FIA World Rally Championship leader at the moment, the French driver of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC was given the opportunity to swap cars with Mattias Ekström and drive his Audi RS 5 DTM.
With only moments of leisure time in between races, the pilots still need to blow up steam and also support the brands that power their factory cars, so before ADAC Rallye Deutschland next week and the DTM race at the Nürburgring (Sunday from 13:15 local time), the French rally star Sébastien Ogier took the opportunity to drive the Audi RS 5 DTM.
With instructions provided by Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström (35) he did five laps on the 3.629-kilometer sprint track of the Nürburgring. “And on used tires, he was running pretty fast,” commented the Swede on looking at the stopwatch.
“Naturally, I wasn’t able to go all the way to the limit in such a short time, especially not with respect to braking,” said Ogier. “But the five laps were enough to whet my appetite for more. Now I’d like to do a real test in the Audi RS 5 DTM. The car is fantastic and really enjoyable.”
Following Sébastien Ogier’s test drive of the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM, Mattias Ekström had the chance to try out the Frenchman’s Volkswagen Polo R WRC. The two-time DTM Champion, who has successfully competed in the FIA World Rally Championship himself on occasion, was allowed to test the rally car on a track next to the Nürburgring.