Ogier leaves Alén behind in Portugal: “He’s a legend”

By winning the Rally of Portugal for the 6th time in his career, Sébastien Ogier became the record holder for the Lusitanian event.

Published on 12/05/2024 à 15:39

Gonzalo Forbes

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Ogier leaves Alén behind in Portugal: “He’s a legend”

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The hunt is never over Sébastien Ogier, not even when he has a freelance role. Three weeks after his first success of the season in Croatia, the Gapençais did it again this weekend on the occasion of the Rally from Portugal.

a 60e victory added to his list and above all a new record. Yet another one. So far tied with Markku Alén in the number of successes on Portuguese soil, the Tricolore are now the only record holder on site with 6 triumphs, their first on site since 2017, then under the colors of M-Sport. Previously, it had established itself with Citroën and Volkswagen. Toyota is therefore the 4e different manufacturer to allow it to establish itself in Portugal.

« Again, I have nothing against being tied with Markku Alén because he's a legend, emphasized-he moments after his success. I have heard for many years “When are you going to break that record?”. It was a great weekend, not for the team unfortunately, but I did my best to bring them as many points as possible. It's a great feeling."

On a series of two consecutive victories, Sébastien Ogier will have the opportunity to continue since he is expected to start the Sardinia Rally at the end of the month (May 30 to June 2).

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

12/05/2024 at 09:40 a.m.

Hats off to the temporary worker! Congratulations for this 60th success but in “intermittent performance”, isn’t that a bad sign for the WRC? Wouldn't the level of the permanent staff leave a little to be desired even if they are all hoop acrobats?

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