Julien Ingrassia (born 26 November 1979) is a French rally co-driver. Working with Sébastien Ogier, he became World Rally Champion in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Volkswagen Motorsport, and 2017 and 2018 with M-Sport World Rally Team.

Julien Ingrassia
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Ingrassia in 2013
Personal information
NationalityFrance French
Born (1979-11-26) November 26, 1979 (age 40)
Aix-en-Provence, France
World Rally Championship record
Active years2008–present
TeamsToyota
M-Sport World Rally Team
Volkswagen Motorsport
Citroën Total World Rally Team
Citroën Junior Team
Rallies149
Championships6 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Rally wins47
Podiums79
Stage wins563
First rally2008 Rally Mexico
First win2010 Rally de Portugal
Last win2019 Rally Turkey
Last rally2019 Rally Catalunya

Rally careerEdit

Ingrassia made his debut in rallying in 2002 at the Critérium des Cévennes. He had several experiences in regional rallies and took part in a single-brand championship for the first time in 2004, the Coupe Peugeot 206.

Debut with the French FederationEdit

In 2006, he joined Sébastien Ogier in the Rallye Jeunes FFSA team. Together, they took their first wins in Coupe Peugeot 206. They also learnt their way on regional and national rallies, before rapidly tackling the international scene.

2008: JWRC World Champion

Ingrassia reached the world level entering the Junior world rally championship with the Equipe de France FFSA run by the French Federation. With three wins out of six rallies during the season, he won the JWRC World Rally Champion title with Sébastien Ogier. Considered as the French succession in rallying, the pair stayed only one season in JWRC before climbing to the WRC championship.

Citroën (2009–2011)Edit

In 2009, Ingrassia entered the Citroën Junior Team and took a maiden podium at the Acropolis Rally. In 2010, he and Ogier scored their maiden victory in Portugal. From Rally Finland, they joined the Citroën Total World Rally Team, official team of the French manufacturer, for the last gravel rounds of the 2010 season. They took their second victory of the year in Japan.

For the 2011 season, Ingrassia and Ogier joined the main Citroën team. They took the same number of wins than their team-mates Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (5), despite team orders clearly given in favor of Loeb on the last five rounds of the season.[citation needed] Citroën decided to stop their association with the young crew at the end of the season.

Successes and titles with Volkswagen (2012–2016)Edit

 
Julien Ingrassia at the 2013 Rally Finland

Ingrassia and Ogier joined Volkswagen Motorsport with a first contract covering three seasons from 2012 to 2014. Having to choose between Ford and Volkswagen, they decided to take up the challenge proposed by the German manufacturer which consisted in missing the 2012 WRC championship to develop the brand new Polo R WRC.[citation needed]

Their 2012 season was particularly busy as they competed in almost every world championship rally at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia S2000, while developing the Polo R WRC.

After a podium during the opening round of the 2013 season, Ingrassia and Ogier won Rally Sweden, a major feat given the Scandinavian’s domination on home soil. They took a total of 9 victories, won 111 special stages and scored 290 points, a record in the WRC. Their maiden World Champions title was confirmed on the first stage of the 2013 Rallye de France-Alsace, while Volkswagen took the manufacturers’ title on the following round, in Spain.

In 2014, the reigning World Champions started their title defense winning the Rallye Monte-Carlo. They already added their names on the winners’ list of this prestigious rally while it was part of the IRC calendar in 2009, but this was the first time that they won it in the WRC category.

As they also took victories in Mexico, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Australia, Spain and Wales, Ingrassia and Ogier clinched their second title on the penultimate round of the season. Ingrassia became the first French codriver with two WRC titles.

 
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia at the 2015 Rally Italy.

Ingrassia and Ogier defended their championship in 2015, winning eight rallies and nine Power Stages, despite new rules that force the championship leaders to open the road for the first two legs of each rally.[1]

Despite the running order regulation didn't change in 2016, Julien Ingrassia and Sébastien Ogier went on to win a fourth world champion title with six more WRC wins. Volkswagen also secured the Manufacturer title before surprisingly announcing its retirement from WRC before the last round of the season.

