The Frenchman had planned to take part in the show event near Porto with co-driver Julien Ingrassia in preparation for Portugal’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship that starts on 11 April.
“Unfortunately I have been laid low by an influenza infection, leading my doctor to insist that I withdraw,” Ogier explained.
“I would really have liked to participate in this unique event, but my World Rally Championship commitments must take precedence. I hope the fans understand that.”
With Ogier sidelined, VW will be represented at the Rally Sprint by Andreas Mikkelsen who will drive a Polo R WRC alongside co-driver Mikko Markkula as a warm-up before his World Rally Car debut with the team next week.
Volkswagen says the Nordic duo will give it their all in front of the 100,000 spectators who are expected to pack the 6,34 kilometre course on 6 April.