14 February 2015
WRC Rally Sweden: Rally far from over - Ogier
Sebastien Ogier says he has “no regrets” with how day one of Rally Sweden panned out, even if his mistake in Torsby 2, the penultimate test on Friday, did cost him the lead
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has vowed to fight back on day two of Rally Sweden, after a mistake in Torsby 2, the penultimate test on Friday, cost him the lead.
Ogier took the lead in the first test on Friday morning, winning three of the four stages on the opening loop to build a 9.1 second cushion over team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala.
However, the repeats did not go well, the Frenchman struggling after reporting his wipers had broke in SS6, the first test of the afternoon.
He also forgot to secure the bonnet properly in SS7, which meant it flipped up and damaged the windscreen, and then in SS9 he went off into a snow bank and lost 30 odd seconds. That dropped him to fourth and he eventually concluded the leg 24.7s off the lead.
“We hit a snow bank in a slow corner,” Ogier told the official WRC site. “We braked a bit too late. I thought it would be okay, it wasn't - just a mistake.”
“The plan now is the same: keep pushing as hard as I can. We had to take risks,” he added after SS10. “Running first on the road was a problem in the second loop. I pushed hard to compensate. No regrets though.
“I made a mistake but I am happy with my day."
Speaking back in the end of day service in Hagfors, he remained philosophical: “To put a positive spin on it: it was certainly not a boring day for Julien [Ingrassia – my co-driver] and me!” he joked.
Summarising his day, he continued: “It was one with highs and lows. Everything ran superbly in the morning: we went flat out and the conditions were perfect. The 18-kilometre 'Rojden' stage [SS3] was particularly fantastic to drive. You enjoy every metre in the cockpit on a stage like that.
“Things did not run quite so smoothly for us on the second loop in the afternoon though. First the windscreen wiper stopped working. Then, in our efforts to repair it, we forgot to fasten the bonnet down, which resulted in the windscreen taking a battering later on.
“And on the ninth stage I slid into a snow bank in a slow corner. I just braked too late. By the time you put all those set-backs together, we had lost the lead.”
“However, the rally is far from over,” he stressed. “Anyone who knows Julien and me knows that we will keep on fighting to the very end.”
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