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Tango Argentino – one-two victory for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship


First, second and fourth – Latvala, Ogier and Mikkelsen triumph in Argentina
Outstanding result: Volkswagen’s best team finish in the World Rally Championship
Record-breaking run continues: ninth WRC win in a row for Volkswagen
Top three places in the championship occupied by Volkswagen: Ogier leads ahead of Latvala and Mikkelsen

14 May 2014
It was nothing less than Volkswagen’s greatest single victory in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In extremely difficult external conditions, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) celebrated a hard-fought one-two victory in the Polo R WRC at the Rally Argentina. Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN) completed the German factory team’s triumph by claiming fourth place. Crowds of enthusiastic fans lined the route of SS 14, holding their breath as Latvala and Ogier repeatedly fought it out to win the fifth round of the season. Mikkelsen also helped to make the event a resounding success for Volkswagen by doggedly working his way up the leader board. Taking first and second place further extends Volkswagen’s lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship. Following the Rally Argentina, the three Volkswagen duos are now also at the top of the table in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship. The event marked Jari-Matti Latvala’s tenth win in the World Rally Championship and his third in Volkswagen’s colours.

Latvala vs. Ogier, Ogier vs. Latvala – a duel to win the rally, a duel for the WRC crown

Right from the word go, spectators were treated to a thrilling duel for first place in Argentina – despite punishing external conditions. The current World Champions, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, got off to the better start, claiming the first two Special Stages. Then Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila launched their counterattack during the rally’s longest stage. The pair took the overall lead by putting in the best time on the “Ascochinga–Agua de Oro” section, which is almost 52 kilometres long. Before the first day’s rallying had finished, first place changed hands twice more between Latvala and Ogier. Latvala dominated on Saturday and Sunday, gaining the upper hand in the duel with eight wins to Ogier’s one over the two days. Following five of the season’s 13 rallies, the battle between Ogier and Latvala is also dominating the battle for the WRC title. With his win, Latvala closed the gap in the World Championship standings to 24 points.

A setback and a fightback: Mikkelsen plays catch-up

The weekend’s most impressive fightback came from Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula. The Norwegian–Finnish Volkswagen duo suffered a setback on the very first day of the Rally Argentina when a belt flew off their alternator – sheer bad luck. They finished seventh rather than third and were hit by a five-minute penalty instead of vying for the lead. However, Mikkelsen/Markkula didn’t give up. On Saturday, they overtook three of their rivals by setting the best time on one stage and bagging two other top three times. This halved the gap to second place to less than two minutes. A conservative but successful strategy came into play on Sunday: Mikkelsen/Markkula cleverly secured fourth place with good results on the two classic stages “Mina Clavero” and “El Condor” and managed to finish just 23.6 seconds shy of a podium place rather than their original 3:21.3 minutes. It is interesting to note that Mikkelsen/Markkula would easily have secured a spot on the podium with their performance alone, had it not been for the time penalty.

The backbone of the team: Volkswagen’s service mechanics are the key to success

The Rally Argentina is not just a WRC classic – it also has a reputation for being the toughest test of both man and machine. In 2014, heavy rain and storms in the weeks leading up to the event meant the tracks were badly eroded and very rough. Countless cross-ditches and deep potholes put all of the teams’ World Rally Cars to the test. However, the Volkswagen drivers’ equipment remained in great shape throughout the competition, thanks to the team’s service crews. Volkswagen’s experienced mechanics used the three services on each day of the rally – one in the morning (15 minutes), one at lunchtime (30 minutes) and one in the evening (45 minutes) – to make sure the three Polo R WRCs were always ready to face the forthcoming stages.

Team successes, winning streaks and milestones: facts and figures from Argentina

By claiming first, second and fourth place in Argentina, Volkswagen celebrated its greatest success to date in a single round of the WRC. This win thereby replaces the team’s previous milestone at the Rally Great Britain in November 2013, when the three Volkswagen pairings secured first, second and fifth place. As well as claiming impressive positions, the team did it in style. The Rally Argentina is made up of 14 Special Stages covering a total of 405.10 kilometres. Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen set the best time on ten of them, finished second eleven times, and took third place on ten stages. This meant that Volkswagen claimed 31 of the 42 possible top three times. With this performance, Argentina remains the most successful motorsport host country for Volkswagen. In 2005, Volkswagen bagged its first overall victory for the Volkswagen Race Touareg at the Rallye por las Pampas. Then in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the make celebrated three marathon wins at the legendary Dakar Rally with Giniel de Villiers, Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah at the wheel.

Jari-Matti Latvala’s victory at the Rally Argentina in 2014 also saw the team continue a winning streak in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) which started last season: Volkswagen has now taken the top spot nine times in a row. The marque finished the 2013 season with wins in Australia, France, Spain and the UK. It has followed this with success in Monte Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Portugal and Argentina so far in 2014. This means that Volkswagen remains unbeaten to date in 2014 and is celebrating its third double victory in the space of five rallies and its fifth overall.

