Volkswagen ready for Rally Australia after superb start

Volkswagen ready for Rally Australia after superb start

10.09.2015: FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) RALLY AUSTRALIA -1, 2, 3 … Fastest times in Shakedown for Ogier, Mikkelsen

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) RALLY AUSTRALIA




-    1, 2, 3 … Fastest times in Shakedown for Ogier, Mikkelsen and Latvala

-    Impressive start in Coffs Harbour, on Australia’s east coast

-    Media marathon Down Under ahead of round ten of the World Rally Championship



Perfect start to the Rally Australia for Volkswagen: before the real action gets underway on Friday, with the first 125.12 of 311.36 kilometres against the clock, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) enjoyed the ideal preparation for the very specific conditions they will face Down Under.


The Shakedown – the equivalent of “free practice” in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – saw the Volkswagen trio clock the three fastest times in extremely dusty conditions on the 4.98-kilometre stage. Thursday afternoon’s ceremonial start, in front of thousands of fans in the centre of Coffs Harbour, marked the official opening of the tenth rally of the season.


Ahead of the Rally Australia, Sébastien Ogier, Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala had endured a real media marathon: Ogier gave many interviews in Sydney, appeared on two TV programmes and watched a Sydney Swans match in the Australian Football League (AFL).




Mikkelsen was given a lesson in how to ride the waves by Australian surf star Courtney Hancock, while Latvala visited Volkswagen Singapore and the “Polo Rally Weekend” in Kuala Lumpur.


Volkswagen could wrap up all three titles in the 2015 World Rally Championship at the Rally Australia. To do so, Ogier/Ingrassia must maintain the lead they currently hold over their team-mates – the same goes for Volkswagen and their rivals Hyundai, Citroën and M-Sport-Ford.


With a host of theoretical outcomes that would result in a successful title defence, there is one simple formula: victory for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia Down Under would seal the titles in the Driver, Co-Driver and Manufacturer competitions.



Quotes after the Shakedown at the Rally Australia




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1


“The Rally Australia is always one of the highlights of the season for me. I spent a bit of time in Sydney on the weekend before the rally. It is a great city, and the people there were very friendly and relaxed, as they are in general in Australia. Also, the countryside and wildlife are completely different for us Europeans.


After all, this is the only place we have kangaroos and koalas watching us – hopefully they will stay in the green safe zones! The stages here on the Gold Coast are beautiful again this year. The 50-kilometre ‘Nambucca’ stage will be particularly challenging.


 I had a worrying moment in the Shakedown, when the Polo almost ended up on its roof. I was too close to the inside of a tight right-corner and suddenly found myself on two wheels, like a stunt driver. Fortunately I was able to open the steering and recover the situation.


Generally speaking I am in good form and hope to wrap up the World Championship title with a good result here in Australia.”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2


“We used today’s Shakedown to do a bit of testing for the special conditions we will face here in Australia, as we did not have the opportunity to do this before the rally. This meant we were able to try out a few things with the set-up over the course of the five runs. I was happy with the time I set in the end.


There is quite a thick layer of dust on the road, which certainly does not make life any easier – particularly for the first cars out on the route. All in all, I am happy with the morning’s work. It is always nice to be in Australia, and I am looking forward to finally getting going after this afternoon’s ceremonial start, and to the first special stages tomorrow.”



Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“I am really looking forward to the Rally Australia. I have always liked it and, of the four rallies remaining this season, this probably represents my best chance of claiming my first ever win. I have enough experience this year, and Friday’s stages are new to everyone – and that usually suits me.


It took a matter of seconds to switch back to gravel mode – the feeling for the Polo was there from the word go in these conditions, and I immediately felt right at home. As one of the first cars onto the route, the task facing us this weekend is far from easy – although it should be a little easier than for my team-mates.


The route will become faster and faster with every World Rally Car that passes, so we face a real challenge as the first three cars onto the stages. However, it is a challenge we are happy to take on.”





Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“The Rally Australia is always a bit special. The special stages cannot be compared to any others in the World Rally Championship. The entire circus has to make a long journey, but it is an extremely positive culture shock when you get here. The people are always very friendly and relaxed here.


No question about it: we like the Rally Australia. However, the 2015 event could earn a special place in our hearts, as we could successfully defend the title in all three competitions – if we do a good job. I can tell you now: everyone in the team is as determined as ever and excited about the opportunity to achieve our goal here.”



