Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has said there should be another 'spectacular and exciting duel' between himself and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala on Rally Italia Sardegna next week.

Ogier lost out to Latvala in Argentina earlier this month, but is confident Sardinia will suit him better and he won there last season, en-route to his maiden WRC title. He concedes, however, that the first day will be tricky for him, given he will have to run first on the road and sweep away the loose gravel - his 'privilege' for leading the Drivers' Championship, 24 points up on Latvala.

"After the extremely rough and muddy stages in Argentina, I am really looking forward to the rally on Sardinia. The quick gravel routes are far better suited to my driving style. As first out onto the route on Friday, it may be particularly difficult for Julien [Ingrassia - my co-driver] and me on the loose sand, but I still think I have a good chance of winning," Ogier remarked.

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"I have always felt very comfortable on Sardinia and my results have always been good here. As of late, my toughest rival will be my team-mate Jari-Matti.

"And I can promise Jari-Matti and the fans: it will definitely be a spectacular and exciting duel," he confirmed.

Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito meanwhile also believes the scrap between Ogier and Latvala will be good. He is also keen to see how all three of his drivers' get on as VW looks to extend its winning run to ten in succession.

"The whole team is working hard and focussed on success, and is consistently providing our three drivers with top material," he added. "Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are paying them back in the form of outstanding performances and first-class results. First, second and third in the Drivers' Championship and first place in the Manufacturers' Championship are emphatic proof of this.

"Fans in Italy and those watching the WRC from home can once again look forward to fair and top-class motorsport. I have to say: anyone who does not follow the action on Sardinia will miss out," Capito concluded prior to round six in WRC 2014.