AFP MIGUEL MEDINA
French racer Sebastian Augier crowned Toyota’s seventh title at the World Rally Championship, after winning the Italian Monza Rally on Sunday, picking up his forty-ninth win of his career.
Augier beat defending champion Ott Tanak, who finished second, and Spaniard Dani Sordo, who finished third.
“I’m very happy, but I’m not going to speak up, because there are a lot of people suffering this year, so I want to stay in shape,” said 36-year-old Augier after winning after a season that saw nearly half the races canceled due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. .
After winning four titles with Volkswagen between 2013 and 2016, and two with M-Sport Ford in 2017 and 2018, Auger became the second racer in history to win world titles with three different manufacturers after Finn Yoha Kankkunen (1986 with Peugeot, in 1987 and 1991. with Lancia and 1993). With Toyota).
It is noteworthy that another Frenchman, Sebastian Loeb, holds the record for the number of times he won the World Championship, nine times between 2004 and 2012.