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Sebastien Ogier Not Giving Up Without A Fight
Posted by: newsla on Aug 02, 2014 - 06:05 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Sebastien Ogier Not Giving Up Without A Fight


This evening, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia hold third position overall at Rally Finland, after what had been expected to be the most difficult day of their weekend.

 

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Indeed, as world championship leader, the French driver is handed first position on the road at the start of the rally. This is a somewhat poisoned chalice, since it also means he has the unenviable job of sweeping the loose gravel off the dusty roads.

This was exactly how the day played out, yesterday’s heavy rain having made way for bright sunshine. After a few sections which were still damp this morning, Seb’s road position proved to be more of a handicap in the second loop. He nonetheless managed to keep out of trouble and produced some clean driving, winning three stages.

Although he felt a degree of frustration, the Volkswagen driver nevertheless savoured the superb Finnish roads. And he is looking forward to the challenge facing him in the rest of race. With two legs left to complete to decide which of the leading contenders prevails, the world champion is not giving up without a fight.

“Today was a day of mixed feelings for me,” explained Seb. “On the one hand, the special stages are just brilliant, and as a driver you can’t help but enjoy every kilometre as you hurtle through the forests at full speed. On the other hand, I did everything I could, the Polo R WRC was running like a dream and I’m more than happy with my performance – but even so, I didn’t get a look-in today. My teammate Jari-Matti Latvala did an excellent job in the cockpit today. But tomorrow’s a new rally day for Julien and me, and we promise we’ll put up a fight. No risk, no fun!”

Rally Finland continues tomorrow with another long day, very similar in length to today’s leg. The crews will tackle a total of 130km of timed stages and Sébastien Ogier is very determined to make the most of his more favourable road position.

Overall standings after SS13:
1. JM. Latvala 1:34:42.4
2. K. Meeke +19.7
3. S. OGIER +21.3
4. A. Mikkelsen +1:04.2
5. M. Østberg +1:05.4

Best performers: Latvala (8 stage wins), OGIER (5) & Meeke (1)


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