Sebastien Ogier gave Volkswagen Motorsport its first win with the Polo R WRC on Rally Sweden on Sunday and then described the accomplishment as 'probably the greatest moment' of his career.
Ogier dominated the second round in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, leading from the first 'proper' stage, and eventually beating Citroen ace Sebastien Loeb by over 40 seconds, to become only the second non-Nordic driver to have won the event.
In total the 29-year-old won eleven of the 22 stages – including the event ending Power Stage – and he now moves to the top of the WRC drivers' championship, 3 points up on Loeb, who is only doing four rounds this season, and 22 points up on Mads Ostberg, who is third.
The result was also sweet, as it came in only the Polo R WRC's second
“It is an indescribable feeling!” said Ogier after taking the eighth win of his WRC career and his first since winning Rallye de France at the end of 2011. “We were screaming with joy in the car. It is simply incredible to claim the first victory for Volkswagen and the team at only our second rally. 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.
“We had to give 100 per cent, right down to the final day, because Sebastien Loeb was really going for it right through to the finish. I feared that he would make up more time this morning, particularly on the opening 'Mitandersfors' stage. However, that was not the case. Now I am just overjoyed.”
Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito meanwhile was also delighted, although it is worth noting that VW has won in the WRC before, taking victory on the Ivory Coast Rally in Africa back in 1987 with Kenneth Eriksson and the Golf GTI 16V.
“This is a big day for Volkswagen in motorsport. To win the second round of the World Championship under our own steam is a real milestone,” he added. “The Rally Sweden is one of a kind. The Polo R WRC worked perfectly in these conditions, and Sébastien Ogier took full advantage. He was in a class of his own here.
“Within the team, all the cogs fit into place perfectly. Today I am just very, very proud of the guys.”