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Ogier Withdraws from Rally Poland


Sébastien Ogier, the celebrated eight-time world rally champion, and his co-driver Vincent Landais have withdrawn from the ORLEN 80th Rally Poland following a road traffic accident during reconnaissance on Tuesday morning. The Toyota Gazoo Racing team reported that while preparing their pace notes for the upcoming Goldap special stage, Ogier and Landais were involved in a collision with another vehicle.

Both were promptly taken to a local hospital for medical evaluations. Thankfully, scans indicated no serious injuries for any of the individuals involved, including the two civilians in the other vehicle. However, while Landais has been discharged, Ogier is required to remain under medical observation overnight, precluding his participation in this week’s event.

The team’s statement emphasized that the safety and well-being of all participants are their highest priority. They are currently evaluating their options for a possible replacement driver for the rally, which is set to commence this weekend. This incident marks a significant setback for Ogier, who had been participating in a partial WRC campaign this season, already securing wins in Croatia and Portugal.