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Second place boosts Ogier

Sebastien Ogier took a timely second place finish on the Acropolis Rally of Greece on Sunday, something that should go some way to ensuring he takes in the remainder of this season's events.

Ogier, who shone last year en-route to honours in the Junior World Rally Championship, has not really lived up to expectations in '09 and pre-event he admitted that nothing was certain post-Poland, the next round in the World Rally Championship, which takes place in two weeks time.

However, if he needed to reassure his backers of his potential, his performance in Greece should definitely stand him in good stead.

Indeed he ran strongly throughout the three days, winning SS5 on Friday and posting top-ten times in all but one of the 15 tests.

In the end, despite a scare on the final day, when he hit a crow, he comfortably took 'silver', his best result to date in the WRC - and also the first ever rostrum finish for the Citroen Junior Team.

"Apart from a little disagreement with a stray cow on one of the stages this morning today went very well. This result is excellent," he reflected. "It's the perfect feeling for us to be here on the podium. We did a bad start to the season and some mistakes. It's difficult to come here and fight with the guys who have been here a lot of seasons, but now it's a good feeling in the team.

"It was just a perfect weekend for us, and this second place comes at a good time. Our strategy was the key to this result, we learned a lot from completing it with very few problems and it's a great reward for the team who have put in so much effort since the start of the season.

"With Julien [Ingrassia – my co-driver], we are happy to see the C4 WRC on the podium and both want to thank Citroen for the confidence shown in us.

"I am very happy. We will have to see about the rest of the season - but it is better for us now, with this result.

"It will be easier to start in Poland too. The pressure will be lower than here and I will be more confident. I will forget the other events."

Ogier's co-driver, Julien Ingrassia meanwhile added that the critics need to bear in mind that they are still learning.

Indeed the Acropolis was only their eighth event at the top level in a World Rally Car and while they have had problems, the 2009 IRC Monte Carlo Rally winners have taken points on two other occasions - namely netting a sixth place in Ireland, the season opener, and a seventh place more recently in Argentina.

"You know we have to get experience. All the mistakes in the season and all the good things, this is the normal way to climb the WRC steps. We have a long way to go, but we are confident," Ingrassia summed-up


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Matt - Unregistered

June 15, 2009 6:40 PM

True... But he had the controlled speed to avoid any trouble and get the car to the finish... which is more than the majority of the feild did....



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