Citroen Junior Team's Sebastien Ogier
has said that his main objective this weekend on the Neste Oil Rally Finland will be to ensure he gets his C4 WRC to the finish without hitting any problems.
The Frenchman, who won the Junior World Rally Championship last year, has turned his season around recently. Indeed following his runners-up spot in Greece, he was on course to take another rostrum in Poland last month, until engine problems sidelined him with just two 'proper' stages to go.
Now he will take in the 1000 Lakes and while he has done it before, he has only done it once - and that was at the wheel of a C2-R2 MAX.
Just like his Citroen
Junior Team colleagues - Evgeny Novikov
and Conrad Rautenbach
- Ogier completed a three-day test in Finland on Sunday though and that will definitely be of benefit as he looks to get to grips with the unique conditions in Jyväskylä.
“While I've already been to Finland, everything's going to be a lot quicker this year,” said Ogier. “Our test before the start of the rally should help me a lot though.
“Our main objective is to continue building up experience by driving consistently and getting to the finish of each rally without hitting problems.”
Junior Team boss Benoit Nogier has conceded that this will be a tough event for his three drivers - and while Rautenbach has the most experience out of the three CJT men and has done it five times, oddly the Zimbabwean hasn't been nominated to score manufacturers' points.
“For the first time, we have nominated Evgeny Novikov
/ Dale Moscatt and Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia to score manufacturer points for the Citroën Junior Team. Conrad Rautenbach
and Daniel Barritt will drive the third car. We would like all the crews to make their own individual contributions to the season,” Nogier explained.
“The end result in the World Rally Championship for manufacturers is the result of hard work from every single one of our crews. So it is only fair that everybody gets the chance to contribute towards it.”