(8/1/2014) SEBASTIEN Ogier has warned his rivals in next week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo that his Volkswagen Motorsport team is “well prepared” to defend its FIA World Rally Championship titles.
The reigning world champion, who won nine of 13 rallies on the calendar last season, spoke before he and his Volkswagen Polo R WRC teammates were symbolically waved off from the manufacturer’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, en route to the 2014 opening round.
“There are only 61 days between the final stage of last season and the first in Monte-Carlo. Testing and preparations have been running at full throttle since November and we are well prepared to start the new season as defending champions,” the Frenchman said.
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito was equally bullish, declaring: “We are as prepared as possible for Rallye Monte-Carlo and have further developed many details on the Polo R WRC.
“This season’s World Rally Championship offers many new aspects and we are looking forward to pitting our wits against our competitors. It was thanks to our extraordinary team spirit that we achieved such great things in 2013. Bring on 2014!”
Rallye Monte-Carlo starts next Tuesday and runs until 19 January.
It was the venue for Volkswagen Motorsport’s WRC debut last year. Ogier finished a stunning second and it was one of only four rounds he failed to win on the way to the driver’s title.