Sebastien Ogier says his focus for Rally Japan is on trying to retain second in the WRC championship standings as he prepares for his debut in the event.
Ogier currently sits second to Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb as he heads for Japan after an impressive season, which has seen him promoted into the factory Citroen team for the remaining asphalt events.
The young Frenchman has already secured a contract for the 2011 season and while he could still mathematically overhaul Loeb for the title, Ogier's focus going into the weekend is on scoring maximum points for Citroen while also maintaining his championship position.
“I've never set foot in Japan and I'm trying to engrave the stages on my mind by looking at the maximum amount of on-board footage,” he said. “I have the impression that the vegetation hides the corners and the traps they contain.
“It's not going to be easy given our lack of experience, but we have the same aim as in all gravel rallies – a place on the podium. That would help Citroen score good points for the manufacturers' World Championship.
“Concerning the drivers' one, I'm not under any illusions where the title's concerned. My aim is to hold on to second place and fend off Jari-Matti, Petter and Dani. Finishing in the runner-up spot against all these drivers would have been a dream at the start of the season. Now, it's up to us to make the dream come true!”