Volkswagen Quotes after final day in Rally Finland

Volkswagen Quotes after final day in Rally Finland

02.08.2015: WRC Rallyes - Neste Oil Finland Rally Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 Sťbastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

WRC Rallyes - Neste Oil Finland Rally
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015





Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1

“It was an incredible duel. I think we put on a great show for the fans. Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka. They were really strong all weekend. I said before the rally that Jari-Matti would be the man to beat at his home rally.


As always Julien and I did our best, but, like last year, the two of them were just too good here in Finland. Despite this I am more than happy with second place, as we have extended our lead in the overall standings. Even without the fine second place, the Rally Finland was once again a fantastic experience.


 As a driver, you don’t feel any happier or any more adrenalin than on the super-fast stages through the Finnish forests.”



Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2


“I cannot express how happy I am! My motivation coming into this rally and my desire to win were immense. After all the ups and downs I’ve been through this season, this victory means a huge amount. I would like to thank the entire team for its great work.


They have always believed in me, even in times when things have not run so smoothly. As expected, today was a real rollercoaster and a perfect finale to the 2015 Rally Finland. Thank you very much to the fans for the support in the service park and along the route. I just want to enjoy the moment now!”



Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9


“We had set our sights very high for the Rally Finland. Above all, we wanted to defend second place in the World Championship – and to extend our advantage if possible. Unfortunately, however, today was not our day and we crashed out. My pace notes were a little too optimistic on the fifth stage.


I lifted in a long left-hander with a slight crest, which can be taken flat-out in perfect conditions. However, that did not prove to be enough. We ran out of road and rolled several times. Fortunately the Polo R WRC is a very solid car and nothing serious happened to us.


 We are obviously very disappointed that the damage was too great to be able to repair it on-site. We will now look ahead and turn our full attention to Volkswagen’s home round in Germany.”



Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“What a fantastic rally from Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. They were in a class of their own. Jari-Matti and Miikka are without any doubt the ‘Kings of Speed’, as nobody has ever been as fast as them on either asphalt or gravel.


Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have their first opportunity to wrap up the World Championship at the coming round in Germany. Anyone who knows them will also know that they do not like finishing second, and will be doing everything in their power to finish on top again in Germany.


Although Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene had to retire following their crash on Friday, we are still extremely happy. We remain undefeated in Finland – the fastest rally on the calendar.”



And then there was ...


... a meeting of Dakar winners. The Kamaz team – winners of the Truck class at the desert rally for the 15th time in 2015 – paid Volkswagen a visit at the Rally Finland, where they spent an evening with Motorsport Director Jost Capito, who was also successful in the Truck competition at the Dakar alongside his father in 1985.



Andre Dietzel, Ingo Roersch, photos Willy Weyens

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