VW driver quotes ahead of the Rally Australia - statistics

VW driver quotes ahead of the Rally Australia - statistics

05.09.2015: Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1 “I love the Rally Australia. It is a very special event. As

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

“I love the Rally Australia. It is a very special event. As it is an overseas rally, there is a little less hustle and bustle than at Volkswagen’s home race in Germany, for example. It is a bit more intimate, and I like that. Furthermore, the special stages in Australia are very nice to drive.

Always have a lot of fun in the car. Last year it was a great duel between Jari-Matti Latvala and me, and we were ultimately separated by just 6.8 seconds. I expect more thrilling battles with my team-mates again this year. We head Down Under on the back of a perfect team result.

The Rally Germany was absolutely fantastic and definitely one of the highlights of the season. We obviously want to follow that with the next highlight. The main goal for the season is obviously to defend our titles. We have another match point in Australia.

As well as the Manufacturers’ Championship with Volkswagen, we can also wrap up the titles in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ championships with races still to come. We will do our best to achieve this – ideally with a perfect team result.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2

“The Rally Australia is unique. The forests, the harbour, and the whole atmosphere. It is more reminiscent of a vacation – but it obviously won’t be a holiday for the team and me. Sure, we will acclimatise a bit in Coffs Harbour and the surrounding area ahead of the rally.

However, when we get down to the serious business we have to be, and will be, wide-awake and fully focussed. I like the fast, flowing special stages in Australia – particularly the combination of wide and narrow roads through the forest and on open ground. It is a bit like the Rally Finland and, as is well-known, that really suits me.

On other sections, you are flat-out close to large trees. I really like that too. But you have to be careful: the surface is different to in the European forests. The car must have the perfect set-up. In Australia, you need a car set-up somewhere between the Rally Mexico and the Rally Finland.

We have good reference values, which we will use. I am very confident about Australia. Last year it was very tight between Sébastien Ogier and me, and my goal for this year is to be up there challenging for the win again.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9

“After the successful Rally Germany, we are back on gravel with the Polo – and I am really looking forward to it. The Rally Australia is one of my favourite rallies. I like the special stages and the different challenges. For example, there are a lot of blind corners in the forests.

They demand a lot of feel for the car on the one hand, and a big portion of courage on the other. It is far from easy, and even a small mistake can ruin your entire rally. Last year, Australia produced the first one-two-three for Volkswagen. That was a fantastic team result and showed just how competitive we are Down Under.

I was very happy with third place. Ola and I set some very good times, so I am definitely confident. I have a good chance of winning my first WRC Rally in Australia. That remains a goal, which I would like to achieve sooner rather than later. So, bring it on!”

News from the Volkswagen team

+++ A new head mechanic for Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene: Yari Mitschinelli takes over this job as of the Rally Australia for the pair currently third in the World Championship. Mitschinelli has been working as a mechanic for the duo for the past three years in the WRC.

Artur Wronski, who was the Norwegians’ previous head mechanic and won the Rally Dakar with Volkswagen, will take over the management of the test team in the future. +++

+++ There will be a one-off change of head mechanics for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila at the Rally Australia. Latvala and Anttila’s Polo R WRC will be serviced by Artur Wronski and their regular mechanics for the one race Down Under.

Jose Azevedo, who has been a loyal servant of Latvala/Anttila for many years, is unable to make it Australia for a very good reason. He has had to remain in Portugal for the christening of his nephew, to whom he is also godfather. +++

The number for the Rally Australia: 76.9 per cent

Volkswagen travels to Australia with fond memories. Last year the team secured the Manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Coffs Harbour, with races still to come. They could achieve the same feat in 2015 – and, in doing so, equal last year’s record.

Back then, Volkswagen was crowned champion manufacturer after 10 of 13 rallies – the earliest the title had been decided in WRC history. The round Down Under is once again the tenth of 13 races in 2015.

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Overall Standings
Drivers’ Championship         points

1.    Sébastien Ogier    207
2.    Jari-Matti Latvala    114
3.    Andreas Mikkelsen    98
4.    Mads Østberg    90
5.    Thierry Neuville    80
6.    Elfyn Evans    61
7.    Kris Meeke    56
8.    Ott Tänak    54
9.    Dani Sordo    52
10.    Hayden Paddon    46
11.    Martin Prokop    33
12.    Khalid Al Qassimi    9
13.    Juho Hänninen    8
14.    Yuriy Protasov    8
15.    Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari    6
16.    Nasser Al-Attiyah    6
17.    Robert Kubica    6
18.    Sébastien Loeb    6
19.    Diego Dominguez    4
20.    Paolo Andreucci    4
21.    Esapekka Lappi    4
22.    Pontus Tidemand    2
23.    Jan Kopecký    2
24.    Nicolas Fuchs    2
25.    Gustavo Saba    2
26.    Jari Ketomaa    1
27.    Stéphane Lefebvre    1
28.    Lorenzo Bertelli    1

Co-Drivers’ Championship    points

1.    Julien Ingrassia    207
2.    Miikka Anttila    114
3.    Ola Fløene    98
4.    Jonas Andersson    90
5.    Nicolas Gilsoul    80
6.    Daniel Barritt    61
7.    Paul Nagle    56
8.    Raigo Mõlder    54
9.    Marc Marti    52
10.    John Kennard    46
11.    Jan Tománek    33
12.    Chris Patterson    9
13.    Tomi Tuominen    8
14.    Pavlo Cherepin    8
15.    Marshall Clarke    6
16.    Matthieu Baumel    6       
17.    Maciek Szczepaniak    6
18.    Daniel Elena    6
19.    Janne Ferm    4
20.    Edgardo Galindo    4
21.    Anna Andreussi    4
22.    Emil Axelsson    2
23.    Pavel Dresler    2
24.    Fernando Musano    2
25.    Diego Cagnotti    2
26.    Kaj Lindström    1
27.    Stéphane Prevot    1
28.    Lorenzo Granai    1

Manufacturers’ Championship        points

1.    Volkswagen Motorsport    300
2.    Hyundai Motorsport    161
3.    Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT    148
4.    M-Sport World Rally Team    138
5.    Volkswagen Motorsport II    64
6.    Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team    45
7.    Jipocar Czech National Team    43
8.    F.W.R.T.    9

Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch-   photo Volkswagen

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