A new chapter with M-SportEdit

On 12 December 2016, it was announced that Ogier and Ingrassia would be driving the new Ford Fiesta WRC for M-Sport during the 2017 season.

They started this new partnership with a win on Rally Monte Carlo and then maintained the leadership in the following months, with another victory in Portugal and a total of nine podium finishes. Facing Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak as their main rivals, they clinched their fifth world champions title at the Wales Rally GB, with one round to go in the championship.

StatsEdit

TitlesEdit

Season Title Car
2007 French 206 Cup winner Peugeot 206
2008 Junior World Rally Champion Citroën C2 S1600
2013 World Rally Champion Volkswagen Polo R WRC
2014 World Rally Champion Volkswagen Polo R WRC
2015 World Rally Champion Volkswagen Polo R WRC
2016 World Rally Champion Volkswagen Polo R WRC
2017 World Rally Champion Ford Fiesta WRC
2018 World Rally Champion Ford Fiesta WRC

VictoriesEdit

WRC victoriesEdit

 #  Event Season Driver Car
1   44th Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2010   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C4 WRC
2   6th Rally Japan 2010   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C4 WRC
3   45th Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2011   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC
4   29th Jordan Rally 2011   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC
5   57th Acropolis Rally 2011   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC
6   29th ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2011   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC
7   2nd Rallye de France-Alsace 2011   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC
8   61st Rally Sweden 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
9   27th Rally Guanajuato México 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
10   47th Rally de Portugal 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
11   10th Rally di Sardegna 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
12   63rd Neste Oil Rally Finland 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
13   22nd Rally Australia 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
14   4th Rallye de France-Alsace 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
15   49th Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
16   69th Wales Rally GB 2013   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
17   82nd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
18   28th Rally Guanajuato México 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
19   48th Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
20   11th Rally di Sardegna 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
21   71st LOTOS Rally Poland 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
22   23rd Coates Hire Rally Australia 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
23   50th Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
24   70th Wales Rally GB 2014   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
25   83rd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
26   63rd Rally Sweden 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
27   29th Rally Guanajuato México 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
28   12° Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
29   72nd LOTOS Rally Poland 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
30   33rd Rallye Deutschland 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
31   24th Rally Australia 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
32   71st Wales Rally GB 2015   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
33   84th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
34   64th Rally Sweden 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
35   34th Rally Germany 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
36   60th Rally France 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
37   52nd Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
38   72nd Wales Rally GB 2016   Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC
39   85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2017   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
40   51° Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2017   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
41   86th Automobile Rallye Monte-Carlo 2018   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
42   32nd Rally Guanajuato México 2018   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
43   61ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France 2018   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
44   74th Wales Rally GB 2018   Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta WRC
45   87ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 2019   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C3 WRC
46   33rd Rally Guanajuato México 2019   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C3 WRC
47   12th Rally Turkey 2019   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C3 WRC

JWRC victoriesEdit

# Season Rally Country Driver Car
1 2008   22nd Rally Mexico Mexico   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600
2 2008   26th Rally Jordan Jordan   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600
3 2008   27th Rally Germany Germany   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 S1600

IRC VictoriesEdit

 #  Event Season Driver Car
1   77th Rallye Monte-Carlo 2009   Sébastien Ogier Peugeot 207 S2000

Other victoriesEdit

# Season Rally Country Driver Car
1 2010 26th Rallye della Lanterna Italy   Sébastien Ogier Citroën C4 WRC
2 2011 26th Rallye National Vosgien France   Sébastien Ogier Citroën DS3 WRC

World rally championship recordsEdit

  • Win with the slightest margin: 0.2 seconds on at the Rally Jordan, on 2011 April, 16th.

