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Volkswagen -Quotes after day three of the Rally Italy - Sardinia

Volkswagen -Quotes after day three of the Rally Italy - Sardinia

12.06.2016: Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1 “Going into the rally, I knew that third place would




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1



“Going into the rally, I knew that third place would be the best possible result Julien and I could hope for without others slipping up. As such, I am very happy to be on the podium.


After the extremely long and tiring day yesterday, today was more of a relaxing cruise. Given the big gap to the front-runners and to those behind us, our priority was simply to get to the finish in one piece.


The Power Stage was like driving on the beach – it was that sandy. We have once again significantly increased our lead in the world championship. With that in mind, it has been an ideal weekend.


I would like to say a special thank you to my wife Andrea for waiting to give birth to our first child. I cannot wait to get home. The next few days will certainly be more exciting for me than any rally!”




Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2



“A successful weekend for us. As a team, we were able to stretch our lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.


We would obviously have liked to be stood on the top step of the podium, but, after my disappointing performance here in recent years, second place is a great success.


Plus, we closed the gap to the front-runners in the Drivers’ Championship. Congratulations to Thierry Neuville. He did a great job all weekend and deserved to win. We will push hard again in Poland!”




Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9

“That is certainly not how I imagined the Rally Italy ending. On Saturday, on the penultimate stage of the day, we hit a rock at almost full speed after a long right-hander.


Even with the best will in the world we could not avoid it. The big impact broke the suspension there and then. That was just unlucky, but is part and parcel of rallying.


Sunday offered us the opportunity to test a few set-up variants on the Polo R WRC for the coming rallies. We hope we will benefit from that in Poland.




We have always done well there in recent years – and that is obviously our goal again this year. We deliberately did not attack on the Power Stage, in order to start third instead of second at the next round.


 This will significantly increase our chance of winning. It is not nice for the spectators to see us ease up, but those are the rules we have to work with in order to achieve our goals come the end of the year.”
 


Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“Volkswagen significantly extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship and took an important step towards defending its titles. As such, we can be very happy with the Rally Italy.


Congratulations to Hyundai and Thierry Neuville, who produced a great performance and were better than us this time. Jari-Matti Latvala bounced back with second place – respect.


Sébastien Ogier got the absolute maximum from his starting position. As first onto the route on this extremely loose gravel on Sardinia, he simply had no chance to compete for the win with those starting later on.


Despite this, his performance was outstanding – even if the result does not quite reflect it. Andreas Mikkelsen was unlucky this time and, despite a good performance, was denied a possible podium finish.


I think this will make him even more of a force to be reckoned with at the coming rally in Poland.”




And then there was ...


... the selfie of the weekend. Volkswagen used its Twitter channel @volkswagenrally to ask fans to send in their selfies from the Rally Italy.


However, the prize for probably the most surprising and best photo went to Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala, who submitted a picture of themselves in front of the great crowd at an evening press conference.


Hyundai and Volkswagen drivers, winner and runner-up together in one photo after a fierce battle out on the route – typical World Rally Championship.




Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch,  photos Willy Weyens automobillsport.com

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12.06.2016 / MaP

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