Julien Ingrassia leaves the service park and is ready for Finland

Rally drivers and co-drivers are athletes, because it takes a fit body to be able to cope with pressures of competing and delivering the 100% performance in difficult conditions. Okay, so their job mainly consists of turning the wheel or pushing some pedals for drivers, or just basically holding a notebook for co-drivers, but do try that in your car and see if it wins you any WRC titles!

Julien Ingrassia injured his collar bone in a mountain bike accident and was forced to sit out the recent test session, scheduled as a preparation for Rally Finland. Seb Ogier’s navigator was told to sit tight and let the wounds heal as much as possible. It wasn’t clear whether he’ll be able to resume his duties in the crazy seat of Ogier’s Polo R WRC in time for Finland. Yet, athletes heal fast, and Julien is no exception. Doctors ran him through some test laps, checked that he doesn’t bend in the wrong way under pressure then stamped him with “good to go” approval for Jyvaskyla based Finnish grand prix.

[quote]“I am so relieved that I have managed to get back to full health in time for the Rally Finland. My thanks go out to the doctors for the great job they have done on me and the whole Volkswagen team, who have always supported me and sent me their best wishes. Now, I cannot wait to get back out on the road with Sébastien,” said the 33-year-old Julien.[/quote]