Volkswagen out to continue home rally dominance

Volkswagen gears up for big performance at WRC Rally Germany

Volkswagen out to continue home rally dominance

Friday AEST sees the next round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) kick-off with Volkswagen looking to extend its lead in the driver and manufacturers championships.

The Rally Germany has proven a happy hunting ground for Volkswagen in recent times, last year the German manufacturer secured all three podium places.

After six-straight gravel rallies, the German event returns to the asphalt and Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito says this is a huge advantage for his team.

“Then there is also the fact it is Volkswagen’s home event, the historic one-two-three result from last year and the championship positions one, two and three behind us – the conditions ahead of the Rally Germany are the best of the season so far.

Volkswagen out to continue home rally dominance
The Rally Germany is famous for its the notorious “Panzerplatte” and the picturesque vineyard stages

“But we are also aware that our rivals Hyundai, Citroën and M-Sport-Ford are strong and that the Rally Germany is unpredictable and extremely demanding. Which is exactly why we are ready for the task.”

The Rally Germany is fought-out over 18 special stages covering 306.80 kilometres.

Volkswagen pairing of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia currently leads the championship and Ogier says he can’t wait to get out there.

“I always look forward to the Rally Germany, but slightly more than usual this time around.

“Julien and I have a realistic chance of fighting for the win under our own steam again after the difficult gravel rallies.

“Accordingly, I am highly motivated and very keen to repeat the success of last year.”

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Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both.Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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