The Crews

Ogier Ingrassia

SEBASTIEN OGIER

With four world titles to his name, Sébastien Ogier is one of rallying’s most talented and dedicated sportsmen. Trained as both a mechanic and a ski instructor, it’s behind the wheel where Ogier truly shines and has become one of the most successful competitors in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Frenchmen got his break after winning the FFSA’s Rallye Jeunes series in 2005. Designed to give France’s most talented up-and-coming youngsters a shot at the big time, Ogier was quickly recognised and truly made the most of the opportunity.

Making his WRC debut at the 2008 edition of Rally Mexico, the Frenchman was an instant victor – winning the J-WRC class and securing a highly impressive eighth place overall. Winning the J-WRC Championship that year, it wasn’t long before Ogier was behind the wheel of a top-specification world rally car – piloting the Citroen C4 WRC at Wales Rally GB the same year.

Joining the Citroen Junior team in 2009, the Frenchman secured his first podium with second place at the Acropolis Rally of Greece and the first of many victories soon followed.

Stepping up to the main Citroen team in 2010, six podiums included two outright victories at both the Vodafone Rally de Portugal and the Rally of Japan.

A further five victories followed in 2011 before a career switch to Volkswagen Motorsport saw the Frenchman take a year out to develop the Volkswagen Polo R and compete in selected events behind the wheel of a Skoda Fabia S2000 throughout the 2012 season.

Making his debut with the Volkswagen squad in 2013, Ogier claimed four drivers’ titles and increased his tally of victories to an impressive 38.

This year, the formidable Frenchman joins forces with the M-Sport World Rally Team, piloting the all-new Ford Fiesta WRC throughout the 2017 season.

Ogier Ingrassia Action

JULIEN INGRASSIA

When it comes to co-drivers, Julien Ingrassia is one of the most talented guys out there. Organised and dedicated, the Frenchman has secured four consecutive championship titles and remains a force to be reckoned with alongside Sébastien Ogier in the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Frenchman got a taste for co-driving in his homeland in 2002 and soon became a regular at regional events. In 2006, he joined forces with Ogier and the pairing has been inseparable ever since.

Making his WRC debut in 2008, the Frenchman aided his compatriot to the championship laurels at their first and only outing in the Junior World Rally Championship, and the top-flight soon beckoned.

Throughout their long and successful partnership, the pairing has secured 38 victories and 56 podiums for two prestigious manufacturer teams. Joining M-Sport’s privateer squad for the 2017 season, the Frenchman will be looking to add to his impressive resume with the all-new Ford Fiesta WRC.

 

Evans and Barritt

ELFYN EVANS

A 17-year-old Elfyn Evans first embarked upon a career in rallying in 2006. Eleven years later he was standing on the top-step of the podium having secured his maiden FIA World Rally Championship victory on home soil at Wales Rally GB.

Starting his career in the F1000 Rally Championship, the Welshman quickly progressed to the Ford Fiesta ST and became a double champion just two years into his career – winning both the UK and Ireland Fiesta Sport Trophies (FST).

The next step was the Ford Fiesta R2. In 2010, he dominated the FST UK series and was crowed Junior British Rally Champion as well as Pirelli’s 2010 Star Driver.

But it was 2012 which was arguably the most important season of Evans’ career. Contesting the FIA WRC Academy, the Welshman excelled on both gravel and asphalt to emerge victorious. Wrapping up the six-round season with one to spare, he secured a WRC 2 drive with M-Sport the following year.

He secured his first WRC 2 win and eighth place overall at Wales Rally GB, but that wasn’t to be his most impressive performance in 2013. Having received a late call to stand in for Nasser Al-Attiyah at Rally Italia Sardegna, he had to endure his world rally car debut in less than ideal circumstances.

Despite tackling an event he had never previously contested with a co-driver he had no previous experience of, the Welshman produced the breakthrough performance of the year. Piloting the Ford Fiesta RS WRC to an incredible sixth place overall, he became part of an elite group of ‘rookies’ to have impressed to such an extent on their equivalent debuts.

Evans is a near-perfect example of Ford and M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ in operation and in 2014 his determination was rewarded. Obtaining the top step of the ladder, he was enrolled alongside Mikko Hirvonen for a full season as a manufacturer driver for the M-Sport World Rally Team’s 2014 campaign.

Another full season followed in 2015 – with two podium finishes – before a year out in 2016 when he claimed the British Rally Championship laurels.

In 2017, Evans returned to the world stage with a point to prove. He missed out on a maiden victory at Rally Argentina by a cruel 0.7 seconds, but made it count on home soil – dominating Wales Rally G to bring home a convincing maiden victory.

 

Evans Action

DANIEL BARRITT

Daniel Barritt is amongst one of the most accomplished and respected co-drivers in the sport. With more than 15 years of experience, his meticulous attention to detail makes him a firm favourite amongst his peers.

It was in 1996 that a 16-year-old Barritt first caught a taste for rallying as he competed at Scotland’s Tour of Mull. His appetite whetted, the Brit went on to contest a number of local and national rallies in the British Isles.

In 2006, Barritt embarked upon his first full season in the WRC – co-driving for Japanese driver Fumio Nutahara in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC). The pairing clinched three victories in Monte-Carlo, Japan and Cyprus, which was enough to see the Briton crowned vice PWRC co-driving champion.

But it was 2009 that saw Barritt launch a full-scale attack on rallying’s premier league as he partnered Conrad Rautenbach in a full season for the Citroen Junior Team’s line-up.

With his skills widely acknowledged, Barritt became a regular at WRC level. In 2010 he partnered Toshi Arai in the PWRC before teaming up with Alastair Fisher for 2011 and 2012.

Barritt and Evans may have been rivals in the 2012 WRC Academy, but when the time came for Evans to progress his career as the newly-crowned WRC Academy Cup winner, there was no one more fitting for the job than his former adversary.

The pairing stayed together throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015, and Barritt was back by the Welshman’s side when he made a comeback to top-level rallying in 2017.

That would prove to be a stand-out year for Barritt – claiming his maiden WRC victory in dominant style on the home soil of Wales Rally GB.

Continuing to partner Evans in 2018, the pairing are determined to enjoy the taste of champagne once more.