M-Sport has had a long career in the WRC with all kinds of successes, but there is a test that is resistant to the british team. Or with the support of Ford, or in the last few years alone. The team led by Malcolm Wilson has never managed to win the Rally of Germany. All in all, the training has a great opportunity to do so this season to have the talent of Sébastien Ogier, which has clocked up three victories on the stages of German. After his great role in the Rally of Finland, Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans will attempt to escort Ogier in his fight with Neuville and collaborate in the battle of M-Sport with Hyundai.
Sébastien Ogier will not open the track in the Rally of Germany, an experience that has not lived since the Rally of Mexico. However, this condition can play against you and more if the rain makes an appearance. All in all, Ogier wants to get their fourth win in Germany and regain the lead in the WRC: “Each year I look forward to the Rally Germany and this year will be more exciting than ever. Our goal is to achieve the best possible result and to recover the lead to defend our title. It is always good to return to the asphalt, even if Germany provides some of the sections more changing and challenging on the calendar. Is a rally difficult“.
Sébastien Ogier is very clear what you are going to find in the Rally of Germany: “If we play on asphalt humerus, is even more difficult, and mistakes are rarely forgiven. it Is very important to be completely focused and work in close collaboration with the co-pilot to be prepared for everything that the stages have to offer. In addition, this year, there are some series of new stretches of high-speed, which will make things even more interesting. The Ford Fiesta has behaved very well on asphalt this year, so Julien Ingrassia and I are really anxious to deal with this challenge”.
Ott Tanak does not move with so much comfort in asphalt, although it has an eighth place as best result in the Rally of Germany. Despite this, the Estonian says he feels comfortable and ready to get a good result: “events faster on gravel would be my favorite quotes, but I’m prepared for this. Considering our pace in Monte carlo and Corsica, it will be interesting to see what we can do, but we have no reason to not to dream with a good result. It is one of my favorite events on asphalt, because each stage is different and is a real test to see the adaptation of each pilot to the changing conditions“.
“The climate in this region is quite unstable so it is important to have the most current information possible at each stage and that influences a lot of notes, and what they see the ‘Ouviers’. we Did a test to find the highest number of roads, surfaces and conditions are possible, because it is a preparation very important to have a good rally. As history has shown, anything can happen in this test. We are focused on achieving the best possible result and help to extend the leadership of the team in the classification of marks” added Ott Tanak.
Elfyn Evans comes full of motivation after achieving his fourth podium in the WRC, thanks to the second place harvested in Finland: “The Rally Germany is one of my favorite events and a test in which I enjoy very much. It is a challenge, but that’s why I like it. There are a number of surfaces and different roads and you have to find the right pace in each moment. With a failure of concentration, there is no second chance. The weather can be crucial in the rally and a wet test could make things interesting. After our good result in Finland, I’m looking forward to getting back to the car“.