Ogier enjoys home comforts
New world champion Sebastien Ogier won his home Rally of France on Sunday.
The Volkswagen driver had secured the title on the opening day of the event on Thursday and he celebrated in style on Sunday by taking the event win as well.
"There has been so much emotion this weekend," said Ogier after securing his seventh win of the season.
"After the excitement of winning the title on Thursday, it was difficult to get back into the race. But we couldn't stay like that all weekend and decided to react yesterday," Ogier told the World Rally website.
"We pushed to the maximum then and this morning we soon made a gap at the front.
"Then we had to bring the car home, which wasn't easy in the rain and mud. We started the story from zero with Volkswagen last year, and now we're close to the manufacturers' title as well."
Ogier did not have it all his own way as he and retiring multiple title holder Sebastien Loeb, this year only contesting select events in the championship, had to give second best early in the rally as Dani Sordo, Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville contested the first three places.
Ogier had admitted to losing focus after securing the title on Thursday and by the mid-point of the rally Neuville had taken charge in his M-Sport Ford.
But Neuville lost over a minute after damaging a tyre on Saturday to leave Sordo, Latvala, Loeb and Ogier to battle it out on the final day.
Loeb's final event ended on Sunday morning as he crashed out on the first stage as Ogier grabbed the lead.
Despite the best efforts of Sordo in his Citroen Ogier was able to take the event win by 12 seconds and celebrate his title victory in style.
Latvala slipped back from the leading duo and had to settle for third in his Volkswagen, with Neuville coming home a distant fourth.
M-Sport Ford's Evgeny Novikov claimed fifth place, followed by Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen), Andreas Mikkelsen (Volksswagen), Mads Ostberg (M-Sport Ford), Robert Kubica (Citroen) and Romain Dumas (M-Sport Ford).