VW driver and management quotes after day three of the Rally France

VW driver and management quotes after day three of the Rally France

02.10.2016: FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC) RALLY FRANCE - TOUR DE CORSE Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
RALLY FRANCE - TOUR DE CORSE
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016




Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1



"What we really wanted this weekend was to get the win at our home rally. It is the first time that Julien and I have won a WRC event on Corsica and it feels fantastic. It's a real classic.


We had a strong start on Friday and were able to manage the lead on Saturday and Sunday. It went perfectly. I couldn't be happier. The chances of being able to celebrate the championship title here were only really theoretical, but now we have a real possibility of clinching it in Spain.



We are so close to getting our fourth star. It's fantastic and naturally we will turn all of our attention to that now. We want to take the momentum from Corsica with us. But we won't be driving tactically at all, we want to fight for the win there, too."




Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2



"Unfortunately we didn't manage to get any points from the Power Stage because I was a little bit too cautious in places.


Overall we aren't overly happy with our performance – but I only have myself to blame. In terms of set-up, we went in a direction that didn't work.



Now we are looking to the future, since we want to do much better at the Rally Spain and finish on the podium again there at least. Last year we were involved in a thrilling battle for second place with our team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, which we want to win this time."





Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9



"A strong rally, I'm very pleased with the result. And we're finally on the podium again, it feels like an eternity since the last one in Poland.


We picked up a lot of points, partly thanks to the second place on the Power Stage, and this means that we didn't lose too much ground on Thierry Neuville in the battle for second place in the championship – that was the aim.



Now I'm looking forward to the Rally Spain, of which I of course have fond memories. I got my first rally win in the World Rally Championship there last year."




Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director


“40 wins for the Polo R WRC – that is a fantastic record for our team, and we will travel to Spain for the Polo R WRC’s 50th rally full of confidence, The Rally France in Corsica is a big challenge in many regards – it is full of corners, and the weather is temperamental and very hard to predict.


This makes it all the better to be able to rely on a well-oiled team. I am proud of this achievement, as the Rally France was also my first as Motorsport Director.


 I could not have wished for a better ‘debut’. Congratulations to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia – they dominated the rally on day one, and then did a perfect job of converting their advantage into victory.”


 

And then there was ...




... the fifth special stage of the Rally France in Corsica. For the section with the most turns at the 2016 edition of the classic race, the pace notes of rally winners Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia documented 659 "real" turns alone, not counting slight changes of direction.



The entire Rally France in Corsica, which is also known as the “Rally of 10,000 Corners”, had around 4,800 turns over 390.92 kilometres in 2016. Its nickname has historical reasons.



The longest edition of the "Tour de Course" was held in 1982 with 1,176.10 kilometres of special stages. In those days, the rally in Corsica was the second-longest on the WRC calendar, after the Safari Rally.


The same is true in 2016: only the Rally Mexico had more classified kilometres - 8.79 more to be precise.





-Andre Dietzel - photo Willy Weyens automobilsport.com

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