Ogier: It was my mistake and I shouldn’t have touched the bank

Ogier: It was my mistake and I shouldn’t have touched the bank

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Sébastien Ogier
photo: M-Sport

Sébastien Ogier made a mistake during the first day of Rally Portugal – something he does not do often. He stopped during the second pass of Viana do Castelo (SS5) with damaged suspension.

“I went just a couple of centimetres too deep into a right-hand corner. There was a bank and I thought it would be okay to touch it a little, but unfortunately, there was something there – a small root [or tree stump]”, Ogier explained.

Ogier: “It was a small, short impact on the suspension, but it was enough to break it”

“In the next corner, nothing happened when I braked – I couldn’t turn and went straight into the trees. It was my mistake and I shouldn’t have touched the bank – those two or three centimetres have cost us a lot this weekend.”

Ogier was opening the road during the first day of competition in Portugal. He was clearing a line in the loose gravel but despite that was fourth until the incident.

The Frenchman and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia will be back on the road on Saturday but without a target for the rest of the rally.

Meanwhile, Elfyn Evans went really well in the rally. He was pleased but thought there were still things for improvement.

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