VW on verge of consecutive wins record
A maiden South American victory for Sebastien Ogier – or success for either of his teammates Jari-matti Latvala or Andreas Mikkelsen – would be enough for the German team to set a new record for a winning World Rally Championship run.
When Kris Meeke won last year’s Rally Argentina, he ruined VW’S hopes of the perfect season. The German team will have to wait to achieve a 100 per cent record in a calendar year, but success this week would mean 13 wins on the bounce – something no team has ever done in the WRC.
Volkswagen team principal Jost Capito said: “There is no question about it, when you have achieved a run like this – to go once around the world without a single defeat – and have the opportunity to put the icing on the cake, you are particularly motivated.
“However, we are going about this task in an extremely calm and meticulous manner, as we do at every round of the world championship.”
Volkswagen already achieved 12 back-to-back wins from Rally Australia in 2013 to Rally Finland in 2014, but this is the first time since then they’ve had the chance to break their own record. Prior to Volkswagen’s arrival in the WRC, Citroen’s run of eight rallies was the longest winning run completed in 2011.