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JWRC: Title is not lost, says Ogier.

Citroen's Sebastien Ogier will be out to finish the job on the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse this weekend and clinch the 2008 Junior World Rally Championship title on home ground.

Ogier, who has dominated this year's J-WRC series, looked all set to wrap things up in Spain and was leading by over a minute, when he hit a bank in the last stage on day two and damaged the radiator on his Citroen C2 S1600.

That no score allowed Aaron Burkart to close the gap from ten points to just four and the German now has an outside chance of stealing the crown should the Frenchman drop the ball again.

"Obviously we were disappointed not to have finished the event in Spain. All the more so as when we retired we had everything under control," said Ogier. "I have to underline the fact though that the title is not lost.

"We're still leading the world championship and we're racing on home territory this coming weekend. I start the rally with a small points' advantage but I need to do a good job in Corsica."

Asked how he will approach the final round in the J-WRC, Ogier noted that the main thing will be to avoid a repeat of his Catalunya gaff.

"We're going to do our best to stay 100 per cent concentrated on the championship and try and avoid problems, especially punctures which are very easy to pick up on the island's back roads," he continued. "It's also clear that I've got to digest the mistake I made last week.

"Only Aaron Burkhart, who's also driving a Citroën C2 Super 1600, can pip us at the post [and also win the title]. We're four points in front of him. He has to score five points more than us to get the title. If he wins in Corsica he doesn't want us to be on the rostrum. Even if we'll be under a bit more pressure than usual I don't think things are looking too bad.

"Naturally I would be absolutely delighted to win the title, which would be a just reward for the PH Sport team and all our mechanics for the hard work put in all year, as well as our partners. In order to do that though, we need to get to the end of three tough days and beat our German rival to the title."



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