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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