Volkswagen motorsport director Jost Capito has admitted he is a bit "overwhelmed" after the team secured the Manufacturers' title on Rally Australia with its first 1-2-3.

Sebastien Ogier took the victory 'Down Under' with Jari-Matti Latvala second, just 6.8 seconds back, and VW Motorsport II pilot Andreas Mikkelsen third. It was Volkswagen's ninth victory of the year - from ten events - as well as its sixth 1-2.

"It's really overwhelming," said Capito. "I can't find the right words, but nobody is prouder than me - I just love these guys. I really love them. We are such a great team, with such great team spirit.

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"These guys are friends, you know they are sitting down for breakfast and then lunch and dinner together and then they go and fight each other very fairly. We don't have to give any team orders and I have never seen a team like that. I am so proud of them.

"I would like to dedicate this one-two-three and the Manufacturers' title to the over 500,000 Volkswagen employees globally who support us and help us to make it possible that we can be here and do not envy that we spend the money to be successful.

"We dedicate this one-two-three to them."

Speaking later he added: "Last year [in our debut season with the Polo R WRC] we surpassed all expectations, particularly our own. Even then, everyone in the team consistently pushed themselves to their limits to win the World Championship.

"It is always more difficult to successfully defend the World Championship title than it is to win it in the first place. What the team has achieved this season, and the extent to which it has improved, demands my utmost respect.

"A chain is only ever as strong as its weakest link, as they say. With us, every link is as strong as the next. It [just] doesn't get any better."