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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT – FINNISH HERO: JARI-MATTI LATVALA WINS HIS HOME RALLY WITH VOLKSWAGEN

WRC A FULL 2015

Finnish hero: Jari-Matti Latvala wins his home rally with Volkswagen.

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Record-breaking drive: Latvala/Anttila triumph at fastest WRC rally ever
One-two sees Volkswagen extend its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship
First opportunity for Ogier/Ingrassia to wrap up WRC title at next round in Germany

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Rally Finland

3 August 2015

Wolfsburg (02 August 2015). “Kings of Speed”: Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttila won the fastest WRC rally of all time with Volkswagen. On home soil for the Rally Finland, the eighth round of the season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Finnish pair finished 13.7 seconds ahead of team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), thanks to an average speed of 125.44 km/h, to climb into second place in the overall standings. Ogier/Ingrassia are also among the main beneficiaries of Volkswagen’s 13th one-two since the manufacturer joined the series with the Polo R WRC: the next round in Germany presents them with their first opportunity to secure a third World Rally Championship title in a row. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Volkswagen – under the watchful eye of Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development – extended its lead to 116 points, giving the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer a comfortable advantage going into the final five rounds in Germany, Australia, France, Spain and Great Britain.

However, Volkswagen did suffer one set-back in Finland: Andreas Mikkelsen/Volkswagen Ola Fløene (N/N) came off the road and rolled their car several times at high speed on the fifth of 20 special stages. They emerged from the Polo R WRC unhurt, but the damage to the car was too severed to be able to repair the car on-site and rejoin the race under Rally 2 regulations. The safety cage withstood the enormous force of the crash undamaged, and the chassis is already being prepared for the Rally Australia.

Victory.

Win number two of the season for Latvala/Anttila, their third together at the Rally Finland, was a victory for pure willpower. After a disappointing start to the 2015 season, the duo produced its strongest performance of the year, setting the fastest time on half of the 20 special stages to finish ahead of their team-mates by what is a relatively large lead for the Rally Finland. Following the 14th victory of their career, Latvala/Anttila can confidently call themselves high-speed specialists: in 2015 they won the fastest gravel rally ever in Finland, whilst victory was also theirs at the fastest asphalt rally of all time in France in 2014. The WRC round in Finland marked co-driver Miikka Anttila’s 162nd start. This saw him pass his idol Luis Moya, who is also part of the Volkswagen team and has 161 WRC starts to his name.

Superlative.

125.44 kilometres per hour – the highest average speed ever in the history of the World Rally Championship. This remarkable figure saw the Rally Finland smash its own previous record from 2012, when an average speed of 122.89 km/h was achieved. The Rally Finland now occupies nine places in the list of the top ten fastest rallies of all time – including the top four.

Car.

The Polo R WRC is not only “Das Auto” of the past two and a half seasons, but also “Das Auto” for high speeds. The World Rally Car from Wolfsburg has so far claimed 29 of a possible 34 victories and 56 of a possible 97 podium finishes. The 318-hp four-wheel drive powerhouse remains unbeaten at the high-speed events in Poland and Finland. The success of the Polo R WRC is not only down to excellent driving and the efforts of the engineers in the engine department, but also the guys in the chassis department. With all the long and high jumps at the Rally Finland, the driver must be perfectly in tune with all the specialist areas.

“Ouninpohja”.

It is one of the iconic stages in the World Rally Championship: “Ouninpohja”. In the world of circuit racing, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is regarded as the greatest test of man and machine. The rallying equivalent is this flat-out stage through the Finnish forests around Jyväskylä. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anntila took a big step towards victory on this stage in 2015. The 400th stage win of his career saw “JML” move into the lead. He also clocked the fastest speed of 132.18 km/h on the 2015 variant of this famous stage.

“Myhinpää”.

