6 May 2014
Rally Argentina: Ogier targets first win in Argentina
Sebastien Ogier says he is keen to win Rally Argentina and extra determined to do so after coming close in 2013 and 2011
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has set his sights on winning Rally Argentina this weekend, the latest round in WRC 2014.
Ogier took his third victory of the year in Portugal last month, a result that increased his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 29 points. To date, though, the Frenchman has never win in Argentina, and after having come close in 2011 and after having to settle for second last year, he has said that makes him all the more determined.
“I have never won the Rally Argentina. I came close in 2011 and just missed out last year too. That makes me all the more determined to win in Argentina,” confirmed Ogier ahead of round five in the 2014 World Rally Championship.
“The itinerary is almost identical to 2013, which could be a slight advantage for us. Despite this, a gravel rally can change dramatically from one year to the next," he continued. "For this reason, we will be particularly focussed during the recce, in order to include the many minor changes in the pace notes.”
Ogier tested recently in Sardinia and added that was definitely beneficial: “We all spent time in Sardinia preparing for the Rally Argentina,” he explained. “The sandy surface there is similar to what we will encounter in South America. Although the surface in Argentina is a little softer, we learned a lot from the tests.”
Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Captio meanwhile is looking forward to the event and is eager to see the Polo R WRC win again: “The Rally Argentina is one of the highlights of the World Rally Championship,” Capito remarked. “It features very long special stages, with big changes in elevation, winding sections, gravel, and water crossings – the drivers, co-drivers and cars need to be at their very best again.”
“We have achieved a lot this season, which has led many to view us as favourites. However, when you pull up at the start of the first special stage, everyone starts from scratch,” he warned. “Only those who keep their concentration throughout all three days of the rally, do not overwork their material and make the fewest mistakes will stand a chance of winning. That goes for the drivers, engineers and the entire team.”
“There is no question about it: we want to win [again]. However, we are also well aware that there are no gifts in sport. We are really looking forward to the coming challenge and know that anything is possible in rallying,” he concluded.
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