It is three rallies and four years since Ogier last won in the World Rally Championship but that is not going to stop Sebastien Ogier from walking away from imminent glory at Rally Italia Sardegna this weekend. The French driver looks to increasing his points advantage with a fourth consecutive victory on the Mediterranean island, but he deems the birth of his first child with television presenter wife Andrea Kaiser more important.
“I’m very excited to start soon a new life as Andrea and I are expecting our first child,” said Ogier. “The due date is after the rally, but you never know.If the baby arrives during the rally, I will head straight to my wife. That is a moment that I definitely don’t want to miss. The team is supporting me 100 per cent in this decision,” added the Volkswagen Polo R driver.
The baby is due between the Italian fixture and the next round in Poland, which starts on 30 June. Just in case the racer’s child hurries up a bit, Ogier will have a private plane on standby throughout the rally at Sardinia’s Alghero Airport, to take him jet-speed to Germany.
As championship leader, he will leave a cleaner road in his wake through the first two legs, clearing it off small stones allowing better grip for those behind.
[News and pictures: Red Bull Content Pool / Edited by Sudeep Koshy]