The fastest power stage of all time: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won “Myhinpää” with an average speed of 135.25 km/h to claim the 123rd, 124th and 125th bonus points for Volkswagen drivers since 2013. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila added a further two points, taking Volkswagen’s tally to 127 points – more than any other manufacturer. This was the 23rd power stage success for Ogier/Ingrassia, and the 26th for the Volkswagen team.

Championship.

As well as Latvala/Anttila, the big winners at the Rally Finland were World Championship leaders Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. The double world champions now hold an 89-point lead going into Volkswagen’s home event in Germany, giving them their first ‘match point’ in Trier. Only eight driver/co-driver pairs could still mathematically prevent them from winning a third title. The best-placed of these are the new second-place duo in the World Championship, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila, third-placed Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S, Citroën, 98 points back), fourth-placed Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (99 points back) and fifth-placed Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai, 112 points back).

Quotes after day three of the Rally Finland

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“It was an incredible duel. I think we put on a great show for the fans. Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka. They were really strong all weekend. I said before the rally that Jari-Matti would be the man to beat at his home rally. As always Julien and I did our best, but, like last year, the two of them were just too good here in Finland. Despite this I am more than happy with second place, as we have extended our lead in the overall standings. Even without the fine second place, the Rally Finland was once again a fantastic experience. As a driver, you don’t feel any happier or any more adrenalin than on the super-fast stages through the Finnish forests.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“I cannot express how happy I am! My motivation coming into this rally and my desire to win were immense. After all the ups and downs I’ve been through this season, this victory means a huge amount. I would like to thank the entire team for its great work. They have always believed in me, even in times when things have not run so smoothly. As expected, today was a real rollercoaster and a perfect finale to the 2015 Rally Finland. Thank you very much to the fans for the support in the service park and along the route. I just want to enjoy the moment now!”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We had set our sights very high for the Rally Finland. Above all, we wanted to defend second place in the World Championship – and to extend our advantage if possible. Unfortunately, however, today was not our day and we crashed out. My pace notes were a little too optimistic on the fifth stage. I lifted in a long left-hander with a slight crest, which can be taken flat-out in perfect conditions. However, that did not prove to be enough. We ran out of road and rolled several times. Fortunately the Polo R WRC is a very solid car and nothing serious happened to us. We are obviously very disappointed that the damage was too great to be able to repair it on-site. We will now look ahead and turn our full attention to Volkswagen’s home round in Germany.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“What a fantastic rally from Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. They were in a class of their own. Jari-Matti and Miikka are without any doubt the ‘Kings of Speed’, as nobody has ever been as fast as them on either asphalt or gravel. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have their first opportunity to wrap up the World Championship at the coming round in Germany. Anyone who knows them will also know that they do not like finishing second, and will be doing everything in their power to finish on top again in Germany. Although Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene had to retire following their crash on Friday, we are still extremely happy. We remain undefeated in Finland – the fastest rally on the calendar.”

And then there was …

… a meeting of Dakar winners. The Kamaz team – winners of the Truck class at the desert rally for the 15th time in 2015 – paid Volkswagen a visit at the Rally Finland, where they spent an evening with Motorsport Director Jost Capito, who was also successful in the Truck competition at the Dakar alongside his father in 1985.
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Finland – Final Results

1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 2h 33m 03.8s
2. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 13.7s
3. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 36.8s
4. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 3m 58.7s
5. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford + 4m 29.3s
6. Juho Hänninen/Tomi Tuominen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 4m 44.3s
7. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 6m 20.3s
8. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (FIN/FIN), Škoda + 7m 11.2s
9. Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S), Škoda + 8m 52.2s
10. Lorenzo Bertelli/Lorenzo Granai (I/I), Ford + 9m 37.4s

