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JWRC: Ogier wants title.

Sebastien Ogier has pledged to do everything he can on the RallyRACC Catalunya Catalunya-Costa Daurada this week in a bid to sow up the 2008 Junior World Rally Championship title.

Ogier took his third J-WRC win of the season last time out in Germany and now heads to Spain for the sixth round in this year's Junior series' with a nine-point cushion over Shaun Gallagher.

While Gallagher is not really a threat - as he will miss the final Junior event in Corsica next weekend as it is not one of his nominated rounds - Aaron Burkart and Michal Kosciuszko could both make Ogier wait, as they are only ten and twelve points adrift respectively.

Whatever happens, the FFSA-backed man will definitely start as the favourite in his Citroen C2 S1600 and a win would guarantee him the crown regardless of how his competitors perform.

"This event could well mark an important milestone in my career," he noted. "I'm going to try everything possible to finish in front of Aaron Burkart and Michal Kosciuszko, who are my key championship rivals. A win would allow me to claim the title before the final round in Corsica, so there is a lot of pressure on my shoulders.

"These stages will be all new to me, as I have only ever been to the Catalunya Rally as a spectator, but competing on the Corte Rally in Corsica two weeks ago definitely helped to refine my asphalt technique."

Jean-Francois Lienere, who is in charge of Citroen Sport's customer competitions programme, meanwhile is eager to see 'his' man get the job done.

"Catalunya is definitely going to be a decisive event for the championship," he continued. "Luckily our cars have always been competitive in Spain, with Dani Sordo winning the Juniors here in 2005 and Martin Prokop emerging on top in 2006.

"Spain is traditionally a very quick rally and the stages tend to be quite clean. It will be important for the competitors to stick to the correct line to avoid punctures. I'm confident though that the reliability of our cars will allow us to score some good points on this rally."


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