20 Mar 08
Sebastien Ogier’s post event promotion to eighth place on Rally Mexico makes him the first J-WRC competitor ever to score a WRC championship point.
J-WRC newcomer Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia made the best possible start to their 2008 season by winning the opening round of the Junior series, Rally Mexico, in their Citroen C2.
Ogier’s original finishing position of ninth overall was already a record breaker - the best ever result for a J-WRC driver - but following the exclusion of Ricardo Trivino for wearing the wrong type of driving gloves Ogier moved up another spot and into the record books.
“Of course I am very happy as I think this is a record and it is a big achievement for my first rally in the World Championship,” said Ogier. “But the most important thing for me is the J-WRC and to keep my first position there. I just have to continue this way. Now Julien and I are going to Argentina to do the recce as it’s on the calendar for 2009. We don’t yet know what we will be doing next year but we want as much experience and preparation as possible.”
The 24-year-old’s next competitive outing will be on the second round of the J-WRC, Jordan Rally.