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Finland – Power Stage Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 6m 16.1s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 0.4s
3. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 2.9s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
points
1. Sébastien Ogier 182
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 93
3. Mads Østberg 84
4. Andreas Mikkelsen 83
5. Thierry Neuville 70
6. Kris Meeke 54
7. Elfyn Evans 53
8. Ott Tänak 50
9. Hayden Paddon 44
10. Dani Sordo 39
Manufacturers’ Championship
points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 257
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 141
3. Hyundai Motorsport 139
4. M-Sport 126
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 49
6. Hyundai Motorsport N 43
7.
Jipocar Czech National Team 43
8. FWRT 9
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally Finland – Results
Thursday,
30 July 2015 km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Fløene
SS 01 Harju 1 02.27 P01 P05
(+ 1.6s)
P03
(+ 0.8s)
Overall classification P01 P05
(+ 1.6s)
P03
(+ 0.8s)
Friday,
31 July 2015 km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Fløene
SS 02 Pihlajakoski 1 14.51 P04
(+ 1.9s) P01 P08
(+ 9.2s)
SS 03 Päijälä 1 23.56 P01 P04
(+ 4.7s)
P08
(+ 11.4s)
SS 04 Ouninpohja 1 34.39 P01 P02
(+ 0.4s)
P06
(+ 16.4s)
SS 05 Himos 1 05.62 P01 P02
(+ 0.5s)
Retired
SS 06 Pihlajakoski 2 14.51 P02
(+ 0.7s) P01

SS 07 Päijälä 2 23.56 P03
(+ 4.3s) P02
(+ 3.0s)

SS 08 Ouninpohja 2 34.39 P02
(+ 5.4s) P01

SS 09 Himos 2 05.62 P02
(+ 1.0s) P01

SS 10 Harju 2 02.27 P01 P02
(+ 0.5s)

Overall classification P02
(+ 2.6s) P01
Retired
Saturday,
01 August 2015 km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Fløene
SS 11 Mökkiperä 1 13.84 P04
(+ 3.4s) P01

SS 12 Jukojärvi 1 21.14 P01 P02
(+ 3.9s)

SS 13 Surkee 1 14.95 P01 P02
(+ 0.1s)

SS 14 Horkka 1 15.59 P02
(+ 1.0s) P01

SS 15 Mökkiperä 2 13.84 P01 P02
(+ 0.1s)

SS 16 Jukojärvi 2 21.14 P02
(+ 3.3s) P01

SS 17 Surkee 2 14.95 P02
(+ 5.2s) P01

SS 18 Horkka 2 15.59 P02
(+ 1.8s) P01

Overall classification P02
(+ 13.2s) P01
Retired
Sunday,
02 August 2015 km #1
Ogier/
Ingrassia
#2
Latvala/
Anttila
#9
Mikkelsen/
Fløene
SS 19 Myhinpäa 1 14.13 P02
(+ 0.9s) P01

SS 20P Myhinpäa 2 14.13 P01 P02
(+ 0.4s)

