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Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (F/F), along with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC race team celebrate on the podium at the Rally Australia

Volkswagen driver Sébastien Ogier wins Australia WRC

Rally Australia was a near perfect performance for VW at the FIA World Rally Championship
September 17, 2013

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia won 19 Special Stages, bagged the maximum number of points and came within reach of the World Championship title. The two Frenchmen put in the performance of their lives and celebrated their sixth win this season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

However, a sporting drama unfolded in the very last minute of round ten Down Under. Two of the duo’s competitors had punctures in the last 15 kilometres of the Power Stage, which prevented Ogier/Ingrassia from claiming the title – although the Volkswagen pair didn’t put a foot wrong. In the end, they were just one point short of securing the crown. Ogier/Ingrassia will go into the next round in France 83 points ahead of their closest rival, Thierry Neuville (Ford).
Dominant Down Under – Ogier/Ingrassia were an unstoppable team
22 Special Stages, 19 best times and second place twice – Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia put in their best performance of the season so far in Australia, giving them this season’s most overwhelming victory. Even more impressively, Ogier/Ingrassia were just 1.8 seconds shy of the ideal combination of all best times. The teams faced wide-ranging conditions in Australia: the first day was hallmarked by technical, narrow, winding sections, day two’s Stages passed through more open countryside, and the third day of rallying was all about extremely fast sections through the rainforest.

The Rally Australia couldn’t have gone much better for Volkswagen in terms of the WRC Manufacturers’ Championship either – thanks to Ogier’s win and fourth place for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), who racked up important points in the second Polo R WRC. Despite a disappointing qualifying session, the Finnish pair fought their way up the overall standings bit by bit as the rally progressed. As a result, Volkswagen extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship by 22 points to 48. Latvala/Anttila won one of the Special Stages and finished in the top three a further ten times.

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