The Frenchman, chasing a seventh world title, retired from September’s Rally Turkey when his Toyota Yaris stopped with an engine downside when heading for a podium.
He was edged out of second by Thierry Neuville in Sunday’s thrilling rally-closing Wolf Energy Stage at Rally Italia Sardegna, leaving him 14 factors adrift of team-mate Elfyn Evans on the head of the championship battle.
After shedding time throughout Friday’s opening leg when he swept Sardinia’s dusty roads, Ogier received six of the ten velocity checks throughout the weekend. However he couldn’t fend off Neuville, who overturned a 1.7sec deficit within the last take a look at to complete 1.0sec forward.
“I really feel that our leads to the final two rallies are a poor reward for our efforts, retiring in Turkey and now a 3rd place right here which doesn’t mirror our true degree over the weekend,” stated Ogier.
“Third place solely six seconds behind the winner and some factors gained on the championship chief means the end result right here is an effective one. Nevertheless, I’ve to confess we had been aiming for one thing higher and I believe we had the potential to get it.
“I gave it every thing behind the wheel, the workforce did an excellent job and our efficiency was very strong. The velocity was there and we will be particularly happy contemplating our highway place on the primary day in comparison with that of our rivals. Sadly, having to comb the highway value us an excessive amount of time.”
Two rounds stay in Belgium and Italy, each of which happen on asphalt, so Ogier has no extra highway cleansing duties to fret about. Having trimmed Evans’ lead by 4 factors, he stays optimistic of including one other title to his tally.
Video: Rally Italia Sardegna Wolf Energy Stage
“I wish to see this slight frustration in a optimistic means as a result of the efficiency is there, as proven by the great instances we set and our six stage wins, and that’s necessary for the longer term.
“I hope now that we will reap the rewards of our effort over the following two rallies. I’m assured it can repay in the long run,” he added.