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Two world championship titles in two years. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are World Rally Champions once again - the 2014 success story.

Intro

Hurtling through deep snow

Monte Carlo

Rally Monte Carlo

1st place / 27 points

Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia trailed the front-runners by almost 90 seconds after the first four special stages of Rally Monte Carlo (16 to 19 January). But the reigning world champions ploughed their way through the snow and ultimately won the ‘Monte’ with a lead of more than a minute – giving the Volkswagen duo the perfect start to the season.

Race to catch up after slip-up

Sweden

Rally Sweden

6th place / 8 points

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were still in the lead after seven special stages, but the two Frenchmen then got stuck in the snow during the eighth stage of Rally Sweden (5 to 8 February). Fans helped to get the Polo R WRC #1 back onto the track, but they no longer had any chance of winning the rally. Ogier and Ingrassia nonetheless still managed to score some important points in their battle to win the championship title.

Dominance at high altitudes

Mexico

Rally Mexico

1st place / 28 points

Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia achieved the fastest time in 14 of Rally Mexico’s 22 special stages (7 to 9 March). And this dominance at altitudes that were sometimes in excess of 2,000 metres was reflected in the final result: the top driver not driving a Polo R WRC trailed the leaders by more than five minutes. The winners additionally scored the first full points of the season by also putting in the fastest time over the power stage.

Fourth win in favourite rally

Portugal

Rally Portugal

1st place / 28 points

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are in their element on gravel in Portugal (3 to 6 April). And the two Frenchmen in the Polo R WRC #1 lost very little time overall, in spite of initially having to act as a ‘road sweeper’ that cleared the way for all the other cars. The upshot was the fourth win in five years for the world champion duo, together with Ogier proclaiming: “Rally Portugal is one of my absolute favourite events!”.

Hard graft in the pampas

Argentina

Rally Argentina

2nd place / 21 points

It became particularly clear to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia during Rally Argentina (8 to 11 May) that their biggest rival for the world championship title was driving the same car as them. Because their teammate Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttila proved to be simply unbeatable in South America. But in the end, Ogier was “more than happy with having come second” considering he had faced “the toughest conditions I’ve seen for a long time”.

Slipping and sliding in the dust and heat

Italy

Rally Italy

1st place / 26 points

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia initially had next to no grip in Sardinia. In almost unbearable heat and extremely arid conditions, the Frenchmen drove “at the limit right from the start,” as Ogier put it, and went on to score their fourth win of the season. “This win was definitely one of the hardest fought wins of my career,” said Ogier in summary of Rally Italy (5 to 8 June).

Perfection in a comeback

Poland

Rally Poland

1st place / 28 points

This was the first rally to be held in Poland for five years (26 to 29 June). And after Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia failed to cross the finishing line in 2009, in 2014 the pair picked up maximum points for the third time in the season, finishing first and snatching three bonus in the power stage too. Ogier spoke of “the perfect car” and “incredibly quick stages”. Or, in other words: “Julien and I had a perfect rally here!”.

Hard fight
far up north

Finland

Rally Finland

2nd place / 21 points

Full pelt, flying through the air and fans aplenty were the main constituents of a thrilling Rally Finland (31 July to 3 August)! After a total of almost three hours of driving, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia missed out on the rally win by a mere 3.6 seconds, coming second to the Finnish duo Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. “Jari-Matti was simply unbeatable here,” said a nevertheless happy Ogier in praise of his teammate.

Over and out in home event

Germany

Rally Germany

eliminated / 0 points

“This weekend was definitely one I’d rather forget,” said Sébastien Ogier, succinctly summarising Rally Germany (21 to 24 August): an unintentional foray into the vineyards on Friday was followed by a serious case of flying off course on Saturday, bringing the rally to an end for the reigning world champion. And with Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Anttila likewise failing to cross the finishing line, Volkswagen’s home event was once again a disappointment, just like last year.

A historic achievement Down Under

Australia

Rally Australia

1st place / 27 points

The disappointment suffered in Germany was made good – and then some – on the other side of the world. The rally win scored by Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia in Australia (12 to 14 September) was all but overlooked as Volkswagen Motorsport succeeded in defending its title in the manufacturers’ championship after just ten of the season’s rallies. What’s more, this was also the first time that all three top spots were clinched by Volkswagen duos.

Damage limitation
in Alsace

France

Rally France

13th place / 3 points

All hopes of winning the championship in their home rally (3 to 5 October) had been dashed by the end of the second special stage: having spun the car, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were hit by problems with their Polo R WRC and were subsequently also stung with a time penalty due to a time stamp error. As a result, three bonus points in the power stage were the best Ogier could do – and were a poor consolation.

Decider in the Spanish sun

Spain

Rally Spain

1st place / 25 points

Even though they had to clear the gravel track for the rest of the field as the first to start, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were able to take the lead on the first day of the Rally Spain (23 to 26 October). They refused to surrender this advantage on the asphalt legs that followed. With their seventh victory of the year, it's wrapped up before the season finale in Great Britain: The two Frenchmen are world champions in the drivers' and co-drivers' standings once again.

Mud maestro

Great Britain

Rally Great Britain

1st place / 25 points

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia started the final rally of the year in Great Britain (14 to 16 November) under no pressure. And the Frenchmen clocked four best times on the first five special stages and built up an enormous lead – which they refused to relinquish for the rest of the rally. With their eighth victory of the season Ogier / Ingrassia went on to celebrate a befitting end to the season in Wales.