OGIER TAKES OVER
After enduring a year of developing
the VW Polo R WRC and getting his
competitive kicks in a second-tier
S2000 Skoda, Sebastien Ogier
was unleashed upon the 2013 World
Rally Championship with spectacular
effect: nine wins from 13 events and,
inevitably, a first title.
he focus was unbelievable. Wiping a
bead of sweat from his forehead,
Sebastien Ogier pressed on. His co-driver
Julien Ingrassia was urgently, accurately
reading from the notes in front of him,
urging Ogier on. Faster. Faster. They
couldn’t lose. That wouldn’t be tolerated.
Then they won.
And Ogier’s face cracked. A broad
smile broke out and he thrust up his
arms, index fingers extended skyward.
He and Ingrassia had done it again.
They’d built their Lego car faster than
The scene was Hanover, Germany, at
Volkswagen’s company-wide World Rally
2013 WORLD RALLY CHAMPION
Championship-winning party. Corporate
back-slapping done, frivolity had taken
over, pitting Ogier and Ingrassia against
their fellow VW crews in meaningless
games. Like building cars from toy bricks.
The urgent intensity Ogier brought to
the task spoke volumes about him.
Where competition is involved, nothing is
meaningless to Ogier. He is ferociously
competitive, unnervingly ruthless and
unswervingly single-minded. Nothing but
victory will do. Every time.
It’s those character traits – allied
to spellbinding car control – that have
rocketed Ogier to the top of the FIA
World Rally Championship this year.
WORDS David Evans MAIN IMAGE Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull