WRC: Volkswagen take top three positions in Germany
A one-two-three on home soil – a one-two-three for the history books: Volkswagen dominated the Rally Germany from the word go, and went on to secure victory for the first time. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are the first duo to win the rally in a German car in the WRC era. The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer also finished second and third with Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N). Following the best-possible result, and the sweetest success – until today, the home event had been the only rally that Volkswagen was yet to win – one thing is now certain: this year’s world rally champion will once again be at the wheel of a Polo R WRC. Rally fans may have to wait no longer than the next round of the world championship in Australia to discover which of the three works duos comes out on top. Having claimed victory number 30 of their career, Ogier/Ingrassia now have a realistic chance of wrapping up their third Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ championships in a row with rallies still to come – as do Volkswagen in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
“The one-two-three at the Rally Germany is a fantastic success for Volkswagen,” said Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development, who received the trophy on behalf of the victorious manufacturer at the Porta Nigra in Trier. “Ideal preparation, maximum concentration and a huge amount of team spirit are what made this triumph possible. The Polo R WRC proved once again that it is the fastest car on asphalt too, and mastered the demanding routes in Germany perfectly. I would like to thank wholeheartedly all those who were involved with this important victory. I would also like to compliment the organisers: the ADAC and its thousands of volunteers put on a top-class event, with the support of the Bundeswehr. This is also underlined by the huge crowds of over 225,000.”
Volkswagen’s most global car, and the most successful in the history of the World Rally Championship: the Polo R WRC
Sweden, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Finland, Australia, France, Spain, Great Britain, Monte Carlo, Argentina, Poland … and now: Germany. The one-two-three on the roads around Trier saw Volkswagen fill a small but important gap in the CV of the Polo R WRC. At the start of the week, the Rally Germany was the only rally that the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg had not yet won. Lady Luck had previously deserted the Volkswagen drivers at their home race. The manufacturer has now made its peace with the event in Germany, with the most global car in its fleet. And in true Volkswagen style: whenever Motorsport Director Jost Capito’s team has been under any kind of pressure, it has responded with a one-two-three: after the defeat at the 2014 Rally Germany, it bounced back with the first one-two-three in the manufacturer’s history in the WRC. The disappointment of Argentina this season was followed by the most successful rally with the Polo R WRC in Portugal. Volkswagen has now upped the ante with its fourth one-two-three, and the third of the season. And it achieved this feat in front of over 225,000 thrilled spectators over the course of the weekend.
Three match points Down Under – Volkswagen on the brink of securing the title in all three competitions
Volkswagen has set up three match points in the race for the WRC titles thanks to the dream result in Germany. With a maximum 112 points still up for grabs in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ championships, one thing is now certain: only a Volkswagen duo can be crowned world rally champion in 2015. Should Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia emerge from the Rally Australia with 84 of their current 93-point lead over their fellow Volkswagen crews of Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene intact, the defending champions will claim their third title in a row. Volkswagen can also wrap up the Manufacturers title Down Under, regardless of other manufacturers’ results. Ogier/Ingrassia and Latvala/Anttila must defend 129 of their current 139-point lead in order to win a third championship in a row.
Quotes after day three of the Rally Germany
Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I am absolutely delighted with this win! The fact that Julien and I are finally able to present our fantastic team with the long-awaited home win makes both of us extremely proud. Everyone in the team does so much to ensure that we drivers and co-drivers can challenge for victories. This win at the Rally Germany is our way of saying thank you – and it goes without saying that this success would not have been possible without that Volkswagen team spirit. Before the start of the rally, our team principal Jost Capito reminded us again of the promise we made to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Winterkorn, at the final ceremony last year. We did not need any more motivation than that. On the final day, it was just a matter of managing the lead and brining the Polo home in one piece. Now we have finally done it, with a one-two-three. An incredibly emotional moment!”