Volkswagen Motorsport live a real love affair with France. From 2013, either in Alsace or Corsica, the German firm has scored all the victories in the game. Sébastien Ogier won in 2013 and Jari-Matti Latvala did the same in 2014 and 2015. However, this streak of successes of the brand is not extensible to your pilot franchise, outside of the points in their last two appointments at home after committing two errors. For this reason, Sebastien Ogier arrives with a fish bone stuck with the Tour de Corse, any time you have your first real option to become champion of the WRC for the fourth time.
Ogier has lived one of lime and another of sand permanently in France. This year, however, the incentive is larger if it is because you win with your audience can mean a new championship to their display cases. The options are not very high, since in addition to beat, Ogier must wait several caroms. However, the frenchman does not trust: “I Hope that the weather this time in Corsica to respect us since last year was cancelled portion of the rally due to torrential rains. There are new sections and many special have been altered since then”.
Analyzing the keys of the Tour de Corse, Ogier explained: “it Will be important to make a good recognition, although they are always well these changes because the rally becomes a new challenge. The Tour de Corse is far from a rally easy for all. Like it happened in Germany, I hope that several riders are in the fight until the final day. After not finishing well here in the past two years, my goal is to drive good again in the Rally of France, and well able to fight for victory“.
Jari-Matti Latvala has the duty to be the first pilot in
avoid the title of his companion[19459005 of equipment and to this end will seek his third
consecutive victory in the Rally of France after winning the last rally in
Alsace and the first in the return of the WRC to Corsica: “I’ve won the two
recent rallies in France, and obviously, I’m hoping for a good result
new this year. I like driving on the stretches of Corsica. The surface is
very rough and also fairly uneven. You can not cut it in the curves,
which means less dirt in the sections and the adhesion level always
In this aspect, and following the signing of a remarkable improvement in its performance
on asphalt in the last years, Jari-Matti Latvala feels very comfortable with
the Tour de Corse and is ready to achieve another good result: “I
like asphalt rallies like this, so I’m looking forward to the
arrival in Corsica. The paths have no intersection and no straights
longer than 150 meters. I think that is a test which satisfies the pilots,
there are quite a few stages, but they are very long. The management of the tyres can
to be crucial in this kind of stages”.
For his part, Andreas Mikkelsen has a second position as best
result in France and was third in the Tour de Corse 2015: “Corsica
it is a test of asphalt only. The stages are special, few in number,
but very long and full of corners. Is a rally technically demanding, as
you have to be quick, to take care of tires and brakes and not making mistakes.
The first special will be key because you have to find the rhythm of the form
immediate. We are ready for this new challenge. Despite having options
title, I think that my goal is to expand my advantage with Paddon, Neuville and