“If you had told me that…”

“If you had told me that…”

Winner this weekend in Portugal of his 60th rally in the WRC category, Sébastien Ogier admits after improving his own success record that he never thought he would one day be able to boast of owning such a collection. Even if he is still far from Sébastien Loeb’s impressive mark.

And one more which makes sixty. Three weeks after winning his 59th victory in Croatia since his WRC debut, Sébastien Ogier (40 years old) set his sights even higher this weekend in Portugal, adding a 60th success (record) in the category to his collection. Afterward, the Gapençais, crowned eight times world champion, was very proud of having improved his own record (Editor’s note: Finnish Markku Alén also had 59 WRC victories before Sunday).

Ogier savored it all the more as he never expected the moment for him to make his first laps at this level to reach such a total day, even more so on these lands so symbolic for him, where everything had begun. “It would be incomprehensible to say that I’m not super happy. If you had told me in 2010 during my first victory here in Portugal that I would reach sixty victories fourteen years later, I would not have been able to believe it. This kind of number is incredible“, appreciated Ogier, who now alone has one more success than the four active drivers with the most victories (Neuville, 20, Tänak, 19, Rovanperä, 12 and Evans, 8).

Ogier: “You just have to enjoy it”

On the other hand, the eight-fold star, which ensures “focus on winning” each rally in which he participates but without “really look at (his) number of victories”, is still very far from Sébastien Loeb and his 80 WRC successes. But that is not part of his future concerns. For Ogier, the most important thing is to enjoy each outing he does (Editor’s note: He is only partially participating in the World Championship) and to finish as close as possible to another victory. “I don’t know what the future will bring for me, you just have to enjoy it and be happy once again to be on the top step of the podium”insisted on Sunday the winner of this Portuguese rally which is one of his favorites (Editor’s note: Six successes, compared to seven in Mexico and nine in Monte-Carlo).

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