Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier says the prospect of winning Rally de Portugal for a fifth time and equally Markku Alen will give him “extra motivation” this week.
The four-time World Rally champion currently leads the Drivers' Championship by 39 points, after having won in Monte Carlo and Sweden, and after having finished second in both Mexico and Argentina.
Like those latter two events, however, road position is likely to be key on the sandy roads in Portugal and running at the head of the order looks set to leave the Frenchman at a disadvantage on Friday and Saturday, something that could cost him the chance to win again, although he was still very much in contention in Mexico and Argentina in spite of that handicap.
“I feel ready for Portugal,” said Ogier, prior to the fifth round in the 2016 World Rally Championship.
“The rally is a very special one for me. It was there that I claimed my first WRC victory – a milestone in my career. I have enjoyed more success there than at any other rally and if I win this year's Rally Portugal, I can actually draw level with the great Markku Alén, who won this rally five times.”
“That gives me extra motivation, although I will not be thinking of that during the rally,” he added.