Published on December 14th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volkswagen takes 3 WRC Trophies

Glamour and glory for the three-time world champions: Volkswagen, Sébastien Ogier (F) and Julien Ingrassia (F) received trophies for their title wins in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the grand award ceremony hosted by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) at the world-famous Lido on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The trophies in the manufacturers’, drivers’ and co-drivers’ categories in the most prestigious production-based automobile world championship have therefore officially gone to Volkswagen for the third consecutive year.

Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia with Jost Capito, portrait during the FIA Prize Giving 2015 on December 4th 2015, at Paris, France. Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

The Polo R WRC likewise made a grand appearance in front of the event’s 2,000 guests. The movers and shakers of the world of motorsport all marvelled at the 318 hp World Rally Car which has won 34 of the 39 rallies it has tackled to date, making it the most successful model in the history of the WRC. Awards were presented not only to the world champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), but also to their Volkswagen teammates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), who came second and third respectively overall in the 2015 WRC.

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13 rallies and 26 podium finishes, twelve of which were the top spot – the 2015 season goes down in history as the most successful season to date for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship. Each of the three driver/co-driver pairs won at least one rally and clinched a podium position at least seven times. 159 out of 231 possible stage fastest times were also scored by Volkswagen drivers, as were twelve of the possible 13 power stage wins.

Sébastien Ogier (F), Julien Ingrassia (F)Volkswagen Polo R WRC (2015)WRC Rally Monte Carlo 2015

The three Polo R WRC cars notched up a total distance of 11,832.08 kilometres at high speed in 2015. And Volkswagen has scored an unparalleled set of top results since it joined the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC: 34 out of a possible 39 rally wins, the longest run of consecutive wins by far (twelve), and the two most successful seasons for a manufacturer, with twelve rally wins in both 2014 and 2015. Volkswagen drivers have stood on the podium 67 times, and one of the Volkswagen duos has been fastest in 504 of the 717 special stages held since Rally Monte Carlo in 2013 and has been among the top three on 1,192 occasions. A Volkswagen duo came first in 31 of the 38 power stages, in which the top three duos score bonus points in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ categories, and bonus points went to Wolfsburg factory-backed drivers and co-drivers 69 times, taking the total to exactly 150 bonus points – which is equivalent to six rally wins.

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