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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC 2015): RALLY DE ESPAÑA – VOLKSWAGEN RED BULL MOTORSPORT – THE HANDSOME WON: MAIDEN WRC VICTORY FOR VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER ANDREAS MIKKELSEN

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The Handsome Won: Maiden WRC victory for Volkswagen driver Andreas Mikkelsen.

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR), Ola Fløene (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015) WRC Rally Spain 2015

Dramatic first WRC win for Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene
World-class duel: Mikkelsen/Fløene vs. Latvala/Anttila
World champions* Ogier/Ingrassia retire whilst leading shortly before the end

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Rally Spain

25 October 2015

Wolfsburg (25 October 2015). A superlative victory: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene have won the Rally Spain with Volkswagen to claim their first victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Their first WRC success completed a remarkable one-two for Volkswagen – the seventh of the season. The Norwegians clinched victory in the dying seconds on the closing Power Stage. Mikkelsen/Fløene won the final stage to finish 3.1 seconds ahead of their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), before benefitting from a mistake by fellow Volkswagen men Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), who retired. After twelve podiums with the Polo R WRC, Mikkelsen and Fløene climbed onto the very top step of the rostrum for the first time in their career – on their 64th appearance at the pinnacle of rallying. This was victory number 11 of the season for the Polo R WRC, and the 33rd since the car made its debut in January 2013.

In securing a Volkswagen one-two, the Polo R WRC was the most versatile and fastest World Rally Car at the only rally on the World Championship calendar to be held on both gravel and asphalt: 17 of 23 possible stage wins went to Wolfsburg, including a clean-sweep on asphalt. One thing is certain going into the final round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally Great Britain: the three Volkswagen duos will finish first, second and third in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championships for the second year in a row.

Down to the wire: Latvala vs. Mikkelsen

A rally duel, mano a mano, right through to the finish: the battle between Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala was decided by just 3.1 seconds – in favour of the youngster. A puncture cost Latvala roughly ten seconds on the 20th of the 23 special stages. Just one stage later, Mikkelsen dropped several seconds after spinning his car. Going into the closing Power Stage, the experienced Finn trailed the young Norwegian by just 1.4 seconds. It was left to the Power Stage to solve this thriller.

Ogier/Ingrassia in the driving seat at halfway, only to retire with one hand on the win

Before the battle with Mikkelsen developed into such a thriller, a captivating struggle for the lead had lit up the Rally Spain: a flat tyre on the twelfth of 23 special stages brought the duel between Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala to a premature end. Latvala suffered a puncture whilst cutting a right-hander, losing almost a minute as a result. However, Latvala bounced straight back from this set-back: he battled his way back into second place, where he found himself embroiled in another all-Volkswagen duel – this time with team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Meanwhile, Ogier/Ingrassia appeared to have wrapped up their eighth win of the season. However, a single mistake made whilst attempting to secure Power Stage victory number 26 dashed any hopes of claiming the 32nd victory of their career shortly before the end of the rally. On the final stage, which was reminiscent of a racetrack, the three-time world champions strayed from the racing line and touched a crash barrier, causing such severe damage to their car that they were forced to retire. The pair was given the all clear following a routine medical check.

World Rally Car for all occasions – Polo R WRC remains unbeaten at unique WRC Rally

One day on gravel, two on perfect asphalt – it is this mixture that makes the Rally Spain a unique event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). And the Polo R WRC is not only unbeaten at this challenging rally, but has now achieved multiple success for three years in a row. Following the one-twos in 2013 and 2014, the top two steps on the podium were again occupied by crews in the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg in 2015.

Routine job performed to perfection: mammoth service for Volkswagen mechanics on Friday evening

The Rally Spain had a special feature in store for the mechanics: from Friday to Saturday, they had to convert the World Rally Cars from their gravel trim to an all-out asphalt set-up – and in a limited amount of time: the technicians were given a maximum 75 minutes. The longest service of the season saw the Volkswagen mechanics replace 4,044 individual components, some pre-assembled, on the three Polo R WRCs. These included: the complete chassis geometry, 18-inch wheels instead of the 15 inches usually used on gravel – including brake discs with a larger diameter, as well as the damper/shock units, gearbox and pedals.

