Volkswagen driver quotes ahead of the Rally Italy

Volkswagen driver quotes ahead of the Rally Italy

06.06.2015: WRC Rallyes - Rally Italy 2015 Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

WRC Rallyes - Rally Italy 2015

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

“As far as I am concerned, the Rally Italy is one of the best rallies on the WRC calendar. I have always improved with every outing there in the past, and have won for the last two years. The special stages are enjoyable, the countryside is beautiful, the atmosphere is superb – it is an all-round great rally.

This year there will be a number of new special stages and we are faced with a total distance of over 1,500 kilometres – the longest rally of the season so far. As such, the demands placed on your physical fitness and stamina are greater than usual – particularly given the high temperatures in the car.

My goal is obviously to win again this year, but the opposition will not make it easy. The tension is no less than usual – but neither is my fighting spirit. I will fight right to the end and am already looking forward to a dip in the harbour with my colleagues after the rally, should we win.

After such a hot weekend, that is definitely the best way to cool down. However, you have to earn it first.“

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2

“I have a score to settle with the Rally Italy. In both of the past two years, a puncture has prevented me from possibly going on to win – I finished third on both occasions. I would obviously like to win this time. My starting position should work in our favour: I start what is probably the longest rally of the year from fifth.

The days are incredibly long and the 400 kilometres of special stage take us along narrow roads right next to picturesque cliffs. However, I love to drive in Sardinia. What many people don’t realise is that this rally is actually easier to drive than it looks, as far as the layout is concerned.

This means we are really able to put our foot down. Victory at the Rally Portugal was unimaginably important for me. It took an awful lot of pressure off my shoulders. After three rallies without scoring any points, you start to doubt yourself a bit.

I would like to say a big thank you to my mental coach, Christoph Treier. He told me: ‘Trust yourself. Trust your speed’. I did that – and will do it again at the Rally Italy.“

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9

“I have finished third four times so far this season. I would like to follow on from these performances at the Rally Italy and definitely want to finish in the top five – preferably even higher. The Rally Portugal went superbly for me and I immediately fell in love with my new Polo R WRC.

The new transmission means the car virtually drives itself – this car is made for me. I am in good form and the team is doing a first-class job. For this reason, I am optimistic of getting a good result. Ola and I have been back together in the car for exactly a year.

We have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, which I find it hard to describe. We have blind faith in each other – plus, Ola has really helped me to develop.”

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings

Drivers’ Championship      points

1.    Sébastien Ogier    105
2.    Andreas Mikkelsen    63
3.    Mads Østberg    57
4.    Kris Meeke    47
5.    Jari-Matti Latvala    46
6.    Elfyn Evans    41
7.    Dani Sordo    38
8.    Thierry Neuville    35
9.    Martin Prokop    27
10.    Ott Tänak    23
11.    Hayden Paddon    14
12.    Khalid Al Qassimi    8
13.    Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari    6
14.    Nasser Al-Attiyah    6
15.    Sébastien Loeb    6
16.    Diego Dominguez    4
17.    Yuriy Protasov    2
18.    Nicolas Fuchs    2
19.    Robert Kubica    2
20.    Gustavo Saba    2
21.    Jari Ketomaa    1

Co-Drivers’ Championship  points

1.    Julien Ingrassia    105
2.    Ola Fløene    63
3.    Jonas Andersson    57
4.    Paul Nagle    47
5.    Miikka Anttila    46
6.    Daniel Barritt    41
7.    Marc Martí    38
8.    Nicolas Gilsoul    35
9.    Jan Tománek    27
10.    Raigo Mõlder    23
11.    John Kennard    14
12.    Chris Patterson    8
13.    Marshall Clarke    6
14.    Matthieu Baumel    6
15.    Daniel Elena    6
16.    Edgardo Galindo    4       
17.    Pavlo Cherepin    2
18.    Maciek Szczepaniak    2
19.    Fernando Musano    2
20.    Diego Cagnotti    2
21.    Kaj Lindström    1

Manufacturers’ Championship         Punkte

1.    Volkswagen Motorsport    146
2.    Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT    103
3.    Hyundai Shell World Rally Team    94
4.    M-Sport World Rally Team    81
5.    Jipocar Czech National Team    34
6.    Volkswagen Motorsport II    30
7.    Hyundai Motorsport N     13
8.    FWRT    3

-André Dietzel, Ingo Roersch - photos WIlly Weyens


06.06.2015 / MaP

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