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Worth its weight in gold – Volkswagen extends its lead in the WRC with a double podium in Italy.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 -WRC Italy Sardegna (ITA) -  WRC 09/06/2016 to 12/06/2016 - PHOTO :  @World

Latvala/Anttila second, Ogier/Ingrassia third at the Rally Italy on Sardinia
Volkswagen significantly extends lead in all WRC competitions
Rally Italy a real challenge for man and machine, with heat, dust and brutal routes


12 June, 2016

Wolfsburg (12 June 2016). Successful weekend for Volkswagen at the Rally Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) finished second and third to claim a double podium for Volkswagen. This represents a huge move in the race for the titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): Volkswagen significantly extended its lead in both the Driver/Co-Drivers’ Championship and the Manufacturers’ Championship with the Polo R WRC. Victory went to Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai), who were involved in a thrilling battle for the lead with Latvala/Anttila.

Ogier/Ingrassia who, as world championship leaders were forced by the regulations to open the route and were consequently unable to avoid losing too much time on the opening two days, played no role in the race for the “gold medal” on the Smaragd coast. However, they were rewarded for an impressive, battling performance with another podium result and will feel they got the maximum out of the rally. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) in the third Polo R WRC suffered a set-back: they hit a stone on the racing line whilst flat-out on Friday, and were subsequently forced to retire with a broken suspension and abandon any hope of picking up valuable points.

64 points for Ogier/Ingrassia, 70 for Volkswagen – the lead in the WRC grows significantly

As far as the battle to defend the titles in the Driver, Co-Driver and Manufacturer Championships is concerned, Volkswagen took a big step forward at the Rally Italy. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia stretched their lead to 64 points, while Volkswagen increased its lead over closest rival Hyundai from 49 to 70 points. A maximum 28 points per rally are up for grabs in the Driver/Co-Driver’s Championship, while a maximum 43 can be scored in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Heat, dust and brutal routes – man and machine put through their paces

The Rally Italy on Sardinia is traditionally one of the gravel rallies on the WRC calendar that are particularly tough on man and machine. The 2016 rally was to be no exception: temperatures around 30 degrees and a whole lot of dust made life difficult for the drivers and co-drivers. Brutal routes, deep ruts, and boulders torn out of the road surface itself pose an extreme test for the World Rally Cars.

45 rallies, 78 podiums, including 37 wins – Polo remains the most successful rally car

37 victories and only eight winless rallies – despite three rallies in a row without a win, the Polo R WRC remains by far the most successful car in the history of the World Rally Championship. The win rate of 82.22 per cent is unrivalled. Volkswagen duos have made it onto the podium with the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg on 78 occasions since the 2013 Rally Monte Carlo, including at the last 15 rallies in a row. At least one of the driver/co-driver pairings has featured on the podium at 43 of the 45 rallies.

A Herculean task: Ogier/Ingrassia open almost 90 per cent of the route

A struggle to master the loose gravel for 282 of 325 kilometres: as world championship leaders, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were once again burdened with the task of opening the route for two full days at the Rally Italy. This regulation made it impossible for the three-time world champions to challenge for the win without others slipping up, despite being in the most successful car in WRC history. Ogier/Ingrassia swept the roads clear for those behind them for exactly 87.04 per cent of the total distance. The disadvantage suffered on the first two days equated to one tenth of a second per kilometre and per car on the route.

Latvala/Anttila finish runner-up to close the gap and re-join the race for the title in the World Rally Championship

The World Rally Championship is set for an exciting battle for second place in the Driver/Co-Drivers’ championship over the next few rallies – and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are right in the mix. Second place at the Rally Italy saw them close the gap to their rivals. Five duos are within twelve points of each other in positions two to six in the overall standings.

Misfortune denies Mikkelsen/Jæger a podium – rock on the racing line prevents top result

A stone in the middle of the racing line on the “Coiluna-Loelle” stage dashed any hopes of a valuable haul of points for Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger. Virtually flat-out in sixth gear, the Norwegian duo was unable to avoid the rock that appeared after a right bend, and hit the obstacle with the Polo R WRC. The front-right suspension broke immediately, after which there was no chance of continuing. Mikkelsen/Jæger were running fifth overall at the time, just behind their direct rivals in the world championship Mads Østberg/Ola Fløene (N/N, M-Sport-Ford) and Ogier/Ingrassia.

Same old story on the Power Stage – Volkswagen picks up four bonus points

Success number 30 on the Power Stage: Sébastien Ogier remains the “Master of Faster” on the final special stage of a rally, on which bonus points are up for grabs for the three fastest duos. And that despite the three-time world champion sliding a little wide in a hairpin. The 70th Power Stage in the history of the World Rally Championship saw Volkswagen set the fastest time for the 36th time. The manufacturer has now scored extra points 81 times. Volkswagen has now amassed 175 points on the Power Stage alone.

