New Dad Ogier ready to take on Poland gravel

Consistency has been the word when it comes to the 2016 Volkswagen World Rally Championship (WRC) campaign so far.

With Hyundai becoming the rising star and clinching two of the last three WRC rounds and Citroen taking the honours in Portugal, Volkswagen hasn’t been able to dominate like they had over the previous 18 months.

Despite having to share the glory, Volkswagen and Ogier/Ingrassia have managed to stay at the top of the WRC standings and that means leading the field again at this week’s Rally Poland.

Couple this with the fact that Volkswagen is yet to win on the gravel in 2016 and Poland could be the make or break round of the championship this season.

It’s also the first event since Ogier (pictured) and his wife Andrea Kaiser-Ogier welcomed their son, Tim to the world.

However, the new dad says being a parent will only make him a better driver.

“My new situation in my private life gives me additional strength, I imagined that it would be wonderful to be a father, but I never thought it would be so overwhelming.”

While after winning the Mikolajki-based event for the last two years, Ogier says he can’t wait to take on the high-speed gravel stages.

“Compared with the Rally Italy, the gravel is totally different, and won’t be quite as challenging for our car.

“Even though it’s been four rallies since our last win, we have consistently extended our lead in the championship, which means my confidence is high heading to Poland.”

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Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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