VW Polo R takes first WRC win

11 February, 2013 | by Lance Branquinho

Despite the Mercedes team and its issues in F1 (not winning) Germans cars are rather good at motorsport.

Audi at Le Mans. Porsche everywhere. If it’s German it will in all likelihood win. Often. Not surprising, then, to see VW, in only its second rally since returning to WRC, winning the Rally Sweden.

The rather striking Polo R WRC car was piloted to victory by Sébastien Ogier, the talented Frenchman who many see as that other Sébastien’s natural successor. Ogier’s win in Sweden marks the first time a VW team car has won a WRC event and is notable for seeing a non-Scandinavian winning the snowiest of all events on the WRC calendar.

“The win here was amazing but also a big surprise,” Ogier said after the event. “This is probably the greatest moment of my career. The Polo R WRC was perfect the entire time. The guys did a fantastic job of preparing the car. So much can happen in Sweden. The conditions in the snow are so difficult. Winning here, as only the second central European and ahead of the best rally driver of all time, makes me enormously proud.”

Ogier bested his bitter rival, Loeb, whom he now leads in the WRC driver’s standings too. VW, after its considerable investment in a WRC programme was questioned by some, should be more than thrilled with this result.

Driver’s championship after Rally Sweden

1. Sébastien Ogier

2. Sébastien Loeb

3. Mads Ostberg

4. Dani Sordo

5. Jari-Matti Latvala

6. Mikko Hirvonen



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