The VW Motorsport mission to complete its fourth hat-trick in four years has become a reality after winning Rally Great Britain to seal the World Rally Championship's manufacturers' title.
Following on from Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia's Drivers' and Co-Drivers' world title successes the race before, the team attained an unassailable lead over its nearest rivals in the constructors’ standins after Ogier and Ingrassia won in Wales.
In the annually muddy conditions in the Welsh mountains, Frenchmen Ogier and Ingrassia were in imperious form and won their sixth event of the year, ahead of Ford's Estonian pair of Ott Tänak and Raigo Mölder.
This win sealed the title for VW Motorsport, who now join Citroën as the only constructors to win all three titles for four years in a row.
The Polo WRC has also become one of the most successful cars in WRC history. Following its competition debut in 2013, the souped-up hatchback has won 42 out of 51 entries over the last four years, making it the most successful car in WRC history and puts it fourth all-time in terms of wins.Following on from the superb win, Ogier said:
This victory is fantastic. I am so delighted that we have wrapped up the Manufacturers' title for our fantastic team. Looking back, we have all been on an incredible journey over the past four years. To have such a run of success is definitely something very special - particularly in motorsport, where so many different factors come into play. I am very happy that I opted for Volkswagen before anyone knew where this WRC adventure would take us."
Sven Smeets, VW Motorsport director, added to Ogier sentiments and said:
A performance worthy of world champions from Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, and a fantastic day for Volkswagen. To win all three titles in the World Rally Championship for the fourth time in a row is anything but a matter of course. It takes a lot of work from the entire team to be so successful. I am extremely proud of the whole team. Drivers, co-drivers, engineers, mechanics, logisticians, the medical department and catering team, meteo and weather crew, and team management - everyone has played an important role. The dedication they show Volkswagen, and their team spirit, cannot be beaten."
As its last season in the sport, it was important to leave on a high, and VW Motorsport has certainly done that after an impressive win in Wales. We travel to Australia for the final rally of the season to see if we can complete a truly magnificent year.