Volkswagen continues to dominate the FIA WRC with its fifth win in the seven rallies that the team has competed on. The recent win in WRC's Rally Italy comfortably extends the team's lead in the series by 64 points and was led by the driver/co-driver team of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia with a 1:16.8s lead over the next competitor.
“It was a great success for the whole of the team and being there to see it was a fantastic experience,” said Dr Hackenberg. “This was actually my last rally as the head of development at Volkswagen, but I will no doubt visit a few more rallies some time. I have put a lot of heart and soul into this project and that doesn’t simply evaporate when you move to pastures new.” said Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen.
The two Frenchmen was followed by Thierry Neuville in his Ford which took second place while fellow Volkswagen team Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikka Anttila placed third despite a flat tire incident.
For the fifth time out of six occasions so far, ‘Mr Power Stage’ Sebastien Ogier and Volkswagen achieved the fastest time in the Power Stage, during which bonus points are awarded to the top three drivers. His team colleague Jari-Matti Latvala likewise picked up some bonus points by finishing third in the 22.25-kilometre stage. This means a unique run of success for Volkswagen continues, with the brand having achieved all of the fastest times in the Power Stages contested in 2013.
“It feels fantastic to be back on top of the podium again! I was really beginning to miss that feeling after the last two rallies. I’m simply delighted – the team did a fantastic job and the Polo ran like a dream all weekend. We now have a very comfortable lead in the Drivers’ Championship rankings. The rally was incredibly demanding physically, due to the high temperatures, and it sometimes got as hot as 45 degrees in the cockpit." shared Sebastien Ogier