Volkswagen sees Sebastian Ogier as first factory driver shaping World Rally Championship future
Volkswagen factory driver, Sebastian Ogier will be at the helm for Volkswagen for the 2013 World Rally Championship (WRC). The 27 year old Frenchman won over 8 time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen who got the better of Michael Schumacher in the semis. The Arena in Düsseldorf was the place to be last weekend.
Emerging a winner at the Race of Champions wasn’t difficult for Sebastian Ogier especially since he triumphed when facing the best drivers. He went up against Formula 1 World Champions Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Jenson Button. Competing racers included DTM Champions Timo Scheider, Martin Tomczyk, and Mattias Ekström, alongside other motorsport champions.
For the Race of Champions, the racing cars in use included those from the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, Audi R8 LMS and the rally Skoda Fabia S2000. Sébastien Ogier had this to say. “My first outing in Volkswagen overalls and this in Germany and then victory in the Race Of Champions – I’m absolutely delighted. They were exciting races against fantastic opponents. It’s not easy for a newcomer to master the many different cars and the track, but I had a good feeling from the word go. It was a great honour for me to be invited for the first time to participate in the Race Of Champions. My thanks also go to the fans that made the atmosphere electric.” Even the beaten Kristensen admitted afterwards: “Sébastien really impressed me and he certainly has a big future ahead of him in rallying with Volkswagen.”
Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen had this to say. “The entire Volkswagen team is proud of our new Champion and is delighted with Sébastien about this magnificent win. It’s obviously fantastic that Ogier has won the first prestigious title for Volkswagen only two weeks after his signing. And this against a line-up of such high quality.”
Football World Cup winner and record national player, Lothar Matthäus had this to say. “Driving is generally a lot of fun for me, but there is an amazing atmosphere here at the Race Of Champions. It was actually an unequal contest: we know that women are the rather more circumspect drivers and men the more aggressive. For this reason the result was a surprise, but it was still a lot of fun.”
TV entertainer, Oliver Pocher went on to say. “This is how it is when you’re around women – we men were certain of victory and then the result was the opposite. But I hope that my personal performance as official up! test driver will encourage Volkswagen to use my talents for other events.”
Actor Natalia Wörner said, “It was clear to me from the beginning that we would win – women can handle the pressure better, and this pays dividends in front of such a fantastic crowd. We quickly had to get used to the track and the race up! but it looks like we managed very well. The race against the men was really great fun.”
Musician Lucy ‘No Angels’ had this to say. “I’m obviously delighted that we beat the guys! For Olli and Lothar I can imagine that the football results were more important, but we still wanted to win. The race was great fun. The up! was perfect for the tight indoor track in the Arena because it is so small and agile. It was almost comparable with a kart track. I’ve already configured an up! – in red, it’s a colourful, cheerful car. For me it’s a car of the future, small, light and efficient.”
TV moderator Joko Winterscheidt went on to say. “The race in the team with Lothar and Oli was fantastic, the up! was incredible fun to drive – now I really feel at home in a race car. I’d really love to test the Scirocco R on the race track soon.”