5 July 2015
WRC Rally Poland: I had to push from first metre to last - Ogier
Sebastien Ogier: I feel good, of course, like after every victory. It might be my 29th win, but still I enjoy it the same way. I love the taste of victory and the win this weekend did not come so easy
Sebastien Ogier says he “drove at the maximum all the time” on Rally Poland, pushing from the first metre to last to secure victory.
Ogier put in another masterful performance in his Volkswagen Polo R WRC and despite running first on the road on days one and two, re-took the lead on Friday afternoon and then held off team-mate, Andreas Mikkelsen, eventually triumphing by 11.9 seconds.
It was his fifth win of the season – and his second on the trot in Poland - a result that extends his championship lead from 66 points to 78, with six events to go.
“I feel good, of course, like after every victory. It might be my 29th win, but still I enjoy it the same way. I love the taste of victory and the win this weekend did not come so easy,” Ogier said. “There was a lot of pressure on me. I drove at the maximum all the time and had to push from the first metre to the last, especially on Saturday.
“I hoped to have some rally cars in front of me but that was not the case this weekend and I was first on the road for 90 per cent of the route.
“It's not the hardest rally to open the road, because it is fast. But it's still not so easy. The speeds here were incredible. We saw on the recce how fast it was, but it was more than I expected during the race. It is a fantastic feeling to drive on these roads at this speed. Some friends were telling me that they watched the live stage on the television feed and we were faster than the helicopter! It must be great footage. Believe me, it is the same sensation in car.”
Asked if he made any mistakes over the three-days, Ogier admitted that his tyre choices could have been better.
“Let's say my main mistake was the tyre choice a little bit. Every day was a problem, Saturday was not good and Friday was, well, not perfect. I was thinking to myself at service that Andreas was wrong and I was right [on Saturday afternoon]. But it was the opposite at the end. We were lucky not to lose so much time,” Ogier continued.
“Sunday was a little easier. The pressure was not there. I had to continue the same way and make no mistakes and that's what we have done.
“It is looking fantastic [now] in terms of the gap in the championship. With six rallies to go, we have a three race advantage.”
Co-driver Julien Ingrassia, however, emphasised that they are not thinking about the championship yet and will keep focusing on each individual event.
“May and June were hard months with difficult rallies. We are very happy to have a break now. It's good to have a few days of summer in front of us to enjoy the points in our pocket. It is not in our spirit to say it is done though,” Ingrassia noted. “We cannot predict what happens with the other guys and we take it rally after rally. Finland is on our radar, Germany will be a special target also this year and Volkswagen is sure to be preparing something for Australia.”
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