VW claims sec­ond WRC crown

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Volk­swa­gen claims 1-2-3 sweep in Oz with Ogier

claim­ing his 15th win for the team

AFTER THE dis­ap­point­ment in Ger­many, where Hyundai took their maiden WRC win, the Volk­swa­gen World Rally Team has sealed the Man­u­fac­tur­ers' Cham­pi­onship of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship (WRC) with a one-two-three at Rally Aus­tralia. With three ral­lies re­main­ing on the cal­en­dar, this is the fastest cham­pi­onship win in 25 years. Volk­swa­gen is also the tenth car maker to have mo­nop­o­lised the top three of a world class event since the cham­pi­onship's cre­ation way back in 1973.

Win­ners in Aus­tralia, Sébastien Ogier and team-mate Jari-Matti Lat­vala, who fin­ished run­ner-up down un­der, de­fended the ti­tle in record time. An­dreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene fin­ished third in the fi­nal Polo R WRC to round off a per­fect team re­sult.

The top three VW Po­los were fol­lowed by Kris Meeke in his Citroën DS3, and Mikko Hir­vo­nen in his Ford Fo­cus RS, who made the fight for fourth place quite in­ter­est­ing dur­ing the first few days of the rally.

The driv­ers' cham­pi­onship, which is still in the bal­ance, will also come to a Volk­swa­gen driver. Ogier and Lat­vala will bat­tle it out at the re­main­ing three ral­lies to strive and claim the World Cham­pion crown at the end of the sea­son.

World Cham­pion after just three quarters of the sea­son – only once in the his­tory of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship (WRC) has a man­u­fac­turer, Lan­cia, wrapped up the Man­u­fac­tur­ers' Cham­pi­onship sooner than Volk­swa­gen did this sea­son.

With nine of ten pos­si­ble vic­to­ries to its name – six of them with one-two fin­ishes – Volk­swa­gen has al­ready de­fended its ti­tle. Ogier and Lat­vala also spear­headed the team that took the Man­u­fac­tur­ers' ti­tle to Wolfs­burg in 2013 – with the big­gest win­ning mar­gin in the his­tory of the WRC (145 points).

Volk­swa­gen goes into the re­main­ing three ral­lies of the sea­son – in France, Spain and Great Bri­tain – with an unas­sail­able lead of 194 points. The next round of the WRC will be held in France from Oc­to­ber 3-5. Looks like VW is set­ting records ev­ery­where.

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