Sebastien Ogier says he will be treating the 2014 Rally Poland as entirely 'new territory', five years after he last competed on the event during the early stages of his now hugely successful World Rally career.

An entirely new challenge for the Volkswagen Motorsport team, Ogier also has little intention to rely on prior experience having competed there in his first full season as a WRC driver in 2009, a full year before claiming his first win and four years before his first world championship.

Going on to retire from the event with mechanical problems, the 2014 championship leader is nonetheless targeting the ultimate prize in his efforts to once more extend his WRC lead over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala having won last time out in Sardinia.

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"The most important thing is that we are currently in the lead in the WRC and that we even managed to extend our lead in Sardinia recently. Obviously, we want to keep up the good work in Poland. We know we can't always win, but we have to set ourselves the goal of always scoring as many points as possible in a rally.

"It's my aim this year to maintain a 25-point lead - in other words, a full race victory - over the team in second place at all times. Because you never know what might happen. I don't think we can make much use of our pace notes from 2009 or what we experienced back then, as it's too long ago. I may take a look at some of the on-board footage we shot back then.

"On the whole it's fair to say that this year's rally is new territory for everyone. We carried out a test in the run-up to the rally, and it went very well. We mainly focused on getting the vehicle set-up right for the conditions in Poland. The track was very fast and it was interesting to familiarise ourselves with the track surface.

"It's very sandy and soft, so after a few cars have driven over it, it can quickly break up and become uneven. As a result, we expect the track conditions to be very different when we tackle the special stages for a second time in the afternoon."