A day of highs and lows for Ogier

A day of highs and lows for OgierFrom General Article [ 07/02/2014 ].
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Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia had an eventful second leg at Rally Sweden. Very pleased to have ended yesterday's leg in the overall lead despite their less than ideal position on the road, the French pair dropped down the overall standings on day two's opening stage.

The world champion's Polo R WRC went off on Lesjöfors (SS11). Although the car didn't suffer any major damage, it remained stuck in a snow bank for several minutes, leaving Sébastien Ogier down in 20th place in the overall standings. At that stage, he was 4min 18s adrift of the leader and 2min 48s from the top 10.

With virtually no chance of earning a podium finish, Seb simply opted to enjoy himself by pushing for the rest of the leg. His aggressive approach secured him six stage wins out of eight. On the 102km of stages that followed his off, he therefore clawed back some 40.5s on the leaders.

At this pace, the reigning world champion quickly climbed back into the points. At the end of the second leg, he lies in ninth position in the overall standings.

Sébastien Ogier now has his sights set on sixth place. He will try and take advantage of tomorrow's leg - the longest of the rally - to make up the 1 minute 7s-gap. The final day features eight timed stages, over a total of 142km. The rally is scheduled to finish in the afternoon with the Värmullsåsen Power Stage (15.87km), on which Seb will be looking to score as many bonus points as possible.

"That's rallying! We skidded into a snow wall twelve kilometres into the first special stage of the day. It was a slow corner, which is perhaps why I lost my concentration a little," explained Sébastien Ogier. "I missed the entry to the corner and next thing we knew we were stuck. A stupid mistake, but these things happen. Thank you to all the fans who helped us out."

"We obviously have nothing to lose now. The conditions are not easy, but we will do our best to still pick up valuable points towards the World Championship. The realistic goal for Julien and me is now sixth place. However, I hope for the sake of our team that Andreas and Jari-Matti top the standings come the end of the rally."