Sebastien Ogier admits he is looking forward to returning to Rally Germany this weekend, twelve months after ending Sebastien Loeb's winning run on the event.
Ogier will once again lead the Volkswagen team as it continues to work towards it's full-time entry into the series with the Polo WRC next year, with IRC champion Andreas Mikkelsen and Sepp Wiegand also in action in the S2000-spec Skoda Fabias being used by VW this season.
It marks the first time that VW will have run three cars on an event, with motorsport director Jost Capito hoping for a strong weekend.
“Rallye Deutschland is our home round and an absolute highlight in our preparation for the WRC entry with the Polo R WRC next year,” Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito said. “For the first time this season, we're competing with three vehicles at a WRC round.
“The challenging special stages around Trier will provide the drivers and our whole team with further important experiences for the future. Naturally we're looking forward to our run in front of such a large crowd and want to deliver a superb show to the rally fans in Germany.”
Although a repeat of his success from year is unlikely in the S2000 machine, Ogier said he was looking forward to the event.
“Last year's victory was a very special one for me, particularly since Sebastien Loeb had won this event eight consecutive times before,” he said. “The rally is not easy, mainly because of the many tight corners in the vineyards.
"As a driver, you use the handbrake here more often than at any other event during the whole season. You can lose a lot of time in the process. The special stages feature a lot of variety and are spectacular. The last super special, 'Circus Maximus', through the middle of Trier has a special atmosphere.”