One thing is certain: three Volkswagen drivers will top the WRC at the end of 2015

Reigning champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia have defended their titles, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila are second in the World Championship, with Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene third overall – Volkswagen is assured of ending the season in the top three positions in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship. Ogier/Ingrassia wrapped up a successful title defence at the Rally Australia, while the result in Spain means Latvala/Anttila tightened their grip on second place – as did Mikkelsen/Fløene on third place.

33 wins, 65 podiums – the facts

Podiums number 23 and 24 meant more than just the 33rd victory for the Polo R WRC on its 38th outing, and the 65th podium finish since the World Rally Car made its WRC debut in January 2013. It also meant the successful car set a new personal record: in 2014, its most successful season prior to this, the Polo R WRC claimed 23 podiums.

30th Power Stage success for Volkswagen, Mikkelsen wins stage to clinch victory

The closing Power Stage went to the Volkswagen duo of Mikkelsen/ Fløene for the first time this season, and the second time ever. They completed the twelve kilometres just 1.7 seconds faster than their rivals from the Volkswagen team Latvala/Anttila, who picked up two extra points. As such, the battle to finish runner-up in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship will be decided at the Great Britain. Mikkelsen/Fløene in third place trail Latvala/Anttila in second by just 26 points. A maximum 28 points are on offer for winning both the final rally and the Power Stage.

* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.

Quotes after day three of the Rally Spain

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“I was too fast in a long left-hander and went a little too wide on the exit. We made contact with the crash barrier, which knocked us slightly off line and the wheel caught on a post holding the crash barriers. That ripped the wheel off – and it was all over. We went to hospital for a thorough check – just to be certain. Happily everything is ok. Unfortunately this mistake cost us the win. However, I am very pleased for Andreas and Ola, who fully deserve their first win in the World Rally Championship.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“When you look at the way the rally panned out, I think we can be very happy with the result. Right from the word go today, an exciting battle for second place developed with my team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. With six tyres, I had opted for the safer strategy, while Andreas went for the more aggressive – and probably better – strategy with five. Anyway, my advantage had just about disappeared by the end of the morning. I then suffered a slow puncture on the 21st stage, which ultimately blew any hopes of finishing runner-up. I did eventually finish a rather fortunate second after my team-mate Sébastien Ogier crashed out. The most important thing is that nothing happened to him and his co-driver Julien. And, obviously, congratulations to Andreas and Ola on their maiden win in the World Rally Championship. I will attack again in Wales in three weeks – hopefully with a little better fortune.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We have waited so long and worked so hard for this moment. When it finally arrived, we could hardly believe it: we have won our first World Championship rally! Today was exactly the opposite of what happened to us in Sweden. I am overjoyed, but don’t think it has fully sunk in yet. I am sure that will take a few days. We gave it our all on the Power Stage, and finally came up with the perfect stage at this rally. That would certainly have been enough for second place, but the victory is obviously the icing on the cake. It is a shame for Seb and Julien, but the most important thing is that they were not hurt in the crash. It has been an incredible weekend for us, which we will certainly celebrate in style today – with my family, my mechanics, and the entire team.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“What an unbelievable finale. What a thrilling rally. First and foremost: congratulations to Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene, who were rewarded for their hard and tireless work and great performances with victory today. Everyone in the team is absolutely delighted for them both. The fact that we are able to celebrate this first today is down to a second piece of good news: Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are well after their crash. The Power Stage may have cost them an all-but certain win, but I am sure they will get over that – especially after another impressive rally here in Spain and seven wins so far this season. Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila put absolutely everything into this rally again, but were just beaten by Andreas and Ola. We now head to Great Britain with the knowledge that we have three winning duos in our ranks.”

And then there was …

… the 500,000th brother of the Polo R WRC from South Africa. It rolled off the conveyor belt at the plant in Uitenhage on Thursday. The Polo has been manufactured there since 2009, with the majority of the cars being exported, like the anniversary model – a CrossPolo in Flash Red, presumably for a customer in Austria.
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Spain – Final Results

1. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen 3h 21m 04.8s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 3.1s
3. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 21.2s
4. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 06.3s
5. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 1m 08.2s
6. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai + 1m 23.3s
7. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 4m 14.2s
8. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 8m 01.9s
9. Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S), Škoda + 10m 18.0s
10. Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford + 12m 15.0s

