Sebastien Ogier will be looking to secure his second WRC Driver's title on Rallye de France this coming week.

Ogier took his sixth win of the season in Australia earlier this month and now heads into his home event with a 50 point advantage over Volkswagen team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala. It means he will need to score six more points than the Finn to successfully defend his crown, with a victory and at least second on the Power Stage sufficient to wrap things up, regardless of where Latvala finishes.

"My goal is to be crowned World Champion in my own country again. To do this, however, I must score six points more than my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. A win could be enough," Ogier commented. "I think Jari-Matti though will once again be my fiercest rival."

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Ogier has won the Rallye de France twice to date, in 2011 and 2013 and is looking forward to competing in front of his fellow countrymen again.

"The home rally is always very special for me," he added. "The interest in you as a person is always greater than usual - both from the fans and the media.

"Rally de France is a little bit similar to Rally Germany [now - since it moved to Alsace in 2010]," he continued. "That is to say, there are a few special stages in the vineyards. However, there are also big differences. For example, many more stages are held in the forests. The asphalt can be very wet and slippery there. There are not as many junctions at Rally France as there are in Germany [either], and the special stages are generally more flowing and nicer to drive.

"We have to do our job better this time than at the last asphalt rally in Germany [when I crashed twice]."

Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito is expecting another good fight between Ogier and Latvala.

"The fans can look forward to another thrilling episode of the duel between the champ and the challenger - Ogier against Latvala," he noted. "Both have shown recently that they are in a league of their own on asphalt, although they lacked the necessary luck to convert their leads into a win at Rally Germany. Both are capable of beating each other.

"Having won the Manufacturers' Championship, we at Volkswagen can now focus fully on this truly extraordinary duel, which has been the story of the season.

"Rally France promises to be another highlight of the WRC season. And there is really no need to worry about whether our drivers are hungry for the win."