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Ogier to run full 2012 schedule

Sebastien Ogier to drive a Super 2000-spec Skoda Fabia during the 2012 WRC season

Sebastien Ogier has revealed that he will contest a full World Rally Championship programme in 2012, despite the fact that Volkswagen isn't planning to enter the series until 2013.

Ogier signed a deal to become VW's first confirmed driver earlier this week after leaving Citroen [See separate story HERE], with the Frenchman set to play a vital role in the development of the Polo WRC ahead of its competition debut.

Alongside that development work, Ogier has now confirmed he will take part in the full WRC schedule at the wheel of a Super 2000-spec Skoda Fabia, with the possibility that he may also compete in the Polo before the end of 2012.

“There's a great deal of work to be done,” he told Best-Of-RallyLive. “I think they have planned something like 20 weeks of testing. I will also take part in the entire WRC in a Skoda Fabia S2000.

“It's all about working for the future. It's a case of taking one step back to make two steps forward. Taking part in the 2012 WRC will enable me to stay match fit and familiarise myself with those events that I don't know so well. The test work will help me follow the Polo's development from A to Z. That's a very exciting challenge. I'm not ruling out the possibility of competing in the Polo towards the end of the year if the team believes we are sufficiently ready.”

Ogier's deal to join Volkswagen came despite many people expecting him to move to Ford in what would effectively have been a job swap with Mikko Hirvonen, but the man who finished third in the standings this season insisted that VW had quickly emerged as the best option.

“We looked at both opportunities,” he said. “However, Ford's future in the sport wasn't as certain as that of VW. When I added together all the plusses and minuses, Volkswagen emerged as the best choice. Carlos Sainz also put pressure on me and his arguments finally won me over.”


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boostaholic - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 3:00 PM

@ Chris First of all im sorry for hijacking this post but i want people to see this. Many of my best friends work at M-sport, Would you like to see them out of a job? most have bought houses and are worried about paying their mortgage or if they will have to sell up and move down south, Having to pull kids out of schools theyre used to and things like that so please think before you make your comments! Secondly Mathew Wilson has nothing to do with the works team, It is up to Malcolm if he wants to organise that drive, That seat only exists for him if he didnt drive that car wouldnt be taken by anyone, So stop thinking of it as an available seat! Gronholm and Hirvonen have both missed out on a WRC title by a single point with m-sport. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY! if it wasnt for M-sport and Citroen there wouldnt be a WRC championship because in 2009,2010 and half of 2011 they were the only teams and if either had pulled out then both would have pulled out and we wouldnt have the WRC and



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