Image Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool Reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier collected his third consecutive victory in the historic Rallye Monte Carlo, beginning his quest for a fourth straight championship with maximum points. Ogier spent most of the rally trading the overall lead with Citroen's Kris Meeke in a solid duel, but a broken gearbox ended Meeke's challenge on Stage 12, relieving the pressure off the three-time champion. A victory on the Power Stage gave Ogier the maximum points for victory - the thirty-third of his WRC career, and joining an elite group of drivers to pick up a hat trick at Monte Carlo - Sandro Munari, Walter Röhrl, Tommi Mäkinen, and Sebastien Loeb did it previously. "This rally is the most important of the season for me and it's so emotional to win here for a third time," said Ogier after claiming the victory. "I've been dreaming of this since I was a kid. To win such a difficult rally three times in a row is fantastic, and a real team effort from everyone." The winning margin was 1 minute, 54 seconds over teammate Andreas Mikkelsen, who took second place in the Power Stage. Thierry Neuville limped home in third for Hyundai, driving the final leg with a broken prop shaft. Mads Østberg claimed fourth on his return to M-Sport, while Citroen's rookie Stephane Lefebvre placed fifth on his Monte debut in the top class. Dani Sordo finished sixth, and placed third on the Power Stage for a bonus marker for him and the Hyundai team. Ött Tanak was seventh, ahead of WRC-2 winner and former teammate Elfyn Evans, who was eighth overall, with Esapekka Lappi and Armin Kremer completing the points places. Along with Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala retired his Volkswagen late on day three with suspension damage after an off. They weren't alone in their misfortunes this weekend: Eric Camilli, Robert Kubica, and Lorenzo Bertelli all crashed out on day two, Hayden Paddon also crashed and limped home to 25th overall on the day, and Bryan Bouffier retired late in the third day from suspension damage. The next round is Rally Sweden, 11-14 February.