The icing on the cake: extra points for Ogier and Latvala in the Power Stage

Once again, Sébastien Ogier was all over the final Power Stage, when extra points are awarded for the three best pairings in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship. On the second run-through of “El Condor”, the ruling World Champion finished 10.5 seconds ahead of Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) and another tenth of a second in front of his fellow Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala. Four of the six extra points went to the Wolfsburg-based team as a result. Volkswagen’s drivers and co-drivers have now bagged extra points 27 times already in the course of 18 rallies.

Volkswagen occupies the top three places in the WRC standings with a comfortable lead

First, second and third – the Volkswagen duos have a firm grip on the top of the WRC drivers’ and co-drivers’ leader board. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia are in the lead with 112 points, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila who have notched up 88 points. Having finished the latest rally fourth, Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula are now in third place overall with 48 points. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (Citroën) are fourth in the overall standings with the same number of points as Mikkelsen. Volkswagen has further extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship thanks to Ogier and Latvala’s one-two win, giving them the maximum point score of 43. The works team will go into the next round in Italy (05–08 June) 97 points ahead of second-placed Citroën.

Quotes after day three of the Rally Argentina

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“The conditions at this Rally Argentina were the most difficult ones I’ve experienced for a long time. The road conditions were incredibly tough on the drivers and the cars, so I’m very happy with second place. I’d like to congratulate Jari-Matti, who put in a strong performance and deserved to win. I’m actually pleased that people are realising it’s not as easy to win as it might sometimes look. Julien and I gave our all throughout the weekend, but especially at the end the gravel tracks were so slippery and muddy that our only objective was to make it across the line. Mastering ‘El Condor’ in particular was a real adventure. Nevertheless, it’s always overwhelming to tackle the stage in front of so many frenetic fans. I’m looking forward to next year, when I’ll have another go at making it to the top of the podium in Argentina.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“Of course I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Rally Argentina. It’s been quite a few years since a Finn won this rally. Fighting it out with Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia was great. My co-driver Miikka Anttila contributed enormously to our success because his instructions safely guided us through some extremely difficult sections. We have done of lot of analysing and working on ourselves over the last few weeks and months, and it paid off here. Huge thanks go to the whole Volkswagen team too, because our Polo was always perfectly prepared and withstood the immense strain right until the end. This victory means a lot to me personally because we won this tricky rally on our own merit, which shows that we’re still a force to be reckoned with in the World Championship.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“I’ve never been so delighted to finish fourth. After we failed to finish the last stage on Friday because of a technical glitch and were hit with a five-minute penalty as a result, we tried to make the best of things. We simply couldn’t have done any more and I’m really pleased with our performance. After gaining fourth place even quicker than we’d hoped on Saturday, we were a bit more cautious on Sunday. Lots of mud, thick fog – the last Special Stages were a real challenge. Nevertheless, we managed to make good a lot of time and shorten our gap to third place. All in all, we’re very satisfied.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“Simply outstanding. We had set ourselves ambitious targets for this rally, but in the end we exceeded our own expectations by far. Finishing first, second and fourth is Volkswagen’s biggest success at a WRC rally to date. It might look like it was easy when you see the results, but it was hard work. Every single driver and co-driver did a fantastic job and all of them could rely on their Polo R WRCs leaving the service area in top shape every time. I’m particularly pleased about Jari-Matti Latvala’s win. It took great mental strength for him to wrestle this win away from Sébastien Ogier, who’s the reigning World Champion with good reason. He put in a fantastic performance as well. And we’ve signed a great up-and-coming driver too in the shape of Andreas Mikkelsen. We’ve known that for a long time, but he proved it to everyone at this event with the best gravel rally of his career.”

And then there was …

… one of the keys to Volkswagen’s success: team spirit. Unlike some of their rivals, Volkswagen’s Motorsport department has sole responsibility for developing and competing with the Polo R WRC. The dedicated crew behind the works team has grown over the years and consists of mechanics, logistics experts and engineers with permanent contracts. Almost half of the team members scheduled to travel to the rallies in 2014 were involved in the three “Dakar” wins in South America. To be precise: 48.35 per cent of the crew were also behind the Volkswagen 2009, 2010 and 2011 triumphs in Argentina and Chile with the Race Touareg.

And then there was also

… the Special Stage “Giulio Césare–Mina Clavero”. In 2014, the drivers completed the last 22.07-kilometre stage going from 1,993 to 1,022 metres above sea level in the opposite direction to the previous year. A few figures provide an interesting comparison of the uphill and downhill versions: in 2013, the World Rally Cars completed 32 per cent of this classic stage at full speed and braked 29 per cent of the time. In 2014, just 17 per cent of the course was at full throttle. The drivers had to brake over 45 per cent of the total distance to master the slalom.
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Argentina – Final Results

