Sébastien Ogier had a shaky start this morning at the Rally WRC shakedown when he briefly straddled his VW Polo R WRC car on a tight right hander on the 4.98 shakedown stage.

“It was a little stunt moment on two wheels!” joked Ogier. “It was a long hairpin right and I was actually too slow going into the bend because I braked too early. I was too far on the inside and the bank lifted the car onto two wheels”, he said.

“Luckily I had the reflexes to open the steering in the other direction and put the car back on four wheels and spin it through 360 degrees. It wouldn’t have had big consequences if we had rolled because it was a slow corner, but I’m always happier when I bring the car back in perfect shape”.

Ogier, familiar with Australian gravel having won the last two years here with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, finished first for the day.

POSITION DRIVER CAR TIME
1. Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R 2min 49.4sec
2. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R 2min 50.5sec
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R 2min 51.0sec
4. Kris Meeke DS 3 2min 51.5sec
5. Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 2min 51.6sec
6= Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 2min 51.9sec
6= Ott Tänak Ford Fiesta RS 2min 51.9sec
8. Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 2min 52.0sec
9. Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS 2min 52.1sec
10. Stéphane Lefebvre DS 3 2min 53.4sec

We were standing roadside to capture the day’s events and will report gravel-side across the event.

 

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Sometimes known to whisper to gravel, Alex crafted his early childhood driving skills in an old 260z on the back roads of country Australia. Having spent over a decade as an automotive photographer and freelance journalist he combines his wisdom to produce the unique content that is Trailing Throttle. t: @alexsrae