Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier
recovered to claim four points on the Acropolis Rally of Greece last weekend.
Ogier was one of – if not the – favourite to win going into the sixth round in the 2013 World Rally Championship. However, the Frenchman had to retire in the very first stage when he suffered a fuel pressure problem.
Re-starting in 23rd position under the Rally 2 regulations on day two, he then began the fight back, eventually hauling his Polo R WRC up to tenth to claim the final championship point.
He also won the event ending Power Stage and that gave him the maximum three bonus points on offer.
The result means he more or less maintains his dominant lead in the race for the 2013 WRC Drivers' title and he is now 52 points up on team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala, who moves up to second following his win.
“Tenth place and points for coming first in the Power Stage – that was the best we could do this time,” Ogier said at the finish.
“Of course it's frustrating to feel that both you and the car have what it takes for a podium finish, but a minor technical glitch with the power supply to the fuel pump thwarted us in the very first Special Stage. From that point on, it was all about maintaining a high speed, making it across the finishing line every day and being in the right place when our rivals were struggling.
“We defended our lead in the overall competition – now we have to look ahead to the coming rallies when we want to be back at the front of the pack again.”
“Sebastien deserves a great deal of respect for his performance [this weekend],” added Volkswagen Motorsport director, Jost Capito.
“Despite technical difficulties on day one, he made the best of the situation and [he] ultimately collected valuable points for both WRC championships.”