Ogier has confirmed he will not contest a full season in WRC subsequent yr, because the collection begins its new hybrid period, and is eyeing alternatives in circuit racing with WEC and the Le Mans 24 Hours prime of the listing.
The Frenchman flagged earlier this yr that no matter occurs in 2022 he want to stay throughout the Toyota group in some guise.
He may contest a half WRC season or run as few as two rallies for the Japanese model and dovetail a partial marketing campaign with outings in different types of motorsport.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director Pascal Vasselon has confirmed to Motorsport.com that Ogier has undergone classes within the outfit’s simulator and talks are ongoing, however there’s “no mounted plan” relating to any outings in Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar.
“It’s one thing that’s in dialogue. There isn’t a mounted plan in the mean time; it’s simply one thing we’re ,” Vasselon advised Motorsport.com.
“He’s keen on driving our automotive and I perceive why he would need to drive our Le Mans Hypercar. He has already finished some simulator classes.
“We now have put our WEC drivers in rally vehicles on team-building occasions, however we have by no means had a rally driver in one among our prototypes, so it might be fairly fascinating, I believe.”
Whereas competing in WEC is outdoors of Ogier’s consolation zone, the 37-year-old has racked up a number of circuit racing outings throughout his profession.
Ogier has contested Porsche Tremendous Cup occasions in 2013 and 2014 and raced as a Purple Bull Ring wildcard within the DTM again in 2018, ending twelfth and sixteenth within the two races.
He additionally examined a 2011 Purple Bull Components 1 automotive on the Purple Bull Ring in 2017.
Ought to Ogier’s final want come to fruition he would not be the one rally driver to sort out the Le Mans 24 Hours.
9-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb completed second total in 2006 for Pescarolo Sport, whereas 1995 champion Colin McRae was third within the GTS class in 2004, driving a Prodrive-built Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello.
Talking previous to Rally Estonia this week, Ogier admitted his 2022 plans are nonetheless but to be confirmed however revealed that he’s hopeful of testing Toyota’s WEC Hypercar, and people outcomes may assist decide his schedule.
“For the time being I am nonetheless ready to see what will fall in place relating to my change to perhaps the WEC that’s my want that,” stated Ogier, when requested by Motorsport.com if the latest partial WRC calendar launch had helped his future planning.
“Nothing is set but. I’ve some work [to do] and am going to have a [WEC] take a look at sooner or later to see what I can do with this automotive and after that perhaps I will resolve if I do some rally and what number of, however in the mean time you all should be affected person to listen to about my 2022 yr.
“The precedence for me subsequent yr just isn’t motorsport for me, that may stay.”
Ogier’s anticipated determination to run solely a component WRC marketing campaign leaves Toyota looking for a driver to share its third automotive, with former Toyota, Citroen and M-Sport Ford driver Esapekka Lappi and present M-Sport Ford pilot Teemu Suninen among the many main candidates.