1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 4h 41m 24.8s
2. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 1m 26.9s
3. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 5m 54.7s
4. Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN), Volkswagen + 6m 18.3s
5. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 8m 25.8s
6. Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford + 10m 08.0s
7. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 10m 32.2s
8. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 12m 03.9s
9. Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 19m 54.8s
10. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Giovanni Bernacchini (Q/I), Ford + 23m 10.2s
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Argentina – Power Stage Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 14m 29.3s
2. Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 10.5s
3. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 10.6s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
1. Sébastien Ogier 112
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 88
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 48
4. Mads Østberg 48
5. Mikko Hirvonen 40
6. Kris Meeke 32
7. Thierry Neuville 31
8. Elfyn Evans 26
9. Martin Prokop 22
10. Bryan Bouffier 18
11. Henning Solberg 16
12. Ott Tänak 10
13. Benito Guerra 8
14. Robert Kubica 8
15. Chris Atkinson 6
16. Pontus Tidemand 4
17. Juho Hänninen 4
18. Jaroslav Melichárek 4
19. Nasser Al-Attiyah 3
20. Matteo Gamba 2
21. Craig Breen 2
22. Yuriy Protasov 2
23. Jari Ketomaa 1
24. Dani Sordo 0
Manufacturers’ Championship
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 187
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 90
3. M-Sport 68
4. Hyundai Motorsport 55
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 52
Jipocar Czech National Team
7. RK M-Sport WRT 12
8. Hyundai Motorsport N 0









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SS11 – Al-Khor 2 – 18.18km.


LUSAIL (Qatar): Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah cruised through the final six gravel special stages of the Manateq Qatar International Rally to seal a convincing victory on Saturday.

A record-breaking 14th victory in his home event also marked a remarkable 70th MERC victory in the 211-event history of the FIA Middle East Rally Championships since 1984. His French co-driver Matthieu Baumel duly claimed his third win in Qatar and a career 18th in the MERC.

The success also marked the first outright FIA championship rally win for Volkswagen’s Polo GTI R5 that made its debut at the WRC in Spain last October and claimed WRC 2 success in Sweden in February with Norwegian driver Ole Christian Veiby. Customer Polos have already won national events in Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Latvia this year



Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, International Press Officer, 2019 Manateq Qatar International Rally

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Mucho trabajo, preparativos para el armado de la edición 124 de nuestra publicación RRM Argentina y además muy felices con la estupenda aceptación de miles de seguidores en nuestras fanpages en las redes sociales.  Mucho agradecimiento y confianza para seguir por más en todos los aspectos de la información en la actividad a nivel nacional e internacional.


4 de Febrero 2015

Hola Amigos & fans, les quiero agradecer profundamente su seguimiento diario, mediante mis informes, fotos, links de mis fanpages de trabajo, de teams, drivers, videos y todo lo relacionado con la actividad que nos apasiona, y nos une en cada jornada, el RALLY, en especial el WRC. Llegamos juntos a 11.000 friends que comparten esta pasión, y labor junto a mí.

Los quiero mucho, un fuerte abrazo y vámos por más.
Les entrego esta emocionante foto de uno de mis autos favoritos, diría de leyenda el Subaru Impreza WRC 555 que tripulaban en el Rally de Cataluña en España 2002, el vikingo noruego Petter Solberg y su navegante galés Phil Mills junto a la histórica empresa británica Prodrive, bajo el apoyo económico desde Mitaka en Tokio en Japón by STI.

A menos de 10 días del Rally blanco de Suecia, con mucha expectativa para volver a ver a los mejores exponentes del WRC en los caminos forestales nórdicos, les dejamos una foto recordatoria de la edición 1995 con el Impreza 555 de Grupo A que intervinieron en esa instancia en el equipo azul de Prodrive, el español Carlos Sainz, el recordado escocés Colin McRae y el local Mat Jonsson.


All The Best.



Hello Friends & fans, thank you deeply I want their daily tracking, by my reports, photos, links of my fanpages work, teams, drivers, videos and everything related to the activity that we love, and unites us in every day, RALLY, especially the WRC. We came together to 11,000 friends who share this passion, and work with me.

I love them dearly, a big hug and go for more.
I give this exciting picture of one of my favorite cars, say legendary Subaru Impreza WRC 555 who manned the Rally of Catalonia in Spain 2002, the Norwegian the Viking Petter Solberg and his Welsh navigator Phil Mills beside the historic British company Prodrive, under the financial support from Mitaka in Tokyo in Japan by STI.









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Dos grandes amigos y fotógrafos de la historia en el WRC, un italiano, Manrico Martella & Miquel Liso., un español que ha dado todo por el Rally en la década de los años 90. Hoy con dos trabajos diferentes, Manri con la labor a tiempo completo en el Rally Mondiale e Miquel con su talento innovador en las fotografías en la fórmula 1.
También con sus nuevos libros, que remiten la mítica leyenda de la Lancia Delta Hf Integrale & el anuario de la máxima categoría del automóvilismo internacional, la F1.
Esperando el Rally RACC Catalunya – Rally de España se encontraron en Salou para conversar de las vivencias del pasado y actuales que tienen hoy en día en el Motorsport en el plano global ambos con su esencia de buenas personas y con gran capacidad de lavoro, tomando las mejores imagénes de la actividad en el deporte del motor.
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