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The next World Champion will also drive a Volkswagen: Success guaranteed despite disappointment on home soil


Volkswagen crews to battle it out amongst themselves for the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ titles
Out on final day: Latvala/Anttila retire whilst leading
Third place at the Rally Germany: Podium for Mikkelsen as consolation

24 August 2014

Crunch time in the World Rally Championship – the result of the Rally Germany means that the 2014 World Rally Champion will again be behind the wheel of a Volkswagen. Only Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) still have a mathematical chance of winning the Drivers’ title with four rallies remaining. However, the works team from Wolfsburg had a disappointing home rally. While Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) did record Volkswagen’s first podium at the manufacturer’s home round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the team was denied a maiden victory in Germany on a dramatic final day. Leading at the start of Sunday, a mistake about 70 kilometres from the end of the rally cost Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) any hopes of a second win in a row. As such, the Rally Germany remains the only event on the WRC calendar that Volkswagen is yet to win. The result also brings to an end Volkswagen’s record-breaking run of twelve back-to-back rally wins. Despite this, the team was still able to celebrate with Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene, who finished third in extremely difficult conditions.

Magnificent performance goes unrewarded: Latvala dominates before crashing out

The dream of victory ended with a mistake on stage 15 of 18, “Drohntal”, for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila: in difficult conditions, with the route extremely slippery in places, the Finn left the road in a long left-hander and skidded into a vineyard. They then hit a barrier whilst attempting to return to the road, bringing their rally to an end. Up until that point the Finnish duo had dominated the rally. As in previous years, the flying Finns had produced an outstanding display on asphalt to open up a gap of almost a minute. Latvala/Anttila, who won recently in Finland, were never outside the top five on any of the first 14 special stages. Indeed, the duo currently second in the World Championship clocked the fastest time on eight stages.

Two firsts: third for Mikkelsen and Volkswagen

The first podium for Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene on asphalt, and the first for Volkswagen at the Rally Germany: the Norwegian duo achieved two firsts in finishing third. Mikkelsen and Fløene claimed their third podium in the World Rally Championship, and the 33rd for Volkswagen over the course of the past 22 rallies since the manufacturer made its debut with the Polo R WRC at the 2013 Rally Monte Carlo.

Early out for the champions: two slip-ups from Ogier/Ingrassia

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) were left to ponder over their early exit from the Rally Germany. The World Championship leaders skidded off the road whilst leading on the final special stage of the opening day, and subsequently fell well back down the standings. This was followed on Saturday by another crash, which brought their challenge to an end. The damage suffered to the safety cage in the second crash could not be repaired in the allotted time.

It’ll be one of us: all-Volkswagen battle for the Drivers’ Championship

One thing is certain after the Rally Germany: one of the three Volkswagen drivers – Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen – will win the World Drivers’ Championship. Going into the remaining four rallies in Australia, France, Spain and Great Britain, Sébastien Ogier is now 113 points clear of fourth-placed Citroën driver Mads Østberg (N) with only 112 points still available. Ogier and Latvala’s co-drivers, Julien Ingrassia and Miikka Anttila, will battle it out for the title in the Co-Drivers’ Championship, as Ola Fløene only took his place alongside Andreas Mikkelsen part way through the season.

Although Volkswagen was unable to wrap up the Manufacturers’ Championship in Germany, the German manufacturer looks set to win the title at the Rally Australia. Currently leading by 167 points, a lead of 129 points after the rally down under would suffice to give Volkswagen its second successive Manufacturers’ title. For example, seventh place for either Ogier or Latvala would suffice, even if rival Citroën were to finish one-two.

Three days, three faces, three challenges in the region around Trier

A spectacular show in front of around 200,000 spectators: the Rally Germany posed three different challenges for the competitors over the three days. The rally started with the special stages near the border between Germany and Belgium, while Saturday was dominated by four stages on the iconic “Panzerplatte” on the Baumholder military training ground. Day three threw up two Rally Germany classics, in the form of “Dhrontal” and “Grafschaft”. Weather conditions alternating between rain and sun, as well as the plentiful mud thrown onto the roads as the World Rally Cars cut the corners, transformed some of the special stages into ice rinks.

