Rally Poland: Ogier must withdraw

Rally Poland: Ogier must withdraw

Victims of a road accident during the reconnaissance of the Polish rally, Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Vincent Landais did not suffer serious injuries, but were still forced to withdraw from the rally.

Part-time World Rally Championship driver since 2022, Sébastien Ogier will not be taking part in the Rally Poland this weekend. However, the seventh round of the season was indeed scheduled for his programme. The French driver was forced to withdraw on Tuesday due to a road accident that occurred during the reconnaissance of the rally. The Gapençais was taken to hospital with his co-driver Vincent Landais, as were the driver and passenger of the other vehicle involved, and no one suffered serious injuries.

But the duo will not be able to start the rally, as the Toyota team announced in a press release: “The incident occurred while Ogier and Landais were preparing for the Goldap special, which constitutes the 10th and 14th special stages of the rally this Saturday. Ogier and Landais drove a road car, as is the case for rally reconnaissance. All reconnaissance cars are equipped with a GPS tracking system, which shows that speeds were within set limits. All those involved had scans which revealed no serious injuries. While Landais has been released from hospital, Ogier will remain under medical supervision overnight and will not be able to participate in the event. The safety and well-being of everyone involved remains the team’s top priority. At the same time, the team is studying its options regarding a possible replacement and will provide an update in due course. »

Ogier is fourth in the championship

Since the start of the season, Sébastien Ogier has taken part in four out of six rallies, winning in Croatia and Portugal and finishing second in Monte-Carlo and Sardinia. Great results which allow him to occupy fourth place in the world rankings, ahead of drivers like Adrien Fourmaux or Takamoto Katsuta, who took part in all the rallies.

If all goes well, Sébastien Ogier will be at the start of the Latvia rally on July 18, as was announced on Monday, before his accident.

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