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I don't feel like taking it easy, says Ogier

Sebastien Ogier: We didn't think we'd be fighting for second place this season. It's become our objective as the season's unfolded. We lost a few points in France and Spain, but we're still in front and a place on the podium will be enough no matter where our two rivals finish.

Citroen's Sebastien Ogier has said he has no intention playing it safe on Rally GB in a bid to ensure he takes the vice-champions spot.

Ogier, who will be driving for the Citroen 'A' team for the third time this year in Wales, heads into the event second in the standings with an eleven point margin over Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala and sixteen points in hand over Citroen privateer Petter Solberg.

However, while he is in the driving seat, he has only done the Cardiff-based event twice and is not underestimating the challenge ahead.

“We didn't think we'd be fighting for second place this season,” Ogier admitted in the countdown to the 13th and final round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.

“It's become our objective as the season's unfolded. We lost a few points in France and Spain, but we're still in front and a place on the podium will be enough no matter where our two rivals finish.

“But I don't feel like holding back and racing the whole weekend just to score the fifteen points that go with third place. To achieve my aim I want to fight for the best possible result.

“To prepare for this rally I did a fitness training course in the Pyrenees, and I'll arrive in Wales in tip-top form.

“I know it's a difficult rally and I've got mixed memories of my first two stages in 2008. It was all a bit crazy as it was our first rally in a WRC car.

“Then I went off and I only saw the finish thanks to the SupeRally. Last year, we retired because of mechanical problems.

"These memories mean that I'm going to tackle the rally in a humble frame of mind,” he concluded.


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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 10:47 AM

I have to say I think that any 1 of 4 drivers could potentially Dominate this weekend Jari-Matti and Petter probably have the best reason to do so, but Loeb is defiantly fast and Ogier can suprise everyone anywhere I think Mikko may get a podium at best My money is on Petter or Jari-Matti to win though, Ogier just has to drive to the points he needs if he has learned anything from his Team Mate



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