WRC Spain: Volkswagen conquers manufacturers’ title

Volkswagen has won the manufacturers’ title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with an outstanding one-two victory at the Rally Spain. That means all the WRC titles for 2013 will go to the car maker from Wolfsburg. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ crown three weeks ago at the Rally France. The French duo went on to score an impressive win – their eighth this season – ahead of their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) at the “Rally de España”. As a result, Volkswagen has an unassailable lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship with one round still to go this season. Winning three titles in its debut year with the Polo R WRC is Volkswagen’s greatest motorsport achievement to date.

Volkswagen’s achievements in the 2013 WRC season are unparalleled. The German team clinched all of the titles in the top category of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in its debut year – the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship and the manufacturers’ trophy. No other manufacturer has managed to win a World Championship in its first year since the World Rally Championship began. Even in the history of Formula 1, no car maker has yet taken the title in its opening season through their own efforts. Volkswagen’s performance has exceeded all expectations. Originally, it was considered to have set itself ambitious goals by aiming for podium finishes in year one, round wins in the second year and championship titles in its third year.

Volkswagen conquers manufacturers

The Rally Spain was the only round in this season’s WRC series to cover both asphalt and gravel. The Volkswagen Polo R WRC proved to be a great all-rounder in these unique conditions: 13 of 15 best stage times and 26 of 45 possible top-three times went to the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg. The all-wheel-drive triumphed seven times on the nine asphalt stages and on all six gravel sections. Since the Polo R WRC first lined up in the WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo, it has racked up 132 of the 215 possible best stage times – that’s 61.4 per cent. Sébastien Ogier has put in 101 best stage times single-handedly so far this year.

Posted below final results and other statistics of FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Spain:


FIA Rally World Championship (WRC),
Rally Spain, final results

1.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), Volkswagen

3h 33m 21.2s

2.

Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), Volkswagen

+ 32.9s

3.

Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN/FIN), Citroën

+ 1m 13.7s

4.

Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B), Ford

+ 1m 33.9s

5.

Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor (RUS/A), Ford

+ 2m 01.0s

6.

Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson (N/S), Ford

+ 2m 26.0s

7.

Martin Prokop/Michal Ernst (CZ/CZ), Ford

+ 4m 55.8s

8.

Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ), Ford

+ 6m 55.7s

9.

Robert Kubica/Maciej Baran (PL/PL), Citroën

+ 11m 14.1s

10.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari/Killian Duffy (QA/IRL), Ford

+ 13m 26.8s



FIA World Rally Championship(WRC), points standings
Drivers’ classification

points

1.

Sébastien Ogier

265

2.

Thierry Neuville

158

3.

Jari-Matti Latvala

144

4.

Mikko Hirvonen

126

5.

Daniel Sordo

117

6.

Mads Østberg

89

7.

Sébastien Loeb

68

8.

Evgeny Novikov

67

9.

Martin Prokop

55

10.

Andreas Mikkelsen

40

11.

Nasser Al-Attiyah

30

12.

Robert Kubica

18

13.

Elfyn Evans

16

14.

Bryan Bouffier

10

15.

Juho Hänninen

8

16.

Chris Atkinson

8

17.

Hayden Paddon

8

18.

Michał Kosciuszko

7

19.

Ken Block

6

20.

Jari Ketomaa

6

21.

Khalid Al Qassimi

5

22.

Sepp Wiegand

4

23.

Henning Solberg

4

24.

Benito Guerra

4

25.

PG Andersson

4

26.

Nathan Quinn

4

27.

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari

2

28.

Oliver Burri

1

29.

Yazeed Al Rajhi

1

30.

Esapekka Lappi

1

31.

Romain Dumas

1

Manufacturers’ classification

points

1.

Volkswagen Motorsport

382

2.

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT

274

3.

Qatar M-Sport WRT

174

4.

Qatar WRT

169

5.

Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT

63

6.

Jipocar Czech National Team

57

7.

Volkswagen Motorsport II

40

8.

Lotos WRC Team

20

 

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