april 10, 2017 - Msport

Ogier in the hunt for Tour de Corse victory

M-Sport World #rally Team’s Sébastien Ogier and #julieningrassia are in the hunt for another top result at this weekend’s Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse – currently holding second place behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford #fiestawrc.

Gaining confidence in the Fiesta, there remains all to play for with two days of competition left to contest and Ogier just over 10 seconds adrift of the lead.

An epic battle for victory is expected as the Frenchman goes head-to-head with rally-leader Kris Meeke and the team are keen to give their lead driver a fighting chance of victory.

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Sébastien has driven well today and he has been sitting with our engineers looking for every little detail and every tenth of a second that they can find for the remainder of the event. I think everybody knows that he will not give up, and neither will we. He’s putting us under some pressure for sure, but it’s all there to play for and we’ll certainly give it our all over the next two days.

“It was a less fortunate day for Ott and Elfyn. Ott was really unlucky. He just got caught out on some gravel and there is practically no damage to the car. He drove it back to service and we basically just need to give it a clean. It’s a shame as he was delivering a really solid drive and some valuable points have slipped away from him.

“Elfyn’s obviously really disappointed. This is one of his strongest events but we had a hydraulic issue early on which he’s had to carry with him throughout the day. The good thing is that he got the car back to service and now he just needs to reset and start afresh tomorrow.” 

Currently holding second place behind the wheel of their Ford #fiestawrc, Sébastien Ogier and #julieningrassia are just 10.3 seconds adrift of the lead on what is their pure-asphalt debut with the team.

Despite struggling to find the sweet-spot with their set-up – particularly through the bumpier sections – the pairing posting the fastest time through the second pass of ‘Pietrosella – Albitreccia’ (SS3) and were never outside of the top-two on individual stage times.

That said, there remains more potential to unlock. Working with the team to increase their confidence and make further improvements to the set-up, Ogier and Ingrassia remain focused on taking the fight to Meeke and on being in a position to challenge for victory.