Overall classification P02
(+ 13.7s) P01
Ausfall

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally Finland – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +), Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, LAOLA1.tv, RTL), Belgium (Canal +, RTBF), Cyprus (Cyta Vision), Europe (MOTORS TV), Finland (YLE, Nelonen), France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Germany (Sport1, Servus TV, LAOLA1.tv, Sky, RTL), Greece (OTE), Italy (RAI, Fox Sports), Ireland (BT Sport, itv4), Liechtenstein (Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), Luxembourg (Canal +, Servus TV, Sport1, RTL), Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21), Norway (TV2), Portugal (Sport TV, RTP), Spain (Canal +, TV3), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (Canal +, Sport1, Servus TV, RTL), UK (BT Sport, itv4), Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Belarus (Auto Plus), Bosnia and Herzigovina (Arena TV), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (Arena TV), Czech Republic (Czech TV, O2, Sport 5), Estonia (Estonia TV, Auto Plus), Kososvo (Arena TV), Latvia (Auto Plus), Lithuania (Auto Plus), Macedonia (Arena TV), Moldova (Auto Plus), Montenegro (Arena TV), Poland (Polsat, TVP, tvn), Romania (Dolce Sport), Russia (Auto Plus), Serbia (Arena TV), Slovakia (Sport5), Slovenia (Arena TV), Turkey (NTV), Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Algeria (Dubai Sports Channel), Angola (Canal +, Sport TV), Bahrain (Dubai Sports Channel), Benin (Canal +), Botswana (Canal +), Burkina Faso (Canal +), Burundi (Canal +), Cameroon (Canal +), Cape Verde (Canal +, Sport TV), Djibouti (Dubai Sports Channel), Egypt (Dubai Sports Channel), Equatorial Guinea (Canal +), Eritrea (Dubai Sports Channel), Ethopia (Canal +), Gabon (Canal +), Gambia (Canal +), Guinea (Canal +), Guinea-Bissau (Canal +), Iran (Dubai Sports Channel), Iraq (Dubai Sports Channel), Israel (Charlton), Ivory Coast (Canal +), Jordan (Dubai Sports Channel), Kenya (Canal +), Kuwait (Dubai Sports Channel), Lebanon (Dubai Sports Channel), Libya (Dubai Sports Channel), Madagascar (Canal +), Malawi (Canal +), Mali (Canal +), Mauritania (Canal +, Dubai Sports Channel), Mauritius (Canal +), Morocco (Dubai Sports Channel), Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV), Namibia (Canal +), Nigeria (Canal +), Niger (Canal +), Oman (Dubai Sports Channel), Pakistan (Neo Sports), Palestine (Dubai Sports Channel), Qatar (Dubai Sports Channel), Sao Tome (Canal +), Saudi Arabia (Dubai Sports Channel), Senegal (Canal +), Seychelles (Canal +), Sierra Leone (Canal +), Somalia (Dubai Sports Channel), Sudan (Dubai Sports Channel), Syria (Dubai Sports Channel), Tanzania (Canal +), Togo (Canal +), Tunisia (Dubai Sports Channel), Uganda (Canal +), United Arab Emirates (Dubai Sports Channel), Yemen (Dubai Sports Channel), Zambia (Canal +), Zimbabwe (Canal +)

Asia Pacific
Armenia (Auto Plus), Australia (Fox Sports), American Samoa (MAV TV), Azerbeijan (Auto Plus), Baker Island (MAV TV), Bangladesh (NEO Sports), Bhutan (NEO Sports), China (CCTV 5, PPTV), Guam (MAV TV), Georgia (Auto Plus), Howland Islands (MAV TV), India (NEO Sports), Kazakhstan (Auto Plus), Kyrgyzstan (Auto Plus), Japan (J-Sport), Jarvis Island (MAV TV), Kingman Reef (MAV TV), Malaysia (Astro), Micronesia (MAV TV), Midway Islands (MAV TV), Navassa Island (MAV TV), Nepal (NEO Sports), New Zealand (Sky Sports), Norther Marianas (MAV TV), Palau (MAV TV), South Korea (SBS Sport), Sri Lanka (NEO Sports), Tajikistan (Auto Plus), Thailand (Truevision), Turkmenistan (Auto Plus), U.S. Virgin Islands (MAV TV), Uzbekistan (Auto Plus), Wake Islands (MAV TV)

North and Latin America
Argentina (Channel 12, Fox Sports), Bahamas (MAV TV), Barbados (MAV TV), Belize (MAV TV), Bolivia (Fox Sports), Brazil (Fox Sports), Chile (Fox Sports), Colombia (Fox Sports), Costa Rica (Fox Sports), Cuba (Fox Sports), Dominican Republic (Fox Sports), Ecuador (Fox Sports), El Salvador (Fox Sports), Guatemala (Fox Sports), Haiti (MAV TV), Honduras (Fox Sports), Jamaica (MAV TV), Mexico (Fox Sports, TV4), Nicaragua (Fox Sports), Panama (Fox Sports), Paraguay (Fox Sports, Telefuturo), Peru (Fox Sports), Puerto Rico (MAV TV), Trinidad & Tobago (MAV TV, Channel 12), Uruguay (Channel 12), USA (MAV TV, Fox Sports), Venezuela (Fox Sports)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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