Ogier gives Volkswagen its first home victory!
The world no. 1 gave Volkswagen its first victory on home turf and the German manufacturer scored a triple in front of its home crowd. The Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT helped Mads Østberg to a seventh-place finish.
14 scratch times out of 21!
Yesterday, Sébastien Ogier was in a class of his own compared to his rivals and he scored his 30th world rally championship victory after dominating Rally Germany. On Saturday he opened up a conclusive gap over his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala second time through the Panzerplatte special stage and the French went on to give Volkswagen Motorsport its first victory on home turf. In fact, the German manufacturer clinched a triple as Andreas Mikkelsen came home third.
The DS 3s in the points
Mads Østberg gained momentum throughout the event and finished in seventh place. Kris Meeke went off on Friday in the sixth stage when he was lying fourth overall. He finally saw the flag in 12th position after setting the second-quickest time in the Power Stage.
A very impressive performance by Lefebvre
The reigning Junior WRC champion, the French Stéphane Lefevbre, put on a very impressive performance in what was his first official outing at the wheel of a DS 3 WRC which he crowned with a tenth-place finish, and scored his first world championship points.
Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal):
“Kris Meeke confirmed that he was competitive on tarmac and on gravel. Unfortunately, his mistake was a very costly one in terms of the overall result. After losing time on the first day as he looked for the right rhythm, Mads Østberg showed he was capable of fighting in the midfield on a surface which is difficult to get to grips with. On his first rally in the DS 3 WRC, Stéphane Lefebvre had an impressive race, which will have surprised many onlookers. He applied the instructions given to him by the team to the letter and the end result is beyond our expectations. His stage times and his splits were very interesting. We are keen to keep supporting him as he improves.”
Next round: Rally of Australia (10 – 13 September)