Quotes after day three of the Rally Germany

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“This weekend is definitely one to forget for us. It is like an exact repeat of last year, and we drivers are solely responsible. The disappointment is obviously twice as great for Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikka Anttila, and I can imagine how they must feel after we crashed out the day before. However, we ought not forget that we, as a team, have enjoyed a fantastic run of twelve wins in a row with Volkswagen. That is something we can all be proud of. I am only looking ahead now. The Rally Australia gives us another opportunity to secure the Manufacturers’ title for Volkswagen and to extend our lead in the Drivers’ Championship. We will show our fighting spirit down under.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We had victory within our grasps. I feel incredibly bad at the way we crashed out, especially for the team. I could have given them this win, but unfortunately I made a mistake with grave consequences. The conditions were extremely difficult today – it alternated constantly between dry and wet sections. A long left-hander, in which the road seemed dry, proved to be more slippery than I thought. The car ended up sideways on the exit from the corner and we skidded into the vineyard. Because we could not get back up the hill, I tried to get back onto the road by heading downhill. Unfortunately we hit a solid barrier in doing so and had to give up. As far as the championship is concerned, the gap to Sébastien remains the same. All I can do is try again to catch him at the next rallies, and to help Volkswagen seal the Manufacturers’ title with races to spare in Australia.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“The conditions at the Rally Germany were extremely difficult. The weather called the shots on all three days and created really slippery conditions yesterday. It was even more difficult on Sunday, and all of the top drivers had at least one hairy moment on the opening stage of the day. Unfortunately one such moment brought my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala’s rally to a premature end. It is a shame, as the team had more than earned a home win and, as always, had gone all out for the win. I hope my third place is a little consolation. I am pleased with my first WRC podium on asphalt.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“We are obviously disappointed. We were so close to a home win, but a small mistake had big consequences. Unfortunately Jari-Matti Latvala was unable to convert his dominance into a victory. However, mistakes happen in rallying and they are part of the sport. We are only human, after all. However, after a record run of twelve successive wins, we need not feel too bad about one failure. It would appear that luck is not on our side in Germany. We win as a team and lose as a team. Today we lost out on a possible victory with Jari-Matti, but we gained a podium place with Andreas Mikkelsen. Congratulations to Thierry Neuville and Hyundai on their first win in the World Rally Championship!”

And then there was …

… a special congratulation. The Volkswagen mechanics congratulated Hyundai on its first victory in the WRC since it joined the championship at the 2014 Rally Monte Carlo by forming a guard of honour for the winning team at the Rally Germany – including confetti.

FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Germany – Final Results

1. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai 3h 07m 20.2s
2. Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (E/E), Hyundai + 40.7s
3. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 58.0s
4. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 1m 03.6s
5. Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 1m 10.5s
6. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 1m 22.7s
7. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 4m 52.8s
8. Dennis Kuipers/Robin Buysmans (NL/B), Ford + 9m 18.1s
9. Pontus Tidemand/Emil Axelsson (S/S), Ford + 11m 35.4s
10. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford + 11m 37.2s
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Germany – Power Stage Results

1. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford 11m 45.7s
2. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 0.9s
3. Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 2.0s

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship
1. Sébastien Ogier 187
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 143
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 110
4. Mads Østberg 74
5. Mikko Hirvonen 73
6. Thierry Neuville 73
7. Elfyn Evans 57
8. Kris Meeke 54
9. Martin Prokop 37
10. Henning Solberg 26
11. Juho Hänninen 20
12. Bryan Bouffier 18
13. Dani Sordo 18
14. Robert Kubica 12
15. Ott Tänak 11
16. Benito Guerra 8
17. Hayden Paddon 8
18. Chris Atkinson 6
19. Pontus Tidemand 6
20. Jaroslav Melichárek 4
21. Dennis Kuipers 4
22. Nasser Al-Attiyah 3
23. Lorenzo Bertelli 2
24. Matteo Gamba 2
25. Craig Breen 2
26. Yuriy Protasov 2
27. Jari Ketomaa 1
28. Karl Kruuda 1
29. Khalid Al-Qassimi 1
30. Julien Maurin 0

Manufacturers’ Championship
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 305
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 138
3. Hyundai Motorsport 131
4. M-Sport 128
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 109
Jipocar Czech National Team
7. RK M-Sport WRT 21
8. Hyundai Motorsport N 12








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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

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M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”












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