Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier
has confirmed the team made good progress during its pre-event test for the Acropolis Rally and he is 'confident' he can get another good result this weekend.
Ogier is the man to beat at the moment and currently has a comfortable lead in the battle for the 2013 WRC Drivers' title, after taking three wins and two second places in the opening five events.
He will now be looking to extend his cushion in Greece and further cement his position at the top of the standings.
“I like the Rally Greece because I have really fond memories of it – not just thanks to my win in 2011. My second place in 2009 in particular will always have a special place in my heart, because you could call it my breakthrough in the WRC category; things have got better and better for me since then," he stated.
“The Rally Greece is, however, one of the most difficult and toughest events of the year. When we did our test drives after the Rally Argentina, we simulated conditions which are typical for Greece to see where we could improve the Polo R WRC. This helped us to make good progress and I'm confident that we'll be able to achieve another good result.
“Of course, I'd ideally like to win every rally, but we need to think about the world championship too. Given our comfortable lead in both competitions, we don't absolutely have to win. It'll be enough if we keep racking up points regularly.”
Volkswagen technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison meanwhile has confirmed that team will run with a new handbrake system on the Acropolis in the wake of the problems encountered in Argentina.
“The handbrake system recently became an important issue, and we've spent a lot of time dealing with that in the run-up to Greece,” he confirmed. “When the handbrake was applied, it didn't disengage the front axle as quickly as drivers like Sebastien would have liked. We'll be introducing a new hydraulic system in Greece which has undergone an extensive series of planned tests to be approved for use in competition.
“This new system is all about performance rather than other considerations such as durability. In general, our competitors have a slight edge over us on this score.”