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

1. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen 7m 51.9s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 1.7s
3. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 5.2s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
points
1. Sébastien Ogier 238
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 180
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 154
4. Mads Østberg 110
5. Kris Meeke 94
6. Thierry Neuville 90
7. Elfyn Evans 81
8. Dani Sordo 75
9. Hayden Paddon 74
10. Ott Tänak 63
Manufacturers’ Championship
points
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 387
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 206
3. Hyundai Motorsport 202
4. M-Sport 173
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 116
6. Hyundai Motorsport N 67
7.
Jipocar Czech National Team 51
8. FWRT 9

Rally Spain – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +); Austria (ORF, Servus TV, Sport1, N-TV, LAOLA1.tv); Belgium (Canal +, RTBF); Denmark (Viasat); Europe (MOTORS TV); Finland (YLE, Nelonen); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Germany (Sport1, N-TV, Servus TV, LAOLA1.tv, Sky); Greece (OTE); Italy (RAI, Fox Sports, Dinamica); Ireland (BT Sport); Lichtenstein (N-TV, Sport1, Servus TV); Luxembourg (Canal +, N-TV, Servus TV, Sport1); Israel (Charlton); Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21); Netherlands (RTL7); Norway (VIASAT); Portugal (Sport TV, RTP); Slovakia (Sport 5); Spain (Canal +, TVE, TV3); Sweden (SVT); Switzerland (Canal +, N-TV, Sport1, Servus TV); Turkey (NTV); UK (BT Sport, itv4); Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (Auto Plus); Bosnia and Herzigovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia (Arena TV); Czech Republic (Czech TV, Sport 5); Hungary (Sport1); Lithuania (Auto Plus, BTV, LNK); Poland (TVP); Romania (Dolce Sport); Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

Middle East and Africa
Angola, Cap Verde, Mozambique (Canal +, Sport TV, SuperSport); Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Canal +, SuperSport); Ethopia, Mauritania, Seychelles (Canal +); Lesotho, Liberia, Mayotte, Reunion, Socotra, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, St Helena & Ascension, Sudan, Swaziland (SuperSport)

Asia Pacific
Australia (Fox Sports); American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Islands, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Micronesia, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Norther Marianas, Palau, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wake Islands (MAV TV); China (PPTV); Indonesia (MNC); Japan (J Sports); Malaysia (Astro); New Zealand (Sky Sports, TV 3); Thailand (Truevision)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN

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OGIER SUPERÓ A SORDO EN LA SEGUNDA ETAPA DE ASFALTO EN CATALUÑA Y VA POR SU CUARTO TÍTULO CON VOLKSWAGEN.

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ŠKODA HACE EL 1-2 EN LA WRC2 CON KOPECKÝ Y TIDEMAND.

M-SPORT & VW, PRESENTARÁN SUS NUEVOS COCHES WRC 2017 A MEDIADOS DE DICIEMBRE.

15 de Octubre 2016

La ilusión del cántabro Dani Sordo, del día de hoy, era mantener la lígera diferencia que cosechó ayer en la etapa de ripio mojado con algunos sectores con barro tripulando su efectivo Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation.

Pero hoy nada fue sencillo para el español, en primera instancia con problemas de subviraje en su unidad coreana armada en la factoría alemana de Alzenau, que le hicieron perder al término de la jornada valiosos segundos. Sin embargo, hay que decir, que el galo Sébastien Ogier realizó una remontada de aquellas, estableciendo cronos al más no poder, con un ataque frénetico sobre el piloto local de Hyundai, demostrando porque es el conductor de la especialidad del momento con casi cuatro coronas consecutivas en su haber, pilotando de forma perfecta el Polo R WRC junto a su amigo e inseparable navegante Julien Ingrassia. Descontando los 17 segundos que había de distancia entre ambos al finalizar el día inicial de tierra y ahora aventajando por 5.8 segundos contra la motivación intacta que origina Sordo, en el Rally de su casa, frente a su público y ante la gran oportunidad de cortar la racha negativa de no poder ganar en Cataluña.

En tercer escalón y en discordia se ubicó el belga Thierry Neuville, con el otro i20 WRC oficial de última evolución, con tiempos aceptables, pero lejos de Ogier y Sordo, y favoreciéndose, tras al abandono sorpresivo por vuelco del noruego Andreas Mikkelsen en la prueba especial 12, cuándo ocupaba la tercera plaza y tenía opciones de podio. Sin poder implementar su gran actuación del 2015, el rubio de Noruega, se va con las manos vacías de Salou.

