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WRC information: Why Sebastien Ogier could not threaten Hyundai

Six-time World Rally champion Ogier completed third within the championship’s first occasion since Rally Mexico again in March, behind Hyundai pair Ott Tanak and Craig Breen.

It means the Frenchman’s lead within the standings over third-placed Tanak is all the way down to 13 factors with three rallies left this 12 months in Turkey, Italy and Belgium. Elfyn Evans lies between the pair, 9 factors behind Ogier.

Looking again on the Estonia weekend, Ogier conceded that he may have executed extra to pressurise residence favorite Tanak however that after a “very satisfactory morning” opening the street on Saturday morning’s loop his troubles started. 

“A podium finish was the stated goal before the start and when you begin a rally on gravel as road opener that’s always a very good result,” mentioned Ogier.

“However, trying on the approach the weekend developed, we really feel that we may have executed even higher. I believe we may have completed not less than a notch greater and usually put Ott underneath extra strain.

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“This certified success was primarily due to a sophisticated Saturday afternoon the place sadly we did not handle to reap the benefits of the improved beginning place we had obtained after a really passable morning opening the street.

“That was partly due to ill-adapted settings that we gradually corrected, but also to issues with the tyres. First of all we had a tyre off the rim in the first stage, which meant we had no spare tyre and therefore no room for error for the rest of the loop.

“Then one other one grew to become delaminated within the final stage, which triggered a lack of grip and led to me being caught out on a braking space, dropping an extra 5 or 6 seconds.”

Sébastien Ogier, Toyota Gazoo Racing

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

Ogier ended up 27 seconds down on Tanak at the end of the rally, only managing the fourth-fastest time on the Power Stage – which was topped by Toyota teammate Kalle Rovanpera.

“As the hole was already a big one on Sunday, the target was to ensure of the rostrum and rating factors within the Power Stage,” Ogier reflected. “We obtained two; we might have favored a number of extra, however contemplating how badly the circumstances had deteriorated on this stage, I could not let myself go and most popular to not danger the place on the rostrum.

“Generally speaking, the conditions were much worse on the second runs during the weekend, whereas I really enjoyed driving during the morning. The second passes were difficult to negotiate with a lot of traps, difficult to anticipate.”

Looking forward to subsequent WRC occasion in Turkey, Ogier mentioned: “What awaits us in a few days in Turkey is a rally that’s well-known for being very rough and I can’t wait to confirm the result of the promising tests we recently did in similar conditions.”

Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC

Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC

Photo by: McKlein / Motorsport Images

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