Sebastien Ogier overcame numerous hurdles to win this weekend's Monte Carlo Rally.

The three-day event was one of the toughest ever as rain masked ice on the roads in southern France. That it was the reigning world champion that conquered the challenges was no surprise. VW Polo R WRC driver Ogier will go into each of this year's rallies as the favourite to win because his car is such a well developed machine and the Frenchman is on incredible form.

His Monte win was far from straight forward, though. A brief off on the first corner of Thursday morning's opening test no doubt focused his mind. But that wasn't his only transgression through the weekend. A poor tyre choice on Thursday meant he had to fight for his win.