Tri­umph at Rally Monte Carlo

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Volk­swa­gen opened the new sea­son of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship with a dream re­sult.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien In­gras­sia pro­duced an ir­re­sistible fight­back and an out­stand­ing driv­ing dis­play to se­cure vic­tory on the first week­end of the 2014 sea­son.

The suc­cess at Monte is their 17th vic­tory in the WRC, and their 10th with Volk­swa­gen.

The win was the duo’s sec­ond at the rally clas­sic, hav­ing pre­vi­ously won in 2009 when the event in the Mediter­ranean prin­ci­pal­ity did not form part of the world cham­pi­onship.

Sec­ond place went to Ford driver Bryan Bouffier, who won in 2011, with Citroën’s Kris Meeke tak­ing third.

The com­peti­tors at the no­to­ri­ous Monte faced ex­tremely dif­fi­cult weather and road con­di­tions with rain in the val­leys and snow at al­ti­tude.

Volk­swa­gen ended the clas­sic with all three Polo R WRCs in the points. Jari-Matti Lat­vala/Mi­ikka Ant­tila and An­dreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula picked up valu­able points in fifth and sev­enth place re­spec­tively.

The sud­den on­set of win­ter in the French Mar­itime Alps with heavy rain in the val­leys and the shock ar­rival of snow made driv­ing a real chal­lenge.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien In­gras­sia and their team-mates lost a lot of time in these con­di­tions. The World Cham­pi­ons found them­selves back in ninth place. They showed their un­doubted class from the fifth stage on­wards, how­ever, fin­ish­ing con­sis­tently in the top-three from then on in and win­ning seven spe­cial stages. By the mid­way point of the Monte they had moved into the lead and never looked back.

Weather con­di­tions were so ex­treme that the 14th spe­cial stage of the Rally Monte Carlo had to be can­celled. So much snow fell on the no­to­ri­ous Col de Turini be­tween the first and sec­ond loop on Satur­day that the sec­ond run had to be neu­tralised, with some World Rally Cars stuck in the snow.

For more info on Volk­swa­gen ve­hi­cles call into Dar­ryl Twitt Volk­swa­gen, Be­nalla road Shepparton. Or call the show­room on 5822 5844.

Af­ter fac­ing ex­treme con­di­tions Volk­swa­gen ended the clas­sic with all three Polo R WRCs in the points, first, fifth and sev­enth

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