Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: FIA WRC Press, Ducati Press | posted November 27, 2014 11:32
The second consecutive win by Ogier, Ingrassia and Volkswagen Motorsports
Volkswagen Motorsports' Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia recently won the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship after their 8th win this season at the Wales Rally GB. The victory was the 12th win of Volkswagen Motorsports this season. Also worth mentioning is that this is the second consecutive year that Ogier, Ingrassia and Volkswagen Motorsports won the competition.
Wales Rally GB according to the FIA is one of the shortest tracks; it only covers six stages and has a total length of only 46.12 competitive kilometers. Ogier had control of the field but wasn't able to win a single stage win, reducing his overall lead but still managed to secure his 8th win. Mikko Hirvonen contended with Kris Meeke for second place but ultimately Hirvonen landed second place after Meeke's car suffered a punctured tire during stage one and was able to finish at 6th place.
Ogier and Ingrassia powered their Volkswagen Polo R WRC to victory in just 3hr 03 min and 8.2 secs, 37.6 seconds behind second place runner up Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen on their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Finshing third place was the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Crew duo Mads Ostberg and Jonas Anderson who were able to clock a lap of 3hr 04 min and 11.8 sec with their Citroen DS3 WRC.
In celebrating Ogier's victory in the 2014 WRC, Volkswagen Motorsports rewarded the French racing driver with a special motorcycle, an exclusive Ducati 1199 Panigale S 'Senna'. The motorcycle itself is painted in the chosen color selected by the late Ayrton Senna when he visited Ducati back in 1994 prior to his last race in Imola. It is a Brazil-exclusive bike and had to be shipped from South America. It is limited to only 161 units, the numbering alluding to the total number of races competed by the late Brazilian race driver. Ogier received bike #16, which was Senna's first ever Formula 1 victory during the Portugese GP.
"For me, Ayrton Senna is the biggest hero in motorsport. He was my idol. My father was a big fan of Senna and, when I was a young boy, he took me to Monte Carlo to see him race. He was the best, he was fast in every car, and he would never give in. It would have been great to meet him and get to know him, but in any case, he remains a fine example in motorsport. This Ducati 1199 Panigale "Senna" is a fantastic gift. I am very grateful to Volkswagen, both for the bike and for the importance it has for me, as I really admire Ayrton. The bike will for sure take pride of place in my home. They have done a fantastic job in Ducati. It is such a beautiful bike that it will almost be a shame to ride it on the road, so I will probably keep it in my living room! It is also nice that it has the number 16, in memory of his first win in Formula 1. It was in Portugal, where I scored the first WRC win of my career,” said Ogier.