Sebastien Ogier's co-driver Julien Ingrassia has reflected on his remarkable run with Volkswagen Motorsport and their final event together as he also avoided a potentially nasty altercation with Australian wildlife thanks to the organisers.
In an emotional final round, all three Volkswagen crews looked back fondly over their WRC-dominating era having claimed four drivers', co-drivers' and manufacturers' crowns in four years – capped by a VW 1-2 in its final event before leaving the sport at the end of 2016.
The already-crowned champions Ogier and co-driver Ingrassia were delighted to complete the Volkswagen one-two behind Andreas Mikkelsen and has Ingrassia admitted the emotions of the moment got the better of him during the weekend.
During the post-event Rally Australia press conference a red-faced Ingrassia let it slip that he almost had an unfortunate run-in with the local snakes on Saturday night while taking a moment to reflect on the end of an era for VW.
“I came back to the hotel quite late from the service park, maybe 10 or 11 and I went for a walk on the beach dressed like this [in racing overalls],” Ingrassia said. “These moments are the times when we remember we have the unique life.
“I would like to thank the organisers of Rally Australia for saving my penis! I will explain… the organisers communicated that it is forbidden for us to pee in some places where they are fearful the snakes will bite. Thanks for this!”
Ogier and Ingrassia have both said they are looking to confirm their WRC futures in the coming weeks and an announcement will be made in due course.