Ogier, sanctioned with 1,500 euros in Salou for his 'tops' next to the podium
The French driver Sebastier Ogier will forever remember the RallyRACC Catalunya Costa Daurada 2022. His victory returned him to the top of the podium in a World Championship event after ten months (his last victory was at the Monza Rally 2021) and also led to its brand, Toyota, winning the constructors' title for the sixth time in its history.
However, he will also have the bad experience of having been sanctioned by the stewards of the International Automobile Federation, who have sanctioned him with a fine of 1,500 euros for infringing the World Rally Car regulations.
Specifically because of the 'tops' that he made just before getting on the podium of the race, located on Passeig Jaume I in Salou, an area that was not allowed to carry out that exhibition and where he therefore put the fans who attended in danger. live to the ceremony at the discretion of the judges.
The stewards' statement makes it clear that, despite the penalty, Sébastien Ogier thought he was driving in an exhibition area where donuts could be made.
“In accordance with article 34.1.3 of the 2022 FIA WRC Sporting Regulations, exhibition driving can only be carried out when permitted by the supplementary regulations of the rally,” the judges point out in their note, who add that “that no It was the case there, it does not put it in the supplementary regulations or in any bulletin ».
The French driver took his sanction ironically, as evidenced by the comment he left written on his official Twitter account: «The money is well spent... for the fans. Enjoy dinner”, referring to the FIA and the possible “use” that will be given to the fine that has been imposed.
Ogier was also fined in the 2021 edition of the Rally Catalunya Costa Daurada, as a result of overtaking a vehicle on the shoulder when he was on his way to the urban special that was held on Passeig Jaume I in Salou on the penultimate day of the test .
The incident on that occasion constituted a breach of article 34.3.1 of the FIA Sporting Code, which states that drivers must obey local traffic laws.
The next day the FIA stewards fined Ogier €2,000 for this action. They added another fine of 200 euros for not wearing the balaclava properly in the first stage.
That 2021 season, the French driver already received a fine of 800 euros for not properly fastening his helmet at the Rally of Finland and another of 7,000 euros for a collision with a vehicle at the Croatia test.