En tanto que el fines Jari-Matti Latvala ha tenido un Rally para el olvido con el Polo R WRC número 2, con muchos inconvenientes, tanto en errores de conducción, con trompos, etc y pérdida de tiempo relevante en los varios pinchazos que lo consumió, quedando entre los 20 mejores clasificados al culminar este día sábado en PortAventura.

El “Kiwi” Hayden Paddon se recompuso de la mala puesta a punto del viernes y sostuvo un plan de trabajo constante a bordo de su i20 WRC, optando por la interesante cuarta posición, teniendo al británico Kris Meeke de la DS3 WRC by Abu Dhabi y al noruego Mads Ostberg de M-Sport entre el quinto y sexto puesto respectivamente, a sus espaldas, del talento de Nueva Zelanda, que se anima a decir, que sueña con el podio en suelo catalán.

Mientras que en la WRC2, las cosas están muy claras, solo una escuadra que domina a voluntad, los checos de ŠKODA, con sus dos estrellas que manejaron formidablemente sus Fabia R5, el experimentado Jan Kopecký y el sueco Pontus Tidemand. Que desde mañana buscarán el 1-2 fantástico para la marca que gestiona Michal Hräbanek y Pavel Hortek, desde su cuartel general ligado a Praga en Mladá Bolesvav.

Para finalizar dos cosas, los constructores M-Sport de Ford y Volkswagen Motorsport han confirmado que mostrarán próximamente a la prensa especializada a mediados del mes de diciembre sus nuevos autos de cara al revolucionario WRC 2017. Los esperados nuevos Fiesta RS WRC y VW Polo R WRC con las innovaciones aligeradas de las especificaciones que propone la FIA bajo la regulación WRCar 017 desde Montecarlo, la apertura central del Mundial en el año próximo.

54 – RallyRACC-Cataluña-Costa Daurada WRC 2016

Clasificación General Día 2

1-Ogier-Ingrassia-VW Polo R WRC – 2h.35m.12s.8/10 99.813 km/h.
2-Sordo-Marti-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 5s.8/10
3-Neuvile-Gilsoul-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.03s9/10.
4-Paddon-Kennard-Hyundai i20 WRC New Generation -a 1m.20s.
5-Meeke-Nagle-DS3 WRC -a 1m.57s.9/10
6-Ostberg-Floene-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 2m.35s.7/10
7-Tanak-Molder-Ford Fiesta RS WRC -a 4m.24s.7/10

WRC2
1-Kopecky-Dresler-ŠKODA Fabia 2h.42m.54s.4/10 95.138 km/h.
2-Tidemand-Andersson-ŠKODA Fabia-a 14s.3/10

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE

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DANI SORDO CON POCAS CHANCES DE PODIO EN EL TOUR DE CORSE.

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Dani Sordo pierde opciones de podio en Córcega.

Cuando ocupaba la tercera posición provisional del Rally Tour de Corse, Dani Sordo se ha visto retrasado debido a un pinchazo en la última especial disputada hoy.

Sordo se ha visto apeado de la lucha por el podio por el que peleaba igual que en el pasado Rally de Alemania, y afrontará la segunda etapa de la prueba corsa en novena posición con el objetivo de llegar con el mayor número de puntos posibles el domingo a Porte-Vecchio, donde finalizará la presente edición del Rally Tour de Corse, décima prueba puntuable para el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallyes.

Dani empezaba la jornada acusando algo de subviraje en su Hyundai i20 WRC, a pesar de lo que marcaba el tercer mejor tiempo en la primera especial del día, Acqua Doria-Albitreccia, de 49,72 kilómetros. El piloto español del Hyundai Shell World Rally Team se iba encontrando más a gusto a medida que transcurría la etapa, pero pinchaba una de las ruedas traseras a pocos kilómetros del comienzo del último tramo cronometrado disputado hoy, perdiendo aproximadamente dos minutos: “Después de los tramos de la mañana me encontraba más a gusto con el coche, y he conservado los neumáticos en el primer tramo de la tarde de cara al último, pero he notado que el coche se movía de la parte trasera hasta que hemos comprobado que se trataba de un pinchazo y hemos tenido que parar a cambiar la rueda en pleno tramo. Ha sido decepcionante. No sé cómo ha ocurrido. Una pena, ya que nos encontrábamos en una buena tercera plaza. Intentaremos ganar alguna posición de aquí al domingo”, explicaba Sordo tras finalizar el último tramo disputado hoy.

