Monte Carlo 2019: The 6th Tightest WRC Finish Ever

Scoring his sixth successive Monte Carlo victory, it seems that Sebastien Ogier already knows all he needs about his new Citroën C3 WRC.

FIA World Rally Championship Monte-Carlo - Day Two
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Over a distance of 849 miles, 2.2 seconds between Ogier's Citroën and Neuville's Hyundai. That's all what Rallye Monte Carlo, WRC's always tough season opener, came down to. Only five rallies had a tighter finish since the series began in 1973:

During the 1998 Portugal Rally, Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza was 2.1 seconds quicker than Carlos Sainz's Toyota Corolla. In 2017 in Argentina, Thierry Neuville's Hyundai beat Elfyn Evans' Ford by 0.7 second. A year later, Neuville once again managed to find seven tenths in front of Ogier's Ford. In New Zealand in 2007, Marcus Grönholm was only 0.3 faster than Loeb, while 2011 saw the tightest finish so far, when in Jordan, Ogier won by 0.2 over Jari-Matti Latvala.

Starting 2019 with a bang, Toyota newbie Kris Meeke won one stage at Monte Carlo, while Hyundai newbie Sebastien Loeb won a couple for a fourth place overall.

Despite suffering from a mild technical problem, Rallye Monte Carlo was once again all about Citroën newbie Sebastien Ogier, who secured his sixth local victory, along with Citroën's 100th rally win. Thierry Neuville owns those 2.2 seconds to a driving error, while Ott Tänak managed to grab the third place for Toyota, finishing a little over two minutes behind the Belgian.

M-Sport may have not found its championship-winning pace yet, but with such a tight Citroën-Hyundai-Toyota podium right at the start, the 2019 WRC season couldn't look more promising.

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