23 September 2013
Sebastien Ogier in 'Historic' run at Rallyday 2013
Sebastien Ogier: It was my first time at Rallyday and it was fun to drive the Audi quattro A2. I have never driven a historic car in my life until today...
Sebastien Ogier led another star-studded line-up at Rallyday 2013 on Saturday (September 21) as Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit played host to the UK's Premier Rally Car Show for the thirteenth year in succession.
Ogier has all-but won the 2013 WRC Drivers' title following his sixth win of the season on Rally Australia and the Volkswagen Motorsport driver was in demand on his debut at Rallyday, taking time out to chat to the large crowd on the main Rallyday interview stage, as well as signing hundreds and hundreds of autographs.
The Frenchman, who is normally used to driving a Volkswagen Polo R WRC, got the chance to sample a genuine ex-works Group B Audi quattro A2, originally driven by 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist, who was also attending the annual rally extravaganza in the West Country. It was Ogier's first ever drive in a historic rally car and that made the day extra special for the 29-year-old, who flew over especially from France.
“It was my first time at Rallyday and it was fun to drive the Audi quattro A2. I have never driven a historic car in my life until today. So it was a nice opportunity,” Ogier said. “It is very different to the Polo R WRC I drive normally. But it was a good experience and it is nice to feel the evolution, between 30 years. It is funny because the car is the same age as me. I am born in 1983. I want to thank the owner of the car for the chance to drive it. It was very kind of him.”
“It has been busy,” Ogier added, “There has been a lot of pictures and a lot of autographs, but it is a pleasure to do it. The event had also given me an opportunity to meet a lot of fans and see a lot of different cars from every generation. I had a great time.”
Ogier also presented the inaugural 'Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday' Trophy, created in honour of Brian, the co-founder of Rallyday, who sadly passed away in February this year. The first-ever recipient was Castrol's Global Sponsorship Manager, Donald Smith, who has been instrumental in helping the organisers' with the event since its inception back 2001.
“It is a great privilege to accept this on behalf of Castrol. I think the Spirit award is what really grasps it because there is a great spirit around this event - the people involved in it and importantly the fans, the people that come to it,” said Donald. “Castrol as a brand has got a great heritage in rallying and it is great that we can help and bring some of our stars and teams here.
“Brian was tremendous at starting this event with Darin [Frow] and building it along with his team. It has been a real partnership between Castrol and Rallyday, which has grown over the years for mutual benefit. We thank all the fans for coming and I want to place a lot of the thanks and support for this to everyone that works and delivers it. I think they are the spirit behind the event itself.”
Elfyn Evans meanwhile was another of the current WRC crop in attendance, driving the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC car, the same car that he took to sixth place overall on Rally Italia Sardegna back in June, when he made his WRC car debut.
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