VW claims WRC manufacturers\' title in only its debut season

Enters history books
Oct 31, 2013

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Just three weeks after its drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claimed the World Rally Championship\'s drivers\' and co-drivers\' titles at the Rallye France, Volkswagen has now captured the manufacturers\' trophy at the recently concluded Rally Spain.

Volkswagen seized the title after achieving a one-two victory in the race, with the tandem of Ogier and Ingrassia finishing first followed by teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila.

Volkswagen\'s achievements are unparalleled in the WRC as no other manufacturer has managed to win the championship and claim both drivers\' and manufacturers\' titles in just its first year since the series began--not a bad achievement for a team that, at the start of the season, supposedly only aimed for podium finishes in its maiden year, round wins in its second year, and championship titles in its third year.

The German carmaker added that even in Formula 1\'s long history, no manufacturer has yet taken the title \"in its opening season through their own efforts.\"

\"Winning all three World Rally Championship titles in one season is simply unbelievable,\" said Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito. \"Given that this is the first season we have competed in the championship with the Polo R WRC, it is an even greater achievement. Winning the drivers\' and co-drivers\' championship was an absolute highlight for the whole team. But the manufacturers\' championship is even more important for a carmaker because it proves that it\'s not just the driver who\'s exceptional--the product is, too.\"

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Looks like now would be a good time for Volkswagen Philippines to bring in the Polo and capitalize on its victorious run in the WRC.

 

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