Runaway championship leader Sebastien Ogier
has set his sights on scoring 'as many points as possible' after he had to retire from day one of the Acropolis Rally of Greece.
Ogier began the sixth round in the 2013 World Rally Championship strongly and was quickest in qualifying in his Volkswagen Polo R WRC. However in the very first test he was sidelined by a fuel pressure problem.
He will now re-start on Saturday under the Rally 2 regulations, albeit over 5 minutes off a place in the top-ten and down in 23rd position.
“Of course it's frustrating to have to give up after a few kilometres because of a problem with the fuel pressure,” he said back in service. “The first five rallies went perfectly for us; this is the first time this season that we have faced a bitter setback.
“We'll start again tomorrow under the Rally 2 regulations with a ten-minute time penalty. That changes our strategy and approach completely, of course.
"We'll do our best to get the most out of the Rally Greece and collect as many points as possible for the championship. That's our goal.”
Volkswagen Motorsport director, Jost Capito meanwhile reckons Ogier could yet spring a surprise given the nature of the Greek event.
“The bad news for us today was that Sebastien had to retire early during the very first SS due to a loss of fuel pressure. He will restart the competition on Saturday under the Rally 2 regulations, however. Even with a ten-minute penalty though, I wouldn't write Sebastien off just yet – anything could happen right up to the very last moment in this car killer of a rally,” Capito pointed out.