Going out on a high

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Going out on a high thumbnailPrior to joining M-Sport Sebastien Ogier enjoyed four successful years with Volkswagen before it withdrew from the competition, leaving the Frenchman needing to find a new seat. WK50083

The FIA World Rally Championship is all about numbers - and big ones at that. The dust has just about settled on the 2017 season, which comprised thirteen rounds spread across three continents.
Crews from three manufacturer teams - Citroen, Hyundai and Toyota - and M-Sport which, in recent days, has just received increased backing from Ford, tackled hundreds of stages over thousands of competitive miles on snow, gravel and Tarmac. And then there are details such as the manpower involved and the wage bill this commands, hotel and air travel costs and the hours spent sleeping in hotel rooms, or rather lack of. But the only number that matters to Ronan McCrory is two: the drivers' crown clinched by Sebastien Ogier and the teams' title won by outgoing employer, M-Sport.
Not many can say they have had a hand in helping Ogier become a five-time WRC champion but McCrory can as he was one of four mechanics designated to work on the Frenchman's Fiesta WRC.
Most accept M-Sport builds cars capable of winning titles; they came close in 2007 only for Marcus Gronholm to crash on Rally Ireland and again in 2009 when Mikko Hirvonen lost out - by a point.
Ogier joined the team at the end of last year following Volkswagen's shock decision to withdraw its presence following the 'dieselgate' emissions scandal that has already cost it billions of pounds.
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