19 October 2014
WRC: VW chases record-equalling victory in Spain
Victory on either of the remaining rounds of WRC 2014 would give Volkswagen a share of one of Citroen's most enduring records.... winning both would leave it standing alone.
Just one more win. That's all Volkswagen needs to reach another WRC milestone, as victory in either next weekend's Rally de Espana or the season-ending Wales Rally GB will see the German marque equal Citroen's existing seasonal wins record.
Volkswagen has been breaking and equalling records ever since the Polo R WRC made its first appearance at the 2013 Rally Monte Carlo - the longest winning run in the history of the World Rally Championship, set in both 2013 and 2014; the most wins in a row in one season, set this season, and the largest margin of victory by any brand in the manufacturers' championship, established in 2013, are all marks already conquered, but the team from Wolfsburg now has the opportunity to add another footnote to its success story.
Should one of the three official VW entries win either of the season's remaining rallies, the manufacturer would equal WRC rival Citroën's record for the most victories in one season, set at eleven in both 2005, when the WRC was held in 16 countries, and 2008, when the calendar consisted of 15 rounds. VW's two leading crews remain locked in battle for the individual title, which should only spur the marque on to greater heights.
“I have never felt such a huge desire to win among our drivers and co-drivers since we first entered the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC,” Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito claimed, “Any one of them can make history if they are successful.
“Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia could wrap up their second world championship title in a row – preferably with a win. In contrast, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are looking to keep the title race alive – again, preferably with a win. With five top-three finishes to their name, Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Fløene have already far exceeded their goal of bringing three podiums to Wolfsburg this season. However, they too have their sights set on bringing their fabulous season to a perfect end – preferably with a win. As a team, you cannot wish for greater motivation ahead of the Rally Spain. We are looking forward to a real showdown.”
Rally Spain also marks a first big anniversary for the Polo R WRC, which makes its 25th appearance in the WRC. Its record is already something of a fairy tale, as the four-wheel drive pocket powerhouse currently has 20 wins and 38 podiums to its name, winning exactly 70 per cent of the special stages it has competed on, or 313 of a possible 446.
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