It was a one-two-three on home soil as Volkswagen dominated the Rally Germany from the word go, and went on to secure victory for the first time. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia are the first duo to win the rally in a German car in the WRC era. The Wolfsburg-based manufacturer completed the podium with Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila in second and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene in third. All three Volkswagen duos were in a league of their own at their home rally.
Having claimed victory number 30 of their career, Ogier/Ingrassia now have a realistic chance of wrapping up their third Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’championships in a row with rallies still to come. Latvala/Anttila and Mikkelsen/Fløene produced outstanding performances to join the Volkswagen party on the podium.
Latvala/Anttila pushed Ogier/Ingrassia extremely hard and were always in touch with their fellow Volkswagen duo until the iconic “Panzerplatte” on the Baumholder military training ground made all the difference. Here, Ogier/Ingrassia left everyone in their wake – even their team-mates.
Sébastien Ogier, said “I am absolutely delighted with this win! The fact that Julien and I are finally able to present our fantastic team with the long-awaited home win makes both of us extremely proud. Everyone in the team does so much to ensure that we drivers and co-drivers can challenge for victories. This win at the Rally Germany is our way of saying thank you – and it goes without saying that this success would not have been possible without that Volkswagen team spirit.”
Jari-Matti Latvala, echoed Ogier’s thoughts “It is a great day for Volkswagen and the entire team! A one-two-three is obviously the right way to bounce back from the results of the past two years. Everyone coped well with the pressure and worked hard to make this success possible. They all deserve a huge compliment from my side.”
FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Germany – Final Results:
01. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen
02. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila(FIN/FIN),Volkswagen
03. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), Volkswagen
04. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E), Hyundai
05. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Hyundai
06. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt (GB/GB), Ford
07. Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Citroën
08. Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST), Ford
09. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Hyundai
10. Stéphane Lefebvre/Stéphane Prévot (F/B), Citroën