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Ogier gunning for Finnish on 1000 Lakes

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.”

Meanwhile Citroen 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.”




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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
21.05.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team, 2nd place Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport and 3rd place Dani Sordo (ESP)-Marc Marti (ESP),Hyundai i2 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Fabio Andolfi (ITA) Manuel Fenoli (ITA) HYUNDAI i20 R5, ACI TEAM ITALIA
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - TEEMU SUNINEN (FIN) - MIKKO MARKKULA (FIN) FORD FIESTA R5, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX (FRA) - THOMAS ESCARTEFIGUE (FRA) CITROEN DS3 WRC
21.05.2017 - Valeriy Gorban (UKR)-Sergei Larens (EST) BMW‐Mini John Cooper Works, Eurolamp World Rally Team

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