The final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) saw Volkswagen set the record for most number of wins in one season.
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia led the team home for their eight win of the season and in doing so gave the manufacturer its twelfth overall victory from thirteen rallies.
Ogier/Ingrassia built up a significant lead of over a minute after the first day of racing in Wales and managed to cleverly pace themselves through the rest of the weekend to secure victory.
Ogier was happy with the result, “That is obviously the best way to end a season: with a win. We were under no pressure, as the World Championship was no longer at stake, and just wanted to enjoy the Rally Great Britain”.
Adding, “We really had to go flat-out on Friday and had a close battle for the lead with my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. That allowed us to open up a big lead over the rest of our rivals. When Jari-Matti made a mistake on Saturday, it obviously completely changed the character of the rally for us. I just had to get the car to the finish line”.
As for the rest of the Volkswagen contingent; the team of Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila finished the Rally Great Britain back in eight position after losing more than three minutes due to a mistake early on Saturday.
Poor conditions in Wales took its toll on the other Volkswagen duo of Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Floene resulting in premature finish on Friday and Sunday.
It was a case of what might have been in the end for the Norwegian pair after a great performance on Saturday which included five stage victories and four second places in nine stages would prove to be in vein.
The last round of the year brought to an end what has been a magical, record-breaking season for Volkswagen – this year’s twelve wins from a possible thirteen beats the previous record of eleven set by Citroen.
Volkswagen has also equalled the record of eight one-two finishes in a season – first set by Peugeot in 2002 and managed to clinch the Manufactures’ Championship at the earliest point of the season for twenty-five years.