January 16, 2013
Battle of the Sabastiens!
Apparently, if your name is Sebastien, you have a 60% chance of being faster every time but, how does it work if you pit two Sebastiens against each other?
2013 Montecarlo Rally, the last one ever for Sebastien Loeb, the first for the "other" Sebastien, Ogier, in the new Volkswagen Polo WRC.
Stage 1 and it's a narrow victory for Ogier, 3.7 seconds over Loeb. Predictably, this just serves to make Loeb mad and he proceeds to give Ogier 10 seconds on Stage 2 and 19 seconds on stage 3.
Overall the four stage first leg ends with Loeb ahead of Ogier by a fairly massive 1:20 and 1:46 in front of third place Hirvonnen.
Long rally, brutal weather, lots of snow,and as it turns out, embarrassing timing and scoring issues for the FIA and the ACM