The pair joined other big names including 1984 world champion Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae’s former co-driver Nicky Grist, and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk at the event, run this year for the 13th time at the Castle Combe racing circuit.
Championship leader Ogier, who normally drives a Volkswagen Polo R WRC, got the chance to sample an ex-works Group B Audi quattro A2, [pictured] that was driven by both Hannu Mikkola and Blomqvist in the 1983 season.
“I have never driven a historic car in my life until today, so it was a great opportunity,” Ogier told wrc.com. “It was fun, and a huge difference compared to the Polo, but it was good to see how things have evolved over 30 years. It’s funny because this car is the same age as me - we were both born in 1983.”
After five laps of the Rallyday track in the 400bhp machine, Ogier was quick to offer his congratulations to Blomqvist. “I told him that I have even more respect for him now! I always had, of course, but even more now after the chance to feel the car they drove 30 years ago. On such long stages it must have been a big challenge.”
Evans meanwhile was in tyre shredding mode at the wheel of a Qatar M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS, the same car that he took to sixth place on Rally Italia Sardegna back in June, when he made his WRC car debut.
“There were a lot of exciting cars here and a lot of people. It was good fun to go out in the stage and give the Fiesta RS WRC car a quick outing,” said Evans. “It has been a really good day and I hope to see everyone again now on Wales Rally GB when we will be back out in the Fiesta R5.”