Sebastien Ogier wins Monte Carlo rally for a record 9th time

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has won the season-opening Monte Carlo rally for a record ninth time to break the tie with countryman Sebastien Loeb. The eight-time world champion Ogier powered his Toyota to victory over defending world champion Kalle Rovanperä of Finland (Toyota) and Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai). The 39-year-old Ogier won nine of the 18 special stages for his 56th race win. He finished 18.8 seconds ahead of Rovanperä and 44.6 clear of Neuville. Rally Sweden is the next race on Feb. 12.

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