Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team’s Sebastien Ogier claimed a well deserved podium finish at the conclusion of Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday afternoon as he finished the event in third place overall behind the Hyundai pairing of Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville.
Speaking following the event he said:
“It’s been very intense for more or less the whole weekend. Of course, at the end, third place maybe doesn’t show the performance that we had here, but that’s how it is. We had to be second on the road for a big part of the rally and a lot of time was lost there. After that it was always going to be difficult. But I think we tried our best and I cannot be disappointed with my performance, I gave everything I had and it’s still solid points for the championship. I’m getting more and more settled in the Yaris WRC and the performance is there. I just need to continue with that and I’m confident about the future.”
Elfyn Evans leaves Italy with his championship lead in tact following a fourth place finish and speaking following the action he commented saying:
Today the main objective was to stay ahead of the driver behind and make sure that position was secure. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many points on the Power Stage as I would have liked, but all in all at least we secured the result and came away with solid points at the end of the weekend. Of course, you always want more than fourth place but we knew coming here starting first on the road was going to be tough, and we were almost out of the fight for the podium by the end of the first day. We continued to push but the times were close and in the end I think fourth was realistically the most we could achieve. Going onto asphalt, being first on the road should normally be an advantage and we’ll be hoping that will be the case.”
Kalle Rovanpera was left disappointed as he retired from the event. Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Principal Tommi Makinen commented saying:
“It has been a very interesting final day of the rally. Of course, we are a little bit disappointed that the final result did not go our way. Seb did a brilliant job this morning to close the gap to the leader and it was a really exciting battle. The difference in the end was very small after the time that was lost opening the road for the whole of Friday. Considering that, both Seb and Elfyn did a very good job and scored good points for the drivers’ championship, and we can be confident moving onto asphalt for the final events.”