WRC Rallye Deutschland: I was lucky it didn’t roll, says Ogier

Crucial error costs Sebastien Ogier the lead on Rallye Deutschland and drops him right out of contention
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has admitted he was lucky he didn't roll it when he went off the road on Rallye Deutschland in the final stage on Friday.

Ogier had built up a 5.5 second lead over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, but threw it away around 7 kilometres into the 21.02 km Moselland 2 test, when he left the stage and slid down a slope onto an access road below. His Polo R WRC was pretty much fine, but with no way to re-join the route he had to retire from the leg – very much a repeat of what happened in 2013, when he also retired early on while leading.

“I did a mistake when I braked too late into the corner,” Ogier told the official WRC site. “It was a kind of blind corner where this morning I was too early on the brakes. On the repeat I wanted to be more accurate, but I was too late.

“It was not a big mistake - just a little too late and a little too wide but the road narrowed and I went off.”

“I have to be happy that the consequences were not worse though and the car was not damaged. We slid down a very steep slope and luckily the car didn't roll. If it did, it could have been quite bad,” he added.

“Okay, we lost the race, but nothing more.”

Ogier now picks up a 10 minute penalty for missing SS6, dropping him down to 35th position – about 8 minutes off tenth and the final Drivers' point.

“I'm going to [have to] check the gap but I think there is almost no chance to get in the top ten, maybe the only points we can catch this weekend are on the Power Stage,” he continued.

“We will also try to prepare for the next tarmac events, because this morning I was not happy with the car.

“This afternoon it started to be okay and I began to enjoy a lot the driving. And then this happened.

"It's a shame.”

The result could also have implications in the title race too, allowing Latvala – should he win – to make significant inroads into Ogier's 44 point lead in the Drivers' Championship.

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Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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