Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour
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Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

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He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against team-mate Elfyn Evans

Sebastien Ogier underlined his place in World Rally Championship history with his eighth world title in his final full-time campaign, while the breathtaking generation of WRC machinery, introduced in 2017 and the most spectacular cars since the Group B era, delivered a memorable last blast through the world’s toughest stages.

These perhaps seminal WRC moments played out fittingly across a greatest-hits 12-round calendar, including long-awaited returns to the iconic Safari and Acropolis rallies, as normality threatened to return after last year’s COVID-induced shortened season. Add to that a titanic title fight between Toyota team-mates Ogier and Elfyn Evans that went down to the wire (including two of the closest battles in history), a crop of young stars making their mark, and plenty of drama in between – 2021 was a season to cherish.

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