Tanak crash "killed the emotion" of WRC title win – Ogier



Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia sealed a sixth WRC title with a stage to spare in Coffs Harbor, thanks to title rivals Thierry Neuville and Tanak both crashing out on consecutive stages early in the final loop.

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It was at that moment that Ogier was guaranteed a sixth crown, regardless of whether he saw the finish.

While the crashes made it a dramatic end to the season from the outside, Ogier reckons it was anticlimactic from inside his M-Sport Ford.

The Frenchman says he and Ingrassia found out about Tanak's crash during a road section, which sucked the emotion out of the moment.

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"The problem is the way it happened today, it was a bit strange," he said when asked why his celebration was a little subdued compared to 2017.

"Ott stopped, we had a message on the road section and we were … okay, now it's done.

"It somewhat killed the emotion of the moment. But give me a bit of time, and I can tell you I'll enjoy it even more."

Ogier added that he can not pick a favorite from his six consecutive WRC titles, and that it's a different satisfaction to the four he collected at the wheel of the all-conquering Volkswagen between 2013 and 2016.

"They all taste good to me," he said. "I value all of them, because we had the best package with Volkswagen, but I believe we also invested a lot of energy and time to make that happen and to create all that together, and I was proud that we developed this [competition-]killing machine.

"This [with M-Sport] was a different way, and of course that's nice because. As a driver, that proves we can adapt and we can succeed in different conditions. That makes me happy.

"Six in a row, it's something really special. It's hard to put words on it."

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