Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have claimed the drivers' and co-drivers' titles for the 2014 World Rally Championship, reportedly making them only the fourth pairing to successfully defend their titles since 1977 and the eighth to become double world champions.
Ogier and Ingrassia sealed the title by finishing the Rally Spain in first place, giving them their seventh victory in the past 12 races and extending their lead to 31 unassailable points over teammates and second-placers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila.
Also, Ogier and Ingrassia's victory in Spain gave Volkswagen its 11th victory so far this season, equaling Citroen's results in 2005 (11 out of 16 rallies) and 2008 (11 out of 15 rallies). With the Rally Great Britain still to be staged from November 14 to 16, this gives Volkswagen the highest winning percentage in WRC history, with its 11 out of a possible 13 victories giving it a rate of 84.61%.
"A worthy winner of a fantastic battle throughout the season," said Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito. "Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are deserving old and new World Rally Champions. That's thanks to the whole team, on site, in Hannover and in Wolfsburg. All in all a great day for Seb, Julien and Volkswagen."