Volkswagen driver quotes after day three of the Rally Australia

Volkswagen driver quotes after day three of the Rally Australia

13.09.2015: FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) RALLY AUSTRALIA Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) RALLY AUSTRALIA




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1


“It is a fantastic feeling to be world champion again! I am overjoyed. The first World Championship title will obviously always be rather special, but the emotions are always overwhelming every time.


It was an incredibly intense battle here in Australia. Because the gap to Kris and Jari-Matti was so small all weekend, I had no time at all to even think about the title. Even this morning I only had one approach: flat-out. I am now just really happy that Julien and I have won our third title with a victory.


 It will probably take a while for what we have achieved together with our fantastic team over the past three years to really sink in. The fact that we also won the Manufacturers’ title with the Volkswagen team is obviously the icing on the cake.”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2


“Winning all three titles here make this a fantastic day for the Volkswagen team. I am really happy to have done my bit towards this great success. I tried everything again today and kept on pushing right to the final stage, even with a cracked windscreen.


Unfortunately we came up just short and I will have to settle for second place today. On the other hand, I have extended my advantage over third place in the overall standings. Congratulations to my team-mate Sébastien Ogier. He deservedly won the rally and is also a deserved world champion.”



Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“I am totally happy with our performance and had a really good rally. We did our very best right from the word go – in the end we had to ‘settle’ for fourth place. Based on the actual driving alone, we could even have finished third, as we more than made up the 8.8 seconds we trailed Kris Meeke by coming into the final 70 kilometres or so.


However, we were handed a ten-second penalty for checking in too late ahead of the midday service on Sunday. That was too much for us to make up, although we had a really good attempt. It is a shame that we ultimately missed out on our seventh podium of the season by just 5.9 seconds – but we have strengthened our grip on third place in the World Championship.


Looking back, I am generally happy with the Rally Australia and am looking forward to the remaining rallies in France, Spain and Great Britain.”



Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director

“What a fantastic rally. What a dream result. And what a great achievement to have wrapped up all three titles so early in the season. The Volkswagen team excelled itself today. Our drivers and co-drivers had to pull out all the stops in order to finish on the podium here in Australia.


Like the team behind them, they did a flawless job. You cannot be more proud of the entire team than I am today. It is always more difficult to defend a title than it is to win it for the first time. Defending it for a second time is an even greater challenge.


The fact that our mechanics, engineers, drivers, co-drivers, physios and doctors, chefs and organisers have once again achieved superlative results and secured the WRC titles earlier in the season than ever before shows just what an extraordinary team we have. Everyone, without exception, is extremely motivated, and nobody ever takes success for granted. However, we certainly know how to celebrate – as we will prove today.”





And then there was ...


... a generous, friendly, affectionate, sporting, and definitely overwhelming gesture. To celebrate winning the World Championship titles, Volkswagen had prepared large congratulatory banners for success in the Manufacturers’, Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ competitions.


However, they did not reckon on winning all three titles in one go. As such, there was scarcely enough space to hang up all of the banners. Malcolm Wilson and his M-Sport-Ford team generously offered to help out by allowing Volkswagen to use the freight container positioned opposite the Volkswagen service area.


As such, the 40-foot container was not adorned in Ford colours for the final service at the Rally Australia, but in the colours of the French flag to celebrate Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia’s victories in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championships. Merci!



And then there was also ...

... an early departure for the newly-crowned world champions. Immediately after the press conference at the Rally Australia, Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia and Motorsport Director Jost Capito set off on a long journey to Frankfurt am Main.


Once there, they will attend the Volkswagen Group Meeting, which takes place ahead of the International Motor Show (IAA). Fresh from successfully defending their World Championship titles, the trio will be among the star guests at the event, where the Polo R WRC will also make an appearance.


They left Coffs Harbour for Sydney at 18:00, from where they will fly to Frankfurt via Dubai, arriving just in time for the dress rehearsal and gala. However, nothing will stand in the way of the three world champions celebrating their achievements appropriately. The long-distance plane has its own cocktail bar...



And, last but not least, there was also ...


... a light-hearted wink. When the Volkswagen team took to the podium to celebrate its Manufacturers’ title, it did so not only adorned in blue World Champion t-shirts, but also, rather appropriately, sporting white Smurf hats.


The eye-catching attire was also a reference to the colourful Volkswagen team apparel provided by partner Salomon, which has earned great plaudits from all sides since the start of the year.


* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.





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


       
1.    Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen    2h 59m 16.4s
2.    Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen    + 12.3s
3.    Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL), Citroën    + 32.6s
4.    Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen    + 38.5s
5.    Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai    + 55.1s
6.    Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford    + 1m 38.0s
7.    Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai    + 2m 08.3s
8.    Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai    + 2m 15.2s
9.    Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford    + 4m 33.7s
10.    Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (Q/F), Ford    + 11m 46.5s



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

       

1.    Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen    5m 11.2s

2.    Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen    + 1.1s

3.    Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen    + 1.9s



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



1.    Sébastien Ogier    235
2.    Jari-Matti Latvala    134
3.    Andreas Mikkelsen    111
4.    Mads Østberg    90
5.    Thierry Neuville    86
6.    Kris Meeke    71
7.    Elfyn Evans    63
8.    Ott Tänak    62
9.    Hayden Paddon    56
10.    Dani Sordo    56



Manufacturers' Championship        points


1.    Volkswagen Motorsport    343
2.    Hyundai Motorsport    177
3.    Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT    164
4.    M-Sport    148
5.    Volkswagen Motorsport II    76
6.    Hyundai Motorsport N    49
7.    Jipocar Czech National Team    43
8.    FWRT    9



Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch, photos Willy Weyens

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