Sebastien Ogier admitted he was thrilled to secure his second successive win on Rally Portugal after seeing off the challenge of team-mate Sebastien Loeb in the third WRC round of the year.
Ogier ran at the front throughout the weekend at the wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC and took full advantage of Loeb losing time on the second day to build a lead he would retain through the final day.
Avoiding the kind of mistake that cost him victory on Mexico in the previous round, where he went off the road on the final morning, Ogier secured his third career victory and moved up to fourth in the championship standings, having also snared a bonus point for going third quickest through the final Power Stage.
“It's been a perfect weekend,” he said. “We controlled our first day well and then we pushed at the right moment. It's a telling result for the whole team with the double [1-2 finish] and the points in the Power Stage.
“After six months without a win I was starting to get a bit edgy. I hope it's the start of a good series. The points we've bagged today will help us relaunch our championship challenge after our disappointment in Rally Mexico. I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work. I'm as happy for them as I am for myself!”
Ogier was also praised by Citroen general manager Frederic Banzet who was an interested spectator on the event throughout the weekend.
“I remember a young driver who was over the moon when he won his first rally here a year ago,” he said. “This year, Sebastien Ogier has taken on a whole new dimension that he's confirmed with this magnificent victory.”