Con salida y llegada desde Bastia, al norte de la isla, la jornada de mañana sábado será la más larga del Rally Tour de Corse y estará compuesta de dos bucles a los tramos La Porta-Valle di Rostino (53,72 kilómetros) y Novella-Pietralba (30,80 kilómetros).

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HOME, SPEED HOME – OGIER IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN ON DAY OF THE RALLY FRANCE

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Home, speed home –
Ogier in a league of his own on day one of the Rally France.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F) Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2016) WRC Rally France - Corsica 2016 Photo: Bodo Kräling

Four stages, four fastest times – Ogier/Ingrassia open commanding lead on home soil
Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Jæger within touching distance of the podium in third and fourth

30th September 2016

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE

Wolfsburg (30 September 2016). It doesn’t get any better than this. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) made a perfect start to the Rally France on Corsica in their Polo R WRC. The three-time world champions, who could claim the title for the fourth time in a row with victory at their home race – provided other results go their way – won all four special stages on the opening day of round ten of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Two of the duos out to prevent the Frenchmen from getting their hands on the title this weekend are their Volkswagen team-mates, who are also on course for success: Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended day one in third place, just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in fourth. Second place after 157.68 of 390.92 kilometres against the clock is occupied by Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). While Ogier/Ingrassia opened a commanding lead of 44 seconds, just 15 seconds separate the chasing pack of three in their battle for second and third.

The opening day featured some typical Corsican special stages: narrow, winding roads and long sections put driver, co-driver and car through their paces in gorgeous autumn weather.

Quotes after day one of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“An ideal opening day for Julien and me – beautiful stages, superb weather and a perfect car. The key to stage one was to find our rhythm. Looking at the lead we opened, we appear to have done just that. It was pretty hot in the cockpit in the afternoon, particularly on the long 50-kilometre stage. We have a similarly demanding day ahead of us tomorrow, particularly if the weather deteriorates. However, we obviously want to continue as we were today, to make sure we win in the end. That is definitely the goal at our home rally.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We were a little too cautious at first, but gradually found our rhythm the further into the rally we got. We can make a few improvements here and there, for example when braking, but apart from that we are racing the right way for the Rally Corsica. That only makes the outstanding times set by our team-mate Sébastien Ogier all the more astonishing. Hats off to his performance. We will obviously try to stick with him tomorrow and on Sunday. If we can, we have a good chance of finishing on the podium.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“We are not so much focusing on winning the world championship, but more on securing second place. With that in mind, we are going nicely in fourth place. I struggled to know how hard to brake in the morning. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time as a result. Apart from that, though, it was a good day for us, but we have two more challenging days ahead to come.”

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“We could hardly hope for a better start to the Rally France. Sébastien Ogier was clearly in a league of his own, while Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are also well-placed. First, third and fourth is more than we had expected and hoped for. However, everyone in the team is well aware that we are only one third of the way into the rally and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. If we remain as focused as we have been so far, there is a good chance we will be rewarded with a strong result.”

And then there was …

… a little milestone. Andreas Mikkelsen is contesting his 75th rally in the World Rally Championship at the Rally France – the 45th with Volkswagen and the tenth with his co-driver Anders Jæger. The Norwegian made his debut at the 2006 Rally Great Britain. Since then, he has finished on the podium on 18 occasions, including victories at the 2015 Rally Spain and the 2016 Rally Poland – all with the Polo R WRC.

Standings after day two of the Rally France

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, 1h 37m 52.8s
02. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, + 44.0s
03. Jari-Matti Latala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 58.0s
04. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), Volkswagen, + 59.3s
05. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (GB/GB), Citroën, + 1m 18.7s
06. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai, + 1m 26.2s
07. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 2m 00.7s
08. Elfyn Evans/Craig Perry (GB/GB), Ford, + 2m 36.3s
09. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 39.1s
10. Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N), Ford, + 2m 41.9s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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