WRC »

Ogier forced out of Rallye du Condroz.

Newly crowned Junior World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier was unable to make it to the finish of the Rallye du Condroz-Huy following an event long battle with fellow Citroen driver Bruno Thiry.

The Belgian event took place over three days with Ogier and Thiry running in close proximity on the timing sheets through to the final day.

While Thiry was able to finish 14th overall in his Citroen C2-R2 MAX, Ogier was forced out due to a gearbox issue on the final leg of the event although he admitted he had enjoyed the experience.

“Although it was cut short, we enjoyed a fantastic rally!” he said. “I struggled at first on these very greasy roads. I was braking too early – but there was so little grip! Gradually I got slightly more used to the stages and we came back into the frame again. A good choice of intermediate BFGoodrich tyres for the final loop of stages yesterday (SS10 and SS11) allowed us to make up the time lost to Bruno.

“With just eight-tenths of a second between us and only two stages to go, we were set for an exciting finish – until we encountered our problem. But I can draw an extremely positive conclusion from this rally. I've once more increased my experience in some very difficult conditions. I'm also happy about all the work we did together with PH-Sport. We opted for some good settings on the car and made the correct tyre choices. In these really difficult conditions, the driveability of the C2-R2 MAX was a useful ally. In the mud, its traction, damping and eagerness made it awesome to drive.

“Finally, I was very pleased to be able to set similar times to those of a well-known driver like Bruno Thiry – who was competing on home territory.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C2
22.01.2017 - Craig Breen (IRL) - Scott Martin (GBR) Citroen DS3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - Craig Breen (IRL) - Scott Martin (GBR) Citroen DS3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - Craig Breen (IRL) - Scott Martin (GBR) Citroen DS3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA) - Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen C3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA) - Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen C3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA) - Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen C3 WRC, CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
22.01.2017 - (L-R) Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA, S.A.S. Prince Albert II and Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winner
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winner
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winners
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winner
22.01.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, 2nd place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC and 3rd place Ott Tanak (EAU)- Raigo Molder (EST), FORDFIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM with S.A.S. Prince Albert II
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winner
22.01.2017 - Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, race winner
22.01.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, 2nd place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC and 3rd place Ott Tanak (EAU)- Raigo Molder (EST), FORDFIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
22.01.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, 2nd place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC and 3rd place Ott Tanak (EAU)- Raigo Molder (EST), FORDFIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM with Malcolm Wilson, Team Manager M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
22.01.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA) - Julien Ingrassia (FRA) FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM, Malcolm Wilson, Team Manager M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM and Ott Tanak (EAU)- Raigo Molder (EST), FORD FIESTA WRC, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.