Thursday | 16 Sep 2021

Risk-free Ogier on the cusp of glory

Sébastien Ogier’s sixth podium of the season at last week’s Acropolis Rally of Gods has carried him closer to an eighth title in nine years – but the Frenchman admitted the Greek event was one of the toughest in recent seasons.

Ogier’s first third place of the year moved him 44 points clear of Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans, with Thierry Neuville 50 points away in third place.

“This one makes me happy,” said Ogier. “You can’t win every weekend, but this has been another great step for the championship and like I say at the moment, that’s the number one target right now.

“I wanted to keep the lead and we actually increased it, that’s really positive. This is a very good result for us.”

I think we did a very clever rally. The conditions were challenging all the time.

“Obviously I was not in the same pace as Kalle, he was really flying and on the next level compared to everybody, so congratulations to him for a well-deserved win.

“In the position I was in, in the championship after Friday, my mindset was not to risk everything to win the rally, so I’m very happy with my third place.” 

Heavy rain during the recce allied to writing completely new notes for the stages, making for a long rally week.

“It has been a long week,” said Ogier. “The conditions were difficult on the recce and there was a lot to watch on the videos – it was hard to estimate which corner had changed and which one hadn’t with the weather. This was quite an exhausting event – the challenge felt a bit harder and usual.”

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