Rally recordsEdit

WRC resultsEdit

Complete WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
2008 Equipe de France FFSA Citroën C2 S1600 MON SWE MEX
8
ARG JOR
11
ITA
22
GRC TUR GER
19
NZL ESP
Ret
FRA
20
JPN 21st 1
Sébastien Ogier Citroën C2 R2 FIN
35
Equipe de France FFSA Citroën C4 WRC GBR
26
2009 Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC IRE
6
NOR
10
CYP
Ret
POR
17
ARG
7
ITA
Ret
GRE
2
POL
Ret
FIN
6
AUS
5
ESP
5
GBR
Ret
8th 24
2010 Citroën Junior Team Citroën C4 WRC SWE
5
MEX
3
JOR
6
TUR
4
NZL
2
POR
1
BUL
4
GER
3
FRA
6
ESP
10
4th 167
Citroën Total WRT FIN
2
JPN
1
GBR
Ret
2011 Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC SWE
4
MEX
Ret
POR
1
JOR
1
ITA
4
ARG
3
GRE
1
FIN
3
GER
1
AUS
11
FRA
1
ESP
Ret
GBR
11
3rd 196
2012 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
Ret
SWE
11
MEX
8
POR
7
ARG
7
GRE
7
NZL FIN
10
GER
6
GBR
12
FRA
11
ITA
5
ESP
Ret
10th 41
2013 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON
2
SWE
1
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
2
GRE
10
ITA
1
FIN
1
GER
17
AUS
1
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 290
2014 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON
1
SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
2
ITA
1
POL
1
FIN
2
GER
Ret
AUS
1
FRA
13
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 267
2015 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
1
ARG
17
POR
2
ITA
1
POL
1
FIN
2
GER
1
AUS
1
FRA
15
ESP
Ret
GBR
1
1st 263
2016 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
2
ARG
2
POR
3
ITA
3
POL
6
FIN
24
GER
1
CHN
C
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
AUS
2
1st 268
2017 M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC MON
1
SWE
3
MEX
2
FRA
2
ARG
4
POR
1
ITA
5
POL
3
FIN
Ret
GER
3
ESP
2
GBR
3
AUS
4
1st 232
2018 M-Sport Ford Ford Fiesta WRC MON
1
SWE
10
MEX
1
FRA
1
ARG
4
POR
Ret
ITA
2
FIN
5
GER
4
TUR
10
GBR
1
ESP
2
AUS
5
1st 219
2019 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C3 WRC MON
1
SWE
29
MEX
1
FRA
2
ARG
3
CHL
2
POR
3
ITA
41
FIN
5
GER
7
TUR
1
GBR
3
ESP
8
AUS
C
3rd 217
2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC MON SWE MEX CHL
C
ARG POR ITA KEN FIN NZL TUR GER GBR JPN NC 0

Complete JWRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 JWRC Points
2008 Equipe de France FFSA Citroën C2 S1600 MEX
1
JOR
1
ITA
5
FIN GER
1
ESP
Ret
FRA
2
1st 42

Full results in WRCEdit

Season Team Starts Victories Podiums Stage wins DNF Points Final result
2008 Private 8 0 0 1 1 1 21st
2009 Citroën Junior Team 12 0 1 13 ** 4 24 8th
2010 Citroën Junior Team 10 1 4 27 * 0 124 4th
Citroën Total WRT 3 1 2 10 1 43
2011 Citroën Total WRT 13 5 7 56 ** 2 196 3rd
2012 Volkswagen Motorsport 12 0 0 1 2 41 10th
2013 Volkswagen Motorsport 13 9 11 110 * 0 290 1st
2014 Volkswagen Motorsport 13 8 10 94 1 267 1st
2015 Volkswagen Motorsport 13 8 10 95 ** 1 263 1st
2016 Volkswagen Motorsport 13 6 11 72 *** 0 268 1st
2017 M-Sport 13 2 9 22 1 232 1st
2018 M-Sport 13 4 6 38 1 219 1st
2019 Citroën Total WRT 13 3 8 24* 0 217 3rd
Total 149 47 79 563 14 2185

(*) including one ex-aequo stage win
(**) including two ex-aequo stage wins
(***) including five ex-aequo stage wins

IRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
2009 BF Goodrich Drivers Team Peugeot 207 S2000 MON
1
BRA KEN POR BEL RUS POR CZE ESP ITA SCO 8th 10
2010 Sébastien Ogier Peugeot 207 S2000 MON
Ret
BRA ARG CAN ITA
Ret
BEL AZO MAD CZE ITA SCO CYP 0

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