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Powered by Volkswagen – Latvala/Anttila claim historic WRC victory in France


Read all about it! – First Finnish victory on asphalt for almost 15 years
Volkswagen one-two courtesy of Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Fløene
The excitement never ends: title race blown wide open again

5 October 2014

Finnish party in Alsace – Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won the Rally France and made history in the process. The Volkswagen duo is the first Finnish pairing for just short of 15 years to win an all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). With their fourth win of the season, the twelfth of their career and the fifth in a Polo R WRC, Latvala/Anttila kept the race for the title in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship well and truly alive. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) finished runner-up to complete the historic result and present Volkswagen with its seventh one-two of the season. Fans must remain patient to discover which Volkswagen duo will eventually secure the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ title in the World Championship: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) ended their home leg of the World Rally Championship in 13th place, but did win the Power Stage to pick up three valuable bonus points.

Victory for Latvala/Anttila was Volkswagen’s 20th in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC – from 24 outings. The manufacturer now has 38 podium finishes to its name since first lining up at the Rally Monte Carlo in January 2013.

“In finishing first and second, we have continued exactly where we left off with the superb result in Australia,” said Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development. “Our drivers all drove at the highest level. Jari-Matti Latvala is not only among the very best on snow and gravel, but is also extremely quick on asphalt. He is now a member of the exclusive club of rally drivers who have won on every surface. Our rising star Andreas Mikkelsen is a regular feature on the podium, and it is only a question of time until he picks up his first win. Sébastien Ogier showed his extra class with the outstanding Power Stage win. The World Championship remains exciting and our fans cannot wait to discover which Volkswagen driver will ultimately be crowned world champion.”

Mission accomplished – Latvala/Anttila claim maiden win on asphalt

14 years, eleven months and 23 days – that is how long has passed since Tommi Mäkinen became the last Finn, before today, to win an all-asphalt round of the World Rally Championship. That is exactly 5,471 days between the Mitsubishi driver’s success at the 1999 Rally San Remo and Jari-Matti Latvala’s win at the 2014 Rally France. The long-awaited first win of Latvala/Anttila’s career on this surface was confirmed at 12:47:33 on Sunday afternoon. And it came about in dominant fashion: Latvala/Anttila took the lead of the Rally France on the opening stage, and surrendered it only briefly for just one stage to team-mates Mikkelsen/Fløene. They won nine of the 18 special stages, finishing in the top three on six of the remaining nine stages. Their only compatriots ever to win on asphalt before today were Tommi Mäkinen and Markku Alén.

High speed: The Rally France is a real challenge on asphalt

With its fast but narrow asphalt roads through thick forests and small villages, the Rally France represents a genuine challenge for the teams. The consistently high speed made this the fastest asphalt rally in the history of the WRC. With an average speed of 115.07 km/h, the Rally France was the third fastest rally of 2014, after the Rally Finland (122.09 km/h) and the Rally Poland (118.5 km/h). Volkswagen won 17 of the 18 special stages with the Polo R WRC, the Volkswagen duos occupying a total of 42 top-three positions over the course of the rally.

High five – Podium joy for Mikkelsen/Fløene

Sweden, Poland, Germany, Australia, and now France – Andreas Mikkelsen celebrated his fifth podium of the season in Alsace, adding another highlight to what has been a dream year in the World Rally Championship. This was also the fourth podium of co-driver Ola Fløene’s career – and a valuable one at that. Second place in France sees Fløene, who only took his place at the side of Andreas Mikkelsen in the Polo R WRC at the fifth rally of the season, climb into third place overall in the Co-Drivers’ Championship. As such, the dream of finishing third overall is drawing ever closer for both Mikkelsen and Fløene: Andreas Mikkelsen is now 50 points clear of Mikko Hirvonen (M-Sport Ford). Should he still hold an advantage of at least 28 points after the coming Rally Spain (23-26 October), he will be out of reach in third place.

First a set-back, then a fightback – Ogier/Ingrassia take the Power Stage

A small sensor dashed any hopes of a home victory and securing the Drivers’ Championship with two rallies still to come: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia lost over eight minutes at the very start of the Rally France due to a faulty sensor and a time card error. Whilst others may have thrown in the towel, the World Championship leader and defending champions in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship fought back from 30th to finish 1th overall. More importantly, Ogier and Ingrassia won the closing Power Stage, on which bonus points were awarded to the fastest three cars. Their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila finished third on the Power Stage, for which they also picked up an extra point. In the 23 Power Stages since January 2013, the Volkswagen duos have scored extra points on 41 occasions.

Title race moves on to Spain – Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship still wide open

A 27-point lead – the Rally Spain, the 12th of this season’s 13 races, presents Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia with their second opportunity to successfully defend the World Championship title they won in 2013. Should they score one point more than Latvala/Anttila in Spain, the crown will be theirs.

