Sebastien Ogier has challenged his rivals to 'show what they're made of' at Rally Poland, with the defending World Rally Champion acting as the driver to beat having returned to winning ways last time out in Italy.

The Volkswagen Motorsport driver holds a 66 point advantage on his closest rival Andreas Mikkelsen and having claimed victory in four of the opening six events in 2015 and is on course to retain the WRC title.

Ogier is certain the title race is far from over and feels Rally Poland will act as a test to see how hard his rivals are willing to push to close the gap.

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"At the high-speed Rally Poland the French driver is looking forward to the thrill of the high risks at the gravel event and feels it will provide the test of his rivals' mettle," Ogier said. "Everyone can show what they're made of, I'm really looking forward to that.

"The 'recce' and the interaction between drivers and co-drivers will play an important role again, just like at the Rally Italy. I love fast rallies. The adrenalin rush is much greater, which I think is fantastic and which really suits me."

When Rally Poland made its return to the WRC calendar last season Ogier took a dominant victory but feels that experience will give him a very limited advantage due to the event being almost entirely reconstructed.

"Even though Poland is a different type of gravel rally and the track profile is nothing like the previous ones," he explained. "The streets are nowhere near as narrow as recently on Sardinia. In Poland about three quarters of the special stages are new compared with last year, and a large part of the familiar stages will be driven in the opposite direction. So the rally is something of a novelty for all of the drivers and we are all in the same starting position."

Despite Ogier believing the rally will provide a level playing field he is certain a trouble-free race could give any of the drivers an edge on the competition.

"There's no doubt that luck is also a factor in winning such a demanding rally without any incidents," he explained. "However, we had a very good strategy in Italy and varied the speed at the right time and in the right places. As a result of this win and the lead in the world championship, I'm not going to make any great changes to my way of driving: I want to win in Poland too. And to do that, you have to put your foot down."

Rally Poland will act as round seven of the 2015 World Rally Championship, scheduled for the 2-5 July.