Having missed out on home soil in Germany last time out, Volkswagen will attempt to convert a second 'match point' in search of the 2014 WRC manufacturers' title in Australia this weekend.

With team-mates S?bastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala ensuring that the drivers' crown is destined for Wolfsburg, the squad is keen to wrap up its own championship in order to allow the pair to battle between themselves for the remainder of the season.

In keeping with the motto 'may the best man win', there will be no team orders at Volkswagen when it takes on one of the most challenging and unique rallies of the year but, even though Ogier and Latvala only need to pick up five points between them to achieve the manufacturers' title - if Citroen achieves a 1-2 result - the team knows how easily success can turn to disaster after seeing Hyundai sneak through to claim victory in Germany. If the German marque manages to defend 129 of its current 169-point advantage, however, it will have successfully defended its 2013 crown after just three-quarters of the season - the earliest that a title has been decided in 25 years.

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"The Rally Australia is one of the highlights of the year and, with the current situation in the world championship, it has the potential to be particularly exciting in 2014," motorsport director Jost Capito commented.

"We have a good chance of being able to celebrate winning the manufacturers' title early. Last year we won 21 of 22 special stages and started the longest winning streak in the history of the WRC. We're proud of this. However, it won't be easy to be successful once again.

"The Rally Australia has many different challenges and has lots of tricky passages on which it is easy to make mistakes. At our home rally recently, we saw just how quickly a rally can be over, but it's the big challenges that make for victories that are all the sweeter. We would like to experience the sweet side again this time."