Monday | 23 Jun 2014

Early exit for Super Seb

Sébastien Ogier will hope for better luck at this weekend’s Rally Poland (26 - 29 June) than he enjoyed during his guest start in the Porsche Supercup in Austria on Sunday.

After qualifying his GT3-specification Porsche 911 in 18th for the third round of the season at Spielberg, the Frenchman retired after seven laps with a damaged radiator.

“My radiator was damaged in a collision in all the chaos at the start. Unfortunately this resulted in me having to retire the car after seven laps, as the temperature had reached critical,” said Ogier, who drove for the same Project 1 team with whom he made his Supercup debut at Monaco in 2013.

“Despite this, the race weekend was another valuable experience for me away from rallying,” added Ogier, who will return to the cockpit of his Volkswagen Polo R WRC for round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship in Poland.

Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia celebrate victory in Italy earlier this month

He is 33 points clear of team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala and the reigning world champion is intent on keeping the margin over his challengers greater than the value of a win.

“We know we can’t always win, but we have to set ourselves the goal of always scoring as many points as possible in a rally.

“It’s my aim this year to maintain a 25-point lead – in other words a full race victory – over the team in second place at all times. Because you never know what might happen,” said Ogier, who will again be first in the start order for the opening leg.

Ogier is one of only a handful drivers who tackled the rally when it last appeared in the championship in 2009. He was third when he retired his Citroen C4 with mechanical problems.

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