Winning the World Rally Championship once is quite the achievement, winning it five times on the trot is just a bit special, and whilst Sebastien Ogier’s record is by no means as impressive as Sebastien Loeb and his nine titles, he’s still the dominant force in the sport and looks set to take on all comers in the 2018 season. Does his supremacy mean the season is a foregone conclusion or is it worth putting something on his rivals at sites like BetVictor before the year gets underway in Monte Carlo.
What is it about blokes called Sebastien and driving fast? Sure Vettel doesn’t spell it quite the same, but who is he kidding? And whilst he takes on Hamilton in the F1 season with a fairly good chance of making a go of it, the World Rally Championship has been utterly dominated by guys with the same name for what seems like forever. First Sebastien Loeb, now Sebastien Ogier, they were even, at one point, teammates, and the Rally odds you can find on sites like BetVictor mean it may stay this way.
Andreas Mikkelsen (source: Redbull.com)
This means your heart can go out to long time rival Thierry Neuville who has always been the bridesmaid but never the bride and whilst he again threatens to be the singular opponent that could unseat the reigning champion those that regularly bet on sports in the UK the chances of him actually doing so are far slimmer than the rally odds on sites like BetVictor might indicate. That said his four wins last year might well give Ogier a glimmer of worry, but it’ll only be fleeting after Monte Carlo.
Is It Monte Carlo Or Bust For Thierry Neuville?
Sbeastien Ogier (source: Redbull.com)
For those of a certain age as you read the words Monte Carlo Rally odds are you can’t help but think of that wonderfully silly movie “Monte Carlo Or Bust” starring Tony Curtis, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and the ample attractions of Mierille Darc. Sure, it wasn’t as good as “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” to which it was a sequel but equally watchable, and the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship might well take on some of the same character as last year, that doesn’t mean it’ll be a replay.
Andreas Mikkelsen, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke will all be pushing just as hard as Neuville right from the get go, and if that weren’t enough to make a grown champion wary Sebastien Loeb may well make a reappearance having landed a part time job with old employers Citroen. Having the one guy in the world you know for sure is better than you around can’t do your ego any good and I won’t be alone in the UK gambling news of this interesting addition to the season might not just put Ogier off his stride.
Find All Your World Rally Odds At BetVictor
- Khalid Al-Qassimi – 1000/1
- Stephane Lefebvre – 300/1
- Haydon Paddon – 150/1
- Dani Sordo – 150/1
- Craig Breen – 150/1
- Esapekka Lappi – 33/1
- Elfyn Evans – 16/1
- Kris Meeke – 14/1
- Jari-Matti Latvala – 6/1
- Andreas Mikkelsen – 6/1
- Ott Tanak – 5/1
- Thierry Neuville – 2/1
- Sebastien Ogier – 7/4
Sites like BetVictor will, naturally, offer you extremely short rally odds on Sebastien Ogier winning the 2018 World Rally Championship, they might be more cautious than last year, but that doesn’t make them any the more palatable. You’ll find 7/4 at best on the Frenchman that makes even the 2/1 odds on offered on Neuville look long, with Ott Tanak further out on around 5/1 and leaves Mikkelsen and Latvala somewhere around 6/1 looking unlikely and Meeke limping about at 14/1 with little or no hope.
Last year we all expected Hamilton to sweep to an easy championship win in F1, and a guy called Sebastian shocked everyone by winning the season opener making it all look very uncertain all of a sudden, and if you’re apt to take advantage of UK gambling laws and the Rally odds offered online by sites like BetVictor it might be worthwhile having a punt on the WRC having a similar sort of moment as they rev off into the winding roads of the 2018 Monte Carlo Rally for four days on January the 25th.