at what MotoGP had to create (CRTs) just to get more riders that those who automatically get points just for finishing. IIRC at some point there were just 12 riders, with 15 places been awarded points, with only 3 manufactureres. You alway need more teams and manufacturers to keep people interested.
          mbukukanyau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dude
          During WRC group B days, Subaru was a non entity. Mitsubishi was a non entity, the only Japanese teams competitive were Nissan/Datsun and Toyota, and they were not dominant. Rancia, Audi, Peugeot, Opel, etc, were the teams.. after group B died, they left, and thus WRC died
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I need to name my kid sebastien so they can be racecar drivers
      Charrop
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for him. After having to play second fiddle to Loeb on Citroen in 2011, he made his displeasure known when he was told to hold back in second place despite having the pace to beat Loeb on Day 1 of Rallye Duetchland. So Citroen cut his contract early and picked up Hirvonen. Watching him beat WRC cars with his S2000 Skoda in 2012 made it clear that it he was going to make 2013 his year, and he delivered in spectacular fashion.
      Major Lee Gassole
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loeb competed in 4 races. You're welcome, Ogier. Congrats, but you proved nothing without Loeb being there for THE ENTIRE SEASON. Do this 8 more times THEN ask me if I'm impressed.
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