Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier
enjoyed another 'perfect day' on Saturday in Australia as he edged ever closer to clinching the 2013 WRC Drivers' title.
Ogier extended his lead to 45.9 seconds, after impressively winning all six of the day's stages and providing the order stays the same, the Frenchman is set succeed compatriot Sebastien Loeb, although the bonus points awarded from the Power Stage do complicate matters and could yet come into play.
“I'm really pleased right now – it was another perfect day for us. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good,” said Ogier. “The Polo R WRC's set-up was ideal again today.
“It might look easy from the outside, but it most certainly isn't when you're sitting in the cockpit. Something could happen any time, as Kris Meeke's experience today showed.
“My goal for tomorrow is to try and maintain my rhythm, stay focused, and enjoy every kilometre out on the track – because the Stages are incredibly beautiful. The grip level was high too, especially this afternoon. And we had a slight advantage by starting the Stage last.
"There's no doubt that the World Championship title is within our grasp, but we've still got a long day to go with six challenging Special Stages.”
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito meanwhile was also happy with how the leg went. Furthermore with Jari-Matti Latvala
running fourth in the second Polo R WRC and Andreas Mikkelsen fifth in the 'third' car, VW looks set to increase the gap to Citroen
in the battle for the Manufacturers' title - aided of course by Meeke's exit.
“Rally Australia is going perfectly for Volkswagen. The Polo R WRC has won all of the Special Stages so far. I couldn't ask for more as Motorsport Director. Sebastien Ogier
and [co-driver] Julien Ingrassia have put themselves in an outstanding position with a chance of winning the Drivers' and Co-Drivers' Championship early tomorrow. In other words, tomorrow is a crucial day in the World Rally Championship 2013,” Capito added.
“Jari-Matti Latvala regained ground again today and could score important points in the Manufacturers' Championship tomorrow. Andreas Mikkelsen put in a good performance today too, although he didn't have the best starting position.
“We're very happy. But tomorrow [Sunday] will be another tough day and we are anything but complacent,” Capito summed-up.