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Autosport Awards 2016: Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Driver award

World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier was named the best Rally Driver for the fourth-consecutive year, during the Autosport Awards in London

Autosport Awards 2016: Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Driver award

Ogier clinched a fourth-straight WRC title with Volkswagen with two events to spare in Spain in October, and won six of the year's 13 rallies.

While he grappled with the WRC's contentious and now-dropped running order rules, Ogier only finished two rallies off the podium.

In what became the dominant Volkswagen's final season as a works team, as it announced its exit in November, the best of Ogier's team-mates in the championship - Andreas Mikkelsen in third - only managed 57% of the Frenchman's points haul.

Ogier's future is uncertain following VW's exit, but he has tested M-Sport and the incoming Toyota's new-generation 2017 WRC cars in recent weeks.

"First of all I would like to say I'm very proud to be rally driver of the year," said Ogier in a video message.

"I would like to thank all the readers of Autosport, It's a great pleasure.

"I'm very sorry not to be there tonight - it's a tough time at the moment and I prefer to spend my energy on sorting my future. Thanks a lot."

Kris Meeke and Craig Breen - who impressed in partial WRC campaigns with the satellite PH Sport Citroen outfit - were among the other nominees along with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon, and Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel.

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