Sébastien Ogier matches Sébastien Loeb’s record
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Sébastien Ogier matches Sébastien Loeb’s record

18/11/2013

Ninth victory of the season for Sébastien Ogier during Rally Wales-GB, who matches Sébastien Loeb’s record. Tenth success for Volkswagen Motorsport who signs a second double, with Jari-Matti Latvala’s second place.

How many people were willing to bet on such results from Volkswagen Motorsport during its first year in the World Rally Championship? Not so many, considering the domination of Citroën Racing these past seasons! Designated as the “Motorsport Team of the Year” by the jury of the “Professional Motorsport World Expo Awards 2013”, Volkswagen Motorsport celebrated its first season by a tenth victory this week-end during Rally Wales-GB.

This collective success is also due to the talent of the main driver of the German team. With nine victories, over thirteen rallies, Sébastien Ogier confirms a bit more his 2013 World Rally Champion status. By doing so, he matches the record that Sébastien Loeb was holding, the only driver with so many victories for a thirteen-race season. More symbolically,  since the points’ scale has widely evolved over the past few years, the Frenchman holds a new record with 290 points scored in a year.

Leaders of the Rally Wales-GB from the beginning until the end, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia perfectly handled the Welsh mud and rainy conditions. With their 3rd and 4th positions, only Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg were able to compete with the German manufacturer; while Dani Sordo’s Citroën felt a bit lonely at the finish line, eight minutes behind the winner.

There are now almost sixty days (59 to be precise) left for all the teams to get ready for the 2014 season, which will start in Monte-Carlo on January 14th. Those weeks won’t be vacations but opportunities, for the manufacturers which will enter the World Rally Championship’s next edition, to test their equipment. Volkswagen, Citroën, Ford and Hyundai: competition has already started!

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