Volkswagen WRC ace Sebastien Ogier put in a fine performance on his guest appearance in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monte Carlo last weekend.
Ogier, who currently heads the World Rally Championship standings, drove for the Project 1 team in the Monaco GP support event, finishing an impressive 13th overall out of 26 on his racetrack debut. The event was won by his Project 1 team-mate, Sean Edwards.
“Driving in the Porsche Supercup here in Monaco was a fantastic experience! I am very grateful that I was able to fulfil this dream, thanks to the support of Porsche, TAG Heuer and Volkswagen. It was very special for me to experience Monaco from a non-rallying perspective,” said Ogier. “Congratulations to Sean Edwards [too], who drove a sensational race and who gave me some valuable tips beforehand.
“I had a good race and was able to make up a place shortly after the start. My best lap times were not far off those of Sean. Not bad really, when you consider that I only had half a day to practice in the Porsche. I tried to fight my way through the field, but it is really almost impossible to overtake in Monaco. I am very happy now, and looking forward to the Acropolis Rally of Greece.”
“Sebastien performed brilliantly, especially given his lack of experience on a racetrack. That just goes to show his driving class and I would like to compliment him on his race,” added Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito.
Ogier's former Citroen team-mate, Sebastien Loeb meanwhile was also in action and he finished 16th. It was Loeb's second outing in the Porsche Supercup after he made his debut at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya earlier this month.