- Andre Dietzel, photos Volkswagen

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/volkswagen-ready-australia-rally-superb-start---140842.html

10.09.2015 / MaP

More News

Shakedown in Coates Hire Australia Rally
10.09.2015
WRC Rallyes - Coates Hire Rally AustraliaThursday, September 10th 2015Sébastien Ogier tipped his Volkswagen Polo R high onto two wheels at the opening corner of his first pass more >>
Michelin Vorschau: Rallye Australien 2015
09.09.2015
Rallye Australien, 10. Lauf zur Rallye-Weltmeisterschaft 2015 •    Vollspeed auf Schotter: Sébastien Ogier und Michelin Partner Volkswagen greifen Down Under nach dem Titel•    MI more >>
Third world title beckons for Ogier in Australia
09.09.2015
Sébastien Ogier can secure his third consecutive world championship at Coates Hire Rally Australia (10 - 13 September) and join an exclusive club of drivers with three or more titles.Only Sébastien Loeb (nine), Juha Kan more >>
Mads Ostberg replaced by Stephane Lefèbvrein Australia
09.09.2015
The Norwegian was injured on Tuesday afternoon after an accident on the Valla stage which also left his co-driver Jonas Andersson with bruising.After a medical check-up, Østberg was cleared to continue his recce more >>
Pirelli set for Australia WRC challenge with new KHA and KSA tyres
08.09.2015
Six drivers will benefit from Pirelli’s championship-winning tyre technology when the WRC heads to Australia this weekend (September 10-13).After the asphalt of Rallye Deutsch more >>
Rally Australia Itinerary and broadcasting
05.09.2015
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC),Rally Australia – ItineraryThursday, 10 September 2015    Shakedown (Hydes Creek), 330 min.    04.98        08:00 more >>
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 it is an overseas rally, there is a little less hustle and bustle than at Volkswagen&rsq more >>
Volkswagen on brink of successful World Championship title defence in Australia
05.09.2015
  FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)RALLY AUSTRALIA-   After the home success: Volkswagen with first opportunity to wrap up three WRC titles-    “Wild by nature”: unique more >>
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Australia WRC Rally preview
05.09.2015
COATES HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA (10-13/09/2015) – PREVIEW•    The World Rally Championship changes surface at the next round: sandwiched between two tarmac events, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team lands on the more >>
M-Sport World Rally Team Australian Rally preview
03.09.2015
M-Sport World Rally Team’s Elfyn Evans and Ott Tänak are awaiting another opportunity to showcase their speed and progression as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) returns to Rally Australia next week.The new Ecoboost-po more >>
‘Max’ points for Rendina in Australian Rally
15.09.2014
Ralliart Italy-run Italian pairing Max Rendina and Mario Pizzuti were thrilled to pick up the maximum 25 points in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X in the FIA WRC 2 Championship Group N Cup at Rally Australia this weekend for the fi more >>
Robert Kubica enjoys Australian gravel
14.09.2014
RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica overcame yesterday’s misfortune to finish his first experience of Rally Australia in a strong ninth place overall. Driving well, the Pole is finding the art of gravel rallying more enjoyable with each new kilometre. more >>
Solid points ignite M-Sport's Championship campaign
14.09.2014
M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans delivered a solid performance at Rally Australia to strengthen the team’s position in the FIA World Rally Championship standings.As the route ventured north for two more >>
Kris Meeke scores heavily with style to spare
14.09.2014
COATES HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA (11-14/09/2014) – FINISH   WRC AUSTRALIA 2014    Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle showed real determination today to hunt down fourth place at Rally Australia for the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World more >>
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team takes top six result on Rally Australia debut
14.09.2014
•    The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has finished its first ever Rally Australia with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars in the top ten including one in the top six, accumulating valuable experience•    more >>
VW quotes after day three of the Rally Australia
14.09.2014
WRC Rallyes - COATES HILL AUSTRALIA RALLY 2014 Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1“Absolutely fantastic. I am made up for our team! They really deserve this success so much. It is hard to put more >>
Volkswagen is World Rally Champion* again, courtesy of one-two-three in Australia
14.09.2014
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)  RALLY AUSTRALIA-   Successful title defence in the Manufacturers’ Championship-    Earliest championship win in the WRC for 25 years-   S&e more >>
Retirements in Coates Hill Australia Rally 2014
14.09.2014
WRC Rallyes - COATES HILL AUSTRALIA Rally 201431     SAU  Y. AL RAJHIFord Fiesta RRC     WRC2     RC2     SF16  &n more >>
Final classification in Australia, 1-2-3 for Volkswagen
14.09.2014
WRC Rallyes - COATES HILL AUSTRALIA Rally 20141.     1     FRA  S. OGIER     M     RC1     2:53:18.0         2:53:18.0  &n more >>
Citroen's Kris Meeke stays on the pace in Australia
13.09.2014
WRC AUSTRALIA 2014» COATES HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA (11-14/09/2014) – DAY 2    After fighting for a podium spot throughout the second leg, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle were handed a penalty this evening, which meant they droppe more >>
Volkswagen continues to dominate in Australia Rally
