By this time tomorrow we could see the World Rally Championship mathematically won by Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier on home
soil tarmac at Rally France.
Unlike most rounds of the World Rally Championship, Rally France will open with the ‘Power Stage’ which gives drivers the chance to win additional championship points. With Ogier needing just one point to claim the Drivers’ title, third place in tomorrow’s Power Stage would be all he needs to make his championship lead unbeatable.
Victory on the 4.55 km Strasbourg special stage would also give Ogier the green light to go into battle against that other rallying Sebastien, nine-time title winner Loeb, competing in what is expected to be his last WRC event. Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito has told the media that “we no longer need Séb to play it safe to earn more points” due VW’s convincing 48-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship. Ogier is certainly fired up for a weekend fighting Loeb in the Alsace, saying that his perfect weekend would be to “win the championship title and then come out on top in the duel with Loeb.”
So, in 24 hours time, we could see a new World Rally Champion continuing the theme of the Drivers’ title being won by a Frenchman named Seb. Just this time he’ll be behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo R WRC. EngageSportMode will be watching with bated breath to see if the 6R Polo can confirm its WRC credentials, so check back soon for news on whether Ogier succeeded in wrapping up the 2013 title.