Ogier leads VW 1-2-3 in Germany

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Sunday 23rd August, 2015 - 11:16pm

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Ogier celebrates with Mikkelsen and Latvala

Ogier celebrates with Mikkelsen and Latvala

Sebastien Ogier has led home a Volkswagen 1-2-3 at the Rallye Deutschland and could seal his third-straight championship next month at Rally Australia.

After missing out last year in Germany, Volkswagen were delighted with the victory as Ogier beat Jari-Matti Latvala by 23.0sec after three days of asphalt action on military roads and in the Mosel vineyards near Trier.

Andreas Mikkelsen finished third, a further 1min 33.6sec back, meaning VW has now won every event in the WRC since it entered in 2013.

“The pressure was on all weekend. Everyone expected us to succeed here finally and we made it with a one-two-three,” Ogier said at the finish near Trier, in the Mosel region.

“I’m so close to my third title now, so I’m really happy. It’s been a great rally, really enjoyable.”

Latvala won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points. Kris Meeke took two points in second in Citroën’s DS 3 and Dani Sordo secured one in a Hyundai i20.

Overall no changes in position on the final day, including Kiwi Hayden Paddon who finished in ninth.

“We’ve had some ups and downs but there are some good things to take away from the event,” said Paddon.

“We have accumulated a lot of data and information, which we can study back at home to see what we have to work on for the future.”

We have used today’s stages to build a bit more confidence and the set-up of the car definitely feels better than when we started, which is positive. It’s been an important weekend and one that will ultimately be beneficial.”

Coates Hire Rally Australia will be run at Coffs Harbour on 10-13 September.

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FINAL POSITIONS: Rallye Deutschland

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 3h35m49.5s
2 Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen 23.0s
3 Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen 1m56.6s
4 Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 2m09.3s
5 Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 2m33.8s
6 Elfyn Evans M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 2m52.1s
7 Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 3m12.5s
8 Ott Tanak M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 4m26.6s
9 Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai 4m46.8s
10 Stephane Lefebvre Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 4m54.5s

 

DRIVERS´ STANDINGS

Pos Driver Total
1. Sébastien Ogier 207
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 114
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 98
4. Mads Østberg 90
5. Thierry Neuville 80
6. Elfyn Evans 61
7. Kris Meeke 56
8. Ott Tanak 54
9. Dani Sordo 52
10. Hayden Paddon 46
11. Martin Prokop 33
12. Khalid Al Qassimi 9
13. Juho Hanninen 8
14. Yuriy Protasov 8
15. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari 6
16. Nasser Al-Attiyah 6
17. Robert Kubica 6
18. Sébastien Loeb 6
19. Diego Dominguez 4
20. Paolo Andreucci 4
21. Esapekka Lappi 4
22. Pontus Tidemand 2
23. Jan Kopecky 2
24. Nicolas Fuchs 2
25. Gustavo Saba 2
26. Jari Ketomaa 1
27. Stephane Lefebvre 1
28. Lorenzo Bertelli 1

 

TEAMS´ STANDINGS

Pos Teams Total
1. Volkswagen Motorsport 300
2. Hyundai Motorsport 161
3. Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT 148
4. M-Sport World Rally Team 138
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 64
6. Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team 45
7. Jipocar Czech National Team 43
8. F.W.R.T. 9

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