Quotes after day three of the Rally Italy

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1
“Going into the rally, I knew that third place would be the best possible result Julien and I could hope for without others slipping up. As such, I am very happy to be on the podium. After the extremely long and tiring day yesterday, today was more of a relaxing cruise. Given the big gap to the front-runners and to those behind us, our priority was simply to get to the finish in one piece. The Power Stage was like driving on the beach – it was that sandy. We have once again significantly increased our lead in the world championship. With that in mind, it has been an ideal weekend. I would like to say a special thank you to my wife Andrea for waiting to give birth to our first child. I cannot wait to get home. The next few days will certainly be more exciting for me than any rally!”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“A successful weekend for us. As a team, we were able to stretch our lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship. We would obviously have liked to be stood on the top step of the podium, but, after my disappointing performance here in recent years, second place is a great success. Plus, we closed the gap to the front-runners in the Drivers’ Championship. Congratulations to Thierry Neuville. He did a great job all weekend and deserved to win. We will push hard again in Poland!”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9
“That is certainly not how I imagined the Rally Italy ending. On Saturday, on the penultimate stage of the day, we hit a rock at almost full speed after a long right-hander. Even with the best will in the world we could not avoid it. The big impact broke the suspension there and then. That was just unlucky, but is part and parcel of rallying. Sunday offered us the opportunity to test a few set-up variants on the Polo R WRC for the coming rallies. We hope we will benefit from that in Poland. We have always done well there in recent years – and that is obviously our goal again this year. We deliberately did not attack on the Power Stage, in order to start third instead of second at the next round. This will significantly increase our chance of winning. It is not nice for the spectators to see us ease up, but those are the rules we have to work with in order to achieve our goals come the end of the year.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“Volkswagen significantly extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship and took an important step towards defending its titles. As such, we can be very happy with the Rally Italy. Congratulations to Hyundai and Thierry Neuville, who produced a great performance and were better than us this time. Jari-Matti Latvala bounced back with second place – respect. Sébastien Ogier got the absolute maximum from his starting position. As first onto the route on this extremely loose gravel on Sardinia, he simply had no chance to compete for the win with those starting later on. Despite this, his performance was outstanding – even if the result does not quite reflect it. Andreas Mikkelsen was unlucky this time and, despite a good performance, was denied a possible podium finish. I think this will make him even more of a force to be reckoned with at the coming rally in Poland.”

And then there was …

… the selfie of the weekend. Volkswagen used its Twitter channel @volkswagenrally to ask fans to send in their selfies from the Rally Italy. However, the prize for probably the most surprising and best photo went to Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala, who submitted a picture of themselves in front of the great crowd at an evening press conference. Hyundai and Volkswagen drivers, winner and runner-up together in one photo after a fierce battle out on the route – typical World Rally Championship.

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Italy – Final Results*

01. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, 3h 35m 25.8s
02. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen, + 24.8s
03. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, + 1m 37.8s
04. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 54.0s
05. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford, + 5m 26.4s
06. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 5m 59.8s
07. Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor (N/A), Ford, + 6m 22.2s
08. Teemu Suninen/Mikko Markkula (FIN/FIN), Škoda, + 8m 57.4s
09. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), Škoda, + 9m 47.0s
10. Karl Kruuda/Martin Jarveoja (EST/EST), Ford, + 13m 28.5s

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

01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen 4m 50.1s
02. Kevin Abbring/Sebastian Marshall (NL/GB), Hyundai +0.6s
03. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen +1.1s

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings*

Drivers’ Championship
1. Sébastien Ogier, 132 points; 2. Dani Sordo, 68; 3. Andreas Mikkelsen, 67; 4. Mads Østberg, 58; 5. Hayden Paddon, 57; 6. Jari-Matti Latvala, 56; 7. Thierry Neuville, 48; 8. Ott Tänak, 34; 9. Kris Meeke, 26; 10. Eric Camilli, 22

Co-drivers’ Championship
1. Julien Ingrassia, 132 points; 2. Marc Martí, 68; 3. Anders Jæger, 67; 4. Ola Fløene, 58; 5. John Kennard, 57; 6. Miikka Anttila, 56; 7. Nicolas Gilsoul, 48; 8. Raigo Mõlder, 34; 9. Paul Nagle, 26; 10. Benjamin Veillas, 22

Manufacturers’ Championship
1. Volkswagen Motorsport, 178 points; 2. Hyundai Motorsport, 108; 3. M-Sport, 90; 4. Hyundai Motorsport N, 78; 5. Volkswagen Motorsport II, 74; 6. DMACK, 40; 7. Jipocar Czech National Team, 18; 8. Yazeed Racing, 5

* Provisional.












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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

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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Rally de Córcega Día 1

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 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


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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