Sunday, 18 December 2011

NEWS - Ogier becomes Volkswagen works driver

Now that the 2011 WRC season has come to a close, it has been announced that Sébastien Ogier will no longer be a driver for Citroën. Instead, the 27-year-old Frenchman and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia are joining the Volkswagen Motorsport squad effective immediately. Ogier finished the 2011 season in third place, and will be developing the Polo R WRC which will compete in the 2013 season. There has also been mention of Ogier driving a Skoda Fabia WRC in the 2012 season whilst the Polo is developed.

On the signing, Ogier said "Volkswagen is the number one in Europe and will soon be number one in the world. I’m sure that they’re going to compete with the goal of clinching the WRC title, and I’m happy to be part of this from the outset." And co-driver Julien Ingrassia stresses with self-confidence: "We’re looking forward to a team with a fighting spirit and the determination to win. Anything’s possible!"

"I am very happy about Sébastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia joining us," says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for the Development Division. "Both of them are important pieces of the puzzle on our way towards building a successful team in the World Rally Championship. It is also a mark of confidence for our team if such a strong pairing opts for a new team in the WRC that is still in the process of being developed."

Motorsport Director Kris Nissen added "We are proud that such a successful and quick duo as Sébastian Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have decided to join Volkswagen. The aim of putting a competitive Polo R WRC on the road for them as quickly as possible will additionally drive our team. We look forward to working with them and are hoping for many victories and titles in the future."

Ogier's first outing as a Volkswagen factory driver will be at the Race Of Champions in Düsseldorf on 3 and 4 December, being pitted against the other “Super Seb” from Formula One; Sebastian Vettel.

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