VW on verge of con­sec­u­tive wins record

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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.

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