Seven times World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier celebrated the 50th victory of his career by winning the Monte Carlo season-opener for a record eighth time on Sunday.

The Frenchman, who was born and grew up in Gap where the rally is based, beat Welsh team-mate Elfyn Evans by 32.6 seconds in a Toyota one-two.

Last year's winner Thierry Neuville of Belgium denied the Japanese manufacturer a podium sweep with third place for Hyundai.

Ogier had previously been level with compatriot and nine times world champion Sebastien Loeb with seven Monte Carlo rally wins each.

The 37-year-old Ogier took a maximum 30-point haul from the asphalt event in the French Alps, run without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic, after also winning the final power stage for five bonus points.