WRC Rallye de France: I will take title in Spain – Ogier

Championship leader Sebastien Ogier salvages three points from Rallye de France nightmare after winning Power Stage
Sebastien Ogier has vowed to take the 2014 WRC Drivers' title in Spain later this month after a nightmare opening day put him out of contention in France.

Ogier had been hoping to secure his second successive WRC Drivers' crown in front of his home fans this weekend, but a faulty sensor and a time card error cost him 8 minutes on the opening day.

After that the event was pretty much academic for the Volkswagen man, although he did fight his way back from 62nd to 13th and importantly won the event ending Power Stage to claim the maximum three bonus points.

“We got as much as possible out of this weekend with victory on the Power Stage. We have been waiting for two days for this stage and we gave it everything,” said Ogier, who was 9.5 seconds up on his closest rival.

“All in all, Rallye de France did not really go well for us, but Julien [Ingrassia – my co-driver] and I still lead the World Championship by 27 points and it still looks good. I missed my chance here but I will take the title in Spain,” he promised.

“Congratulations to [my team-mate and Rallye de France winner] Jari-Matti on an impressive display too.

“I would also like to thank the French fans for their fantastic support.

"That meant an awful lot to me and Julien.”

Meanwhile, Ogier sent his best wishes to his friend and fellow countryman Jules Bianchi who suffered a “severe head injury” today after crashing into a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix.

“Unfortunately, we have received bad news from Japan today: my friend Jules Bianchi has had a bad crash at the Formula One Grand Prix in Suzuka," Ogier added.

"I hope he makes a speedy recovery."
by Rob Wilkins

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

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October 06, 2014 1:05 PM

Brave words from Ogier, he does need 1 more point than Latvala in Spain to secure the drivers World Championship which means he would more then likely need to win in Spain in order to achieve that goal. With only 1 more Rally after Spain I think I would be more cautious and just settle for a Podium place in Spain and a Top 6 in GB in order to increase the odds of securing the Title. By putting himself under immense pressure to Beat a steely determined Latvala in Spain will mean taking huge risks. Latvala has nothing to lose by driving out of his skin in Spain, but Ogier could lose it all if he goes off and Latvala wins yet again. I am glad he is going for broke though as I will be present on Rally Spain to see the battle for myself.

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