13.09.2014
Ogier leads Latvala and Mikkelsen –-   Internal duel for the lead at the Rally Australia: Champ Ogier leads Latvala-    Game of chance: Tyre selection crucial in tricky conditions-    Mikkelsen defends third pla more >>
Sebastien Ogier wins inaugural Armor All Shootout
13.09.2014
Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier has won the inaugural Armor All Shootout at the Coates Hire Rally Australia - Round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship.The current rally leader powered his Polo R WRC to t more >>
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team continues its learning on second day of Rally Australia
13.09.2014
•    The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has two cars in the top eight at the end of penultimate day of Rally Australia•    Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) is in a close battle for sixth place with more >>
Solid result in sight for M-Sport in Australia
13.09.2014
M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans faced a challenging second day of competition at Rally Australia, but both Ford Fiesta RS WRC drivers remain on course for a solid result in fourth and ninth places respectively. more >>
Robert Kubica on course for points in Australia
13.09.2014
RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica is on course for a points finish on his first encounter with the challenging tracks of the FIA World Rally Championship’s only Australasian fixture – the Coates Hire Rally Australia.As the more >>
Overall standings in Australia after stage 14, day2
13.09.2014
WRC Rallyes 2014COATES HIRE Australia Rally 2014  day 21.     1     FRA  S. OGIER     M     2:03:55.3         2.    more >>
Kris Meeke among the leaders in Australian Rally
12.09.2014
» COATES HIRE RALLY AUSTRALIA (11-14/09/2014) – DAY 1- After narrowly missing out on his first WRC win in Germany, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle found themselves once again at the front throughout the majority of day one at Rally Australia. more >>
Volkswagen driver quotes after day one of the Rally Australia
12.09.2014
Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1“I am obviously very happy with the start here in Australia. I did not expect a result like this. Julien and I did a great job, and the Polo R WRC is also running perfectly. O more >>
Volkswagen trio leads Down Under, despite adverse starting positions
12.09.2014
   Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen top standings in Australia after mighty effort    Thrilling five-way race for the lead between three manufacturers    Six of eight stage wins go to the Polo R WRC more >>
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team gets off to a steady start in Rally Australia
12.09.2014
•    The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has completed the first day of Rally Australia with all three Hyundai i20 WRC cars still running•    Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) finished Friday in the more >>
Robert Kubica tames another new challenge
12.09.2014
RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica tamed the forests of New South Wales today and currently holds eighth position going into Rally Australia’s penultimate day.As the crews embarked on the first full day of competition more >>
M-Sport's Mikko Hirvonen battles at the top in Australia
12.09.2014
M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen is battling for the top positions at Rally Australia with just 7.9 seconds separating the leading five drivers going into tomorrow’s penultimate day.Tackling eight stages in the vici more >>
Le Rallye d'Australie sur Motor TV
12.09.2014
La 10e manche du Championnat du Monde des rallyes se déroule en Australie et elle s'annonce décisive dans la bataille pour le titre qui oppose les deux pilotes Volkswagen Sébastien Ogier et Jari-Matti Latvala. more >>
WRC Rallyes : Stages remaining to run in Australia Rally
12.09.2014
WRC Rallyes -  COATES HIRE AUSTRALIA Rally 2014Day 2 - 13.09.2014SS9     Nambucca I     48.92     08:18     TO RUNSS10     Valla I (Live TV Stage)     7.92     10:06     TO RUNSS11     N more >>
Overall standings in Australia after stage 8
12.09.2014
WRC Rallyes -  COATES HIRE AUSTRALIA Rally 2014Day 2 - 13.09.2014Kris Meeke moved his Citroen DS3 to the front after two consecutive stage wins. He held off an attacking La more >>
Coates Hire Ambassador, WRC star Chris Atkinson helps Coffs Harbour Health Campus
11.09.2014
Coates Hire and The Humpty Dumpty Foundation continue to enhance the lives of children in Coffs Harbour, with a donation to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus Pediatric & Adolescent Unit of a much-needed Vital Signs Monitor worth over $3,750.Photo caption more >>
Kris Meeke fastest time at this morning’s Shakedownfor Coates Hire Rally Australia
11.09.2014
The Citroen DS3 driver was quickest by 0.4sec from his team-mate Mads Ostberg. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville was third, another 0.4sec further back.The test took place on a 4.98km section of the Hydes Creek special stag more >>
Bertelli to resume WRC2 title bid with Pirelli in Australia
10.09.2014
Pirelli-supported Lorenzo Bertelli will resume his pursuit of the coveted WRC2 title when the championship heads Down Under this week for Rally Australia (September 11-14).The rising Italian star, who compet more >>
Australia awaits Robert Kubica
08.09.2014
RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica ventures to another new challenge at the Coates Hire Rally Australia this week, intent on continuing his progression at the FIA World Rally Championship’s highest league.Rally Australia marks the final new more >>

Kategorien

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

2001-2019 automobilsport.com full copyright