Ogier confirms he’ll return in México

The Monte Carlo Rally winner's next WRC appearance will be on round three

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Sébastien Ogier has confirmed that his next World Rally Championship round will be Rally México in March.

Ogier is contesting a part-time WRC campaign for the second year in a row in 2023, sharing a Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 with Takamoto Katsuta.

Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais currently lead the championship after winning last weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally, but will sit out Rally Sweden next month.

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Their return for México was largely expected considering Ogier’s history with the event, and Katsuta’s lack of experience there.

México was Ogier’s first WRC rally all the way back in 2008 and he has won it six times in the past – a record he shares with Sébastien Loeb.

Katsuta meanwhile has never started the event before.

In an exclusive interview with French broadcaster Canal+, Ogier announced that he will be joining the WRC in returning to Guanajuato for the first time since 2020.

“There won’t be any Sweden, but I think everybody knew that,” Ogier said.

“But it’s not really a secret that I’m announcing that I’ll be in Mexico for the following round. It’s a round that I’ve always enjoyed, which has returned to the calendar after two years due to COVID, so it was kind of an obvious choice from both my side and the team’s.

“I’ve always performed well there on the Mexican gravel, so it won’t be too long a wait between Monte Carlo and my next rally.”

Rally México takes place on March 16-19.

Words:Luke Barry

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