Quotes after day three of the Rally France

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“We got as much as possible out of this weekend with victory on the Power Stage. All in all, the Rally France did not really go well for us, but Julien and I still lead the World Championship by 27 points. Congratulations to Jari-Matti on an impressive display. I would like to thank the French fans for their fantastic support. That meant an awful lot to me and Julien. Unfortunately, however, we have received bad news from Japan today: my friend Jules Bianchi has had a bad crash at the Formula One Grand Prix in Suzuka. I hope he makes a speedy recovery.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“A great and important win for us. For years I have worked hard to win my first asphalt rally. Unfortunately I missed out on the chance in Germany, but I have now shown that I learned from my mistake and went away and improved. With this win I would like to thank Volkswagen and the entire team for the magnificent support. Every rally driver dreams of winning on asphalt, gravel and snow, and I am overjoyed to have finally achieved this milestone. The World Championship is still wide open and all WRC fans can look forward to an exciting Rally Spain.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“An absolutely outstanding Rally France for us! We have improved greatly on asphalt since the Rally Germany. We feel more at home than ever on this surface in the Polo. We prepared perfectly during the tests and developed a really good set-up. Friday was superb, as was Saturday – but we were unable to match the pace of my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. After that we focussed on securing second place. It feels absolutely awesome to have achieved that on asphalt. Not bad for a Norwegian, hey?”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“Today is a very special day for Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. And also for the World Rally Championship. It is almost 15 years since a Finn won an all-asphalt rally. With this historic performance, they have kept the title race alive. It is a very comfortable situation to know that it can only be a Volkswagen driver who is eventually crowned world champion. However, we have even more reason to be proud today: Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene crowned an outstanding performance with second place today. Having been hugely unlucky on Friday, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the Power Stage to make the best of an unfortunate situation. They can still successfully defend their World Championship title without having to depend on others’ results. All in all, we are proud of the performance of the entire team, and of our seventh one-two of the season.”

And then there was …

… the motto of the day. “Build. Race. Party.” The Volkswagen team will bring these words to life on Sunday evening. The title win* in the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship will be celebrated in the Service Park. As well as journalists and officials, the Hyundai, Citroën and M-Sport Ford teams are obviously also invited. Having won the title in Australia, where it was not possible to hold a big party, this is Volkswagen’s way of catching up on the World Championship celebrations.

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

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

1. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen 2h 38m 19.1s
2. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen + 44.8s
3. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën + 1m 05.3s
4. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai + 1m 48.7s
5. Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Ford + 2m 00.7s
6. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 3m 00.8s
7. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën + 3m 02.5s
8. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai + 4m 08.4s
9. Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (F/F), Hyundai + 4m 12.9s
10. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford + 6m 07.5s

13. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen + 8m 36.1s
FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally France – Power Stage Results

1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 9m 20.8s
2. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford + 9.5s
3. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen + 12.9s
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers‘ Championship
1. Sébastien Ogier 217
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 190
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 143
4. Mikko Hirvonen 93
5. Thierry Neuville 83
6. Kris Meeke 82
7. Mads Østberg 80
8. Elfyn Evans 71
9. Martin Prokop 38
10. Dani Sordo 30
11. Henning Solberg 26
12. Juho Hänninen 20
13. Bryan Bouffier 20
14. Hayden Paddon 16
15. Robert Kubica 14
16. Ott Tänak 11
17. Benito Guerra 8
18. Chris Atkinson 7
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
Manufacturers‘ Championship
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 373
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 175
3. M-Sport 164
4. Hyundai Motorsport 157
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 127
Jipocar Czech National Team
7. RK M-Sport WRT 25
8. Hyundai Motorsport N 24
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),
Rally France – TV broadcast

Western Europe
Andorra (Canal +); Austria (, ORF, RTL, ServusTV, Sport 1); Belgium (Canal +, RTBF); Denmark (TV3 Sport, VIASAT); Finland (MTV3, YLE Sport); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21, TF1); Germany (Sport1, RTL, n-tv,, ServusTV); Greece (OTE); Ireland (Setanta); Italy (RAI, Canale Italia, Sportitalia); Liechtenstein (RTL, ServusTV, Sport 1); Luxembourg (Canal +, RTL, ServusTV, Sport 1); Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21, TF1); Netherlands (RTL 7); Norway (VIASAT, Viasat Sport); Portugal (Sport TV, RTP); Spain (Canal +); Sweden (SVT); Switzerland (Canal +, RTL, ServusTV, Sport 1); United Kingdom (ITV 4); Wales (S4C)

Eastern Europe
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (Auto Plus); Croatia (SPTV); Czech Republic, Slovakia (Czech TV, Sport 5); Poland (TV 4, TVP); Romania (Dolce Sport); Ukraine (First Automotive Channel, Auto Plus)

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

Asia Pacific
Malaysia (Astro); Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam (ESPN Star); Japan (J Sports); New Zealand (Sky Sports); Australia (Speed TV); Thailand (Truevision)

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

Worldwide (Reuters, SNTV)








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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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Los dos eximios fotógrafos se reunieron en Salou, para revivir su historia en el WRC, preparando todo para la cobertura de la 50 edición del Rally mixto catalán.



22 de Octubre 2014

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.
Salud campeonessss……











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