Sebastien Ogier says Rally Argentina is the only event left to tick off on his winning chart in the World Rally Championship as he looks to strengthen his position at the top of the drivers' standings.
The defending WRC champion has 34 rally career wins to his name but none of them have come at the South American event but has featured on the rostrum in Argentina on three separate occasions.
Ogier will be hoping he can claim the complete haul of wins on the WRC calendar this weekend as part of Volkswagen's total domination – if a VW-powered car takes top spot in Argentina it will tie up a full year of WRC wins, with the last non-VW car to take victory coming at the same event last year at the hands of an emotional Kris Meeke for Citroen.
Ogier, who finished runner-up in Mexico seven weeks ago after being hamstrung by a poor road position, says a completely different driving style in required in Argentina due to the unique challenges it poses.
“Julien and I have had a great season so far,” Ogier said. “We have always achieved the best possible result. With this in mind, I am very optimistic about Argentina. However, the weather can be very tricky. Thick fog often restricts visibility, which is not very pleasant for a racing driver. As far as the surface is concerned, we must adapt from Mexico, as the gravel is much softer and the ground far sandier. That requires a different driving style
“The Rally Argentina is the only rally on the calendar that Julien and I have not yet won. This year will not be easy either, because we will once again be the first car onto the route. Whatever happens, I will do my best to improve my record here and to win the rally for the first time.”
Ogier has already pulled out a 35-point advantage in the WRC drivers' championship over his closest challenger Mads Ostberg for M-Sport Ford.