The WRC is still shocked by the departure of Volkswagen Motorsport in the championship. The German brand, with twelve titles in his four years in the World, has put an end to his project in the contest, and that means that the Rally of Australia will be the official farewell from the team, and the last test in which Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen will compete with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. For this reason, appointment in the antipodes seems like a scene of farewells and at the same time as the perfect opportunity for the three drivers adding his last victory with the colors of Volkswagen.
The own Sébastien Ogier recognized the crossing of sensations that will live on in the Rally of Australia within the team, which has made him a champion in four occasions: “it Is a strange situation for everyone at Volkswagen Motorsport. The announcement of our withdrawal from the World Championship Rallies at the end of the year was not the way in which we, as a team, we wanted to celebrate our fourth title. Now we’re going to play our last rally together in Australia. When I look back on the past five years, not only do I think of the success we have enjoyed together. I’m grateful to have worked with people so brilliant in Volkswagen“.
all in all, Sébastien Ogier will try to add his fourth victory in this year’s rally, although the French do not have anything easy. The position of output if it does not rain promises to be a great hurdle to overcome by the factor of cleaning the sections: “The last rally with Volkswagen sounds complicated. However, I am sure that I will be able to pull this out of my mind during the race. Although my initial position is not exactly promising, I will do everything in my power to make sure that we have something to celebrate together again after our last test in Australia”.
Jari-Matti Latvala is showed with a feel similar to that of its
team-mate. Pending signing a contract with a new team
face-to 2017, the Finnish it showed the sad of the departure of Volkswagen: ”
news of the past week were far from being pleasant. it Is very difficult to
to understand the magnitude of this decision in so little time. I can only repeat
I will always remember the years at Volkswagen Motorsport. The great moments
mean a lot to me, and I would like to thank to all the team“.
Latvala has a starting position in a more positive and never
he has won in Australia, but the Finnish driver has managed to finish third
in this test, in three of the last four editions: “Now it is my duty to
concentrate fully on the end of the season in Australia. I’m
really determined to do well in my last rally with Volkswagen, and I
will endeavour to the maximum to fight for victory. My season has not been easy,
so a good result in Australia would be doubly pleasant,
particularly as a parting gift to the team“.
, Andreas Mikkelsen has only stepped on the podium of the
Rally of Australia on one occasion: “The Rally of Australia will be very
on the emotional level, will be the last race for Volkswagen. I am very grateful for the
everything that we have lived together, and I really want to leave you with a good
result in Australia. It is also important to me, because I want to recover
the second place in the World Championship of Drivers. To achieve this, we must
go for the win. However, this will not be easy, because we will go third party
to the special. In spite of this, we’re going to push and give it my all“.