VW driver  quotes after day two of the Rally Italy

VW driver quotes after day two of the Rally Italy

11.06.2016: FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)RALLY ITALY Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)RALLY ITALY




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1


“We are right on course in third place. Going into the weekend I said that a podium finish would be the ideal result for Julien and me here on Sardinia.


We would obviously have liked to treat our fans to a direct duel with Andreas (Mikkelsen) and Mads (Østberg) on the final day. On the other hand, however, we could – if everything goes to plan – significantly extend our lead in the world championship.


The stages were very demanding again. I am glad that we made it through without any major problems. Only in the afternoon did I not have an optimal feeling in the car – the rear was very twitchy and seemed to dance about.


We must look into exactly what might have caused that. All in all, however, it was a good day.”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2


“Today was a day of ups and downs. In the morning we cut Thierry Neuville’s lead to three seconds, but I dropped twelve seconds again in the afternoon. We lost too much time, particularly on stage 13.


All in all, however, we have to be happy. In these conditions, you have to drive carefully, otherwise a mistake can soon bring your day to a premature end.


Thierry risked more than us, and did a great job. We still have a few stages to drive, and we have certainly not given up yet.”



Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“That was just unlucky. Shortly before the end of stage 14, we came round a right bend flat-out. Right in the middle of the racing line was a massive stone, which, even with the best will in the world, we simply could not avoid.


As such we had to drive over it at top speed – and that destroyed the front-right suspension. We could do nothing about it. To go out in that way is obviously disappointing, and certainly not what we had imagined.


We can still score points on the Power Stage tomorrow. I will be trying to take something away from the rally. Otherwise, we will turn our attention to the next rally in Poland, where we have always done well in the past.”



Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“A typical day at the Rally Italy on Sardinia. Dust, heat and brutal conditions really put the drivers, co-drivers and cars through their paces. You needed a good tyre strategy and to pace the race well today.


Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala did that perfectly, but Andreas Mikkelsen was really unlucky. He hit a stone on the racing line on the penultimate stage of the day and was forced to retire with a damaged suspension.


Up until that point he was well-placed and had made up time on his direct rivals in the world championship out on the route. Second and third are good starting positions for our team for tomorrow’s final sprint.


I am sure that Jari-Matti will once again go all out for the win tomorrow. It remains exciting.”



And then there was ...


... a stubborn screw thread. This prevented Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger from arriving on time at the time-check after the midday service.


When reading the data recording, the Volkswagen engineers had detected a faulty sensor, which monitors the fuel pressure. They set about replacing the sensor at the end of the 30-minute midday service.


However, when removing the sensor, the screw thread was not straight and the procedure took a few seconds too long – long enough to earn Mikkelsen and Jæger a ten-second penalty.




Provisional result after day two of the Rally Italy



01. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai, 3h 07m 35.2s

02. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen, + 16.1s

03. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen, + 1m 15.0s

04. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai, + 2m 19.2s

05. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford, + 4m 50.6s

06. Henning Solberg/Ilka Minor (N/A), Ford, + 5m 32.4s

07. Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F), Ford, + 5m 38.5s

08. Karl Kruuda/Martin Jarveoja (EST/EST), Ford, + 11m 35.3s

09. Martin Prokop/Jan Tománek (CZ/CZ), Ford, + 12m 33.1s

10. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ), Škoda, + 13m 31.6s



Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch,  photos Willy Weyens

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