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Ogier sets Monte Carlo shakedown benchmark for WRC opener

Held in sunny and predominantly dry conditions, the Frenchman’s benchmark through the 2.29km of ‘Saint-Agnes / Peille’ aboard the Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris Rally1 car was 1m50.4s. A winner of the Tarmac classic on a record-breaking eight occasions, the reigning World Rally champion had half-a-second in hand over fellow countryman, Sebastien Loeb.  Competing in M-Sport Ford colours this weekend following his second-place finish at the Dakar Rally with the Bahrain Raid Extreme squad, Loeb set the benchmark on the first two passes before he was usurped right at the death.  Loeb was the meat in a Toyota sandwich as 2021 WRC runner-up Elfyn Evans slotted his Yaris Rally1 car into third...
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