After getting drop-kicked by the Marussia
F1 team in favor of a pay driver, Timo Glock
landed on his feet by securing a factory-backed drive with BMW in DTM touring cars.
He’ll race an M3 in the German-based series.
Saint Nick’s blessing was unnecessary – Ogier and his VW Polo had the WRC field well covered in Sweden.
Sebastien Ogier and VW overturn the WRC formbook
It’s been a decade since anyone not
named Sebastien won the World Rally
Championship, and that streak of Sebs
may be due to continue despite the
decision of nine-time defending champion
Sebastien Loeb to become a part-time
competitor this year. That’s because his
former teammate, Sebastien Ogier, and
his new factory VW team are stepping up.
Although Ogier settled for second
behind the master in the season-opening
Monte Carlo Rally, he took command
from the outset on the snow and ice of
the Swedish Rally – the last event before
fellow Frenchman Loeb’s sabbatical. Loeb
admitted he had pushed his Citroen DS3
as hard as he could, but was unable to
close the gap to Ogier’s VW Polo R.
might be cutting
back his rallying
the Frenchman is
He’ll share a
with Alvaro Parente
in the FIA GT Series,
while his team will
also field an LMP2
car in the European
Le Mans Series. And
he still has a couple
with Sebastien Ogier
in WRC this year, too.
The win marked VW’s first overall victory
in WRC since 1987, and vindicated Ogier’s
decision at the end of 2011 to leave behind
the dominant Citroen team – and a prickly
relationship with teammate Loeb – for VW’s
nascent squad. “I never had such a good
car as here,” he enthused in Sweden.
The third of Loeb’s four rallies in 2013
is the Argentine event in early May.
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