Volkswagen driver quotes after day three of the Rally Italy

Volkswagen driver quotes after day three of the Rally Italy

08.06.2014: FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2014 Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)  RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2014




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1


“I am overjoyed! This win was definitely one of the toughest of my career. Right from day one, Julien and I have pushed ourselves to the very limit here on Sardinia. In this heat, and with the extremely slippery conditions on the roads, we had to risk everything to put Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila under pressure.


 It ultimately paid off, and we won. We may lead the World Championship at the halfway point in the season, but that is no reason to relax: Jari-Matti is on top form at the moment. However, we also have an eye on the others. Mads Østberg was impressive, and congratulations to Andreas Mikkelsen for his win on the Power Stage!”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2

“I can’t really be too happy with third place. We led since Friday and were in with a good chance of winning here. Unfortunately Saturday’s skid and the resulting puncture dashed any hopes of victory. We also had a few other minor problems. We tried to catch Mads Østberg on Sunday, but his lead was too big.


However, we did pick up two bonus points on the Power Stage. As far as pace is concerned, we were very good here on Sardinia. There is no doubting that. This has obviously not made the situation in the championship any easier, but there are still seven rallies to go, and we must look ahead to those.”




Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“We were in an easy position at the start of today. There was a big gap to third place, and an even bigger gap to fifth place behind us. We spent the entire morning concentrating on saving the tyres as much as possible for the Power Stage. This paid dividends, although we did make a few minor mistakes.

Despite this, I managed to win my first Power Stage. Awesome! All in all, I am very happy with the Rally Italy. We achieved what we set out to achieve. I am happy to have Ola Fløene back at my side as co-driver. He immediately did a great job. That was my third fourth place in a row. I would like to go at least one better next time out. I am confident we can achieve that. The only way is up now for Ola and me.”




Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“Respect to the entire team, and congratulations to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. They not only repeated last year’s victory here in Italy, but also ensured that Volkswagen will lead all three competitions in the World Rally Championship at the halfway point of the season.


Behind this success lies a lot of hard work put in by the entire team on-site, in Wolfsburg and in Hannover. I would also like to pay a big compliment to Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. They led the rally for a long time and were involved in a spectacular duel with Sébastien Ogier.


Unfortunately a skid brought that battle to a premature end. However, I am sure there is more of that to come over the rest of the season. Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene produced an outstanding display and proved that they belong among the best in the world. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the Polo R WRC and our drivers remain the ones to beat.”



And then there was ..
.

... sleepless in Alghero. The late service times at the Rally Italy produced a unique atmosphere in the Service Park, which was located directly on the harbour in Alghero. Thousands of spectators, a party mile with street vendors, and yachts in the background – perfect for the Italian soul and an atmospheric backdrop for the World Rally Championship.



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

       
1.    Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen    4h 02m 37.8s
2.    Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën    + 1m 23.1s
3.    Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen    + 1m 32.8s
4.    Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen    + 2m 39.3s
5.    Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford     + 4m 41.8s
6.    Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford    + 6m 05.3s
7.    Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor (N/A), Ford    + 7m 15.8s
8.    Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak (PL/PL), Ford    + 12m 19.0s
9.    Lorenzo Bertelli/Mitia Dotta (I/I), Ford    + 15m 22.1s
10.    Khalid Al-Qassimi/Chris Patterson (UAE/GB), Citroën    + 16m 49.3s



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

       

1.    Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen    5m 39.7s
2.    Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen    + 1.0s
3.    Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen    + 2.5s



Stefan Moser, Andre Dietzel, photos copyright Willy Weyens

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