Sebastien Ogier has described his second consecutive victory for Volkswagen on last weekend's Rally Mexico as 'fantastic'.
Ogier claimed 16 of the 23 stages around Leon in the #8 Polo R WRC, in the process taking his ninth career victory and VW's second consecutive in the FIA World Rally Championship. By the end of the event on Sunday night, he had secured victory by three and a half minutes.
“What a fantastic feeling,” said Ogier. “The Polo R WRC was perfect for every single minute of the Rally Mexico. I can only thank my team for that. This victory at our debut on gravel is very special and will always have a special place in my heart.
“We will definitely celebrate it in style tonight. We take every win as it comes. This morning I took an extremely cautious approach on the first special stage and steered around every stone. However, from midway through I put my foot down again.
“We obviously have a big lead now in the World Championship, but there are still another ten rallies to come.”
The event marks Ogier's second win in Mexico as he won the JWRC event in a Citroen in 2008.
Team boss Jost Capito meanwhile was full of praise for his star driver, and claimed that Ogier's talents were the key part in scoring victory.
“It is impossible to overrate Sebastien's performance: the Ogier factor was what made the difference here. It allowed us to challenge for the win right from the word go. Respect,” he added.
Despite his obvious enthusiasm though, Capito maintained that VW can still improve the Polo R WRC.
“[Instead of being over the moon], we are over Mars now!” he joked. “This was completely unexpected for us. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect this kind of success at our very first gravel rally with the Polo R WRC! [However] the suspension damage [that Jari-Matti Latvala had on day 1] has shown us that we can still improve with the Polo R WRC.”
Ogier is now first in the Drivers' Championships on 74 points, 34 ahead of Mikko Hirvonen, who is effectively his nearest competitor. Volkswagen lies six points behind Citroen in the Manufacturers' battle with 81 points.
by George East