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A round dozen. Volkswagen bids farewell to the World Rally Championship with world titles number ten, eleven and twelve, thus bringing a successful era in rallying to a fitting end. A review in pictures.

Intro

Masters of the “Monte”!

Monte Carlo

Ogier and Mikkelsen race to a one-two at the season-opener.

One-two at the “Monte”, the third in a row for driver, co-driver and team – Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) enjoy a magnificent success at the Rally Monte Carlo. Their team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) finish runner-up to complete a Volkswagen one-two and round off a dream start to the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The latest victory marks the 35th triumph in 40 rallies for the Polo R WRC the 33rd career win for Ogier/Ingrassia, while Mikkelsen racks up his 15th podium finish.

Short and sweet

Sweden

The world champion stretches his overall lead.

Four wins in a row at the only winter rally in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): Volkswagen wins the Rally Sweden through Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and remains unbeaten on ice and snow with the Polo R WRC. For Ogier and Ingrassia, this latest victory is the third success in four years at this classic rally and their 34th in total.

Back in Business

Mexico

Latvala bounces back in style in the hills of Mexico.

Back in business, and making history for Volkswagen in the process – Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) claim an important victory at the Rally Mexico. The Volkswagen duo enjoys an emphatic return to form, dominating the rally to triumph ahead of team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and fight their way back into the title race. They also present the Polo R WRC with its twelfth win in a row.

A breath-taking finale!

Argentina

Ogier battles hard until the final metres and finishes second

Narrow defeat in a thrilling showdown: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) extend their lead in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with second place in Argentina. A dramatic finale sees the three-time world champions and championship leaders narrowly miss out to Hayden Paddon/John Kennard (NZ/NZ, Hyundai), who claim their first win in the World Rally Championship. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), like Ogier/Ingrassia at the wheel of the Polo R WRC, round off a good team performance with third place. 

“Fafelous”!

Portugal

A big step towards the World Championship.

Excitement right down to the wire, Mikkelsen beats Ogier, lucrative points haul – Volkswagen takes an important step towards the defence of its titles at the Rally Portugal. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) finish runners-up for the works team from Wolfsburg, ahead of Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) in third. In doing so, they claim podium finishes number 75 and 76 in the Polo R WRC’s 44th rally. 

Mille grazie for the points!

Italy

Volkswagen celebrates after an extremely demanding Rally Italy.

Successful weekend for Volkswagen at the Rally Italy: Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) finishe second and third to claim a double podium for Volkswagen. This represents a huge move in the race for the titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): Volkswagen significantly extends its lead in both the Driver/Co-Drivers’ Championship and the Manufacturers’ Championship with the Polo R WRC. Victory goes to Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai), who were involved in a thrilling battle for the lead with Latvala/Anttila.

Pure drama

Poland

Mikkelsen’s fighting spirit at the Rally Poland receives the ultimate reward.

Thrilling right down to the wire, with fortune favouring the brave: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) produce an outstanding display in Poland to take their second victory in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The duo in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC finishes just ahead of runners-up Ott Tänak/Raigo Mõlder (EST/EST, M-Sport-Ford) in an exciting finale, in which they benefit from Tänak’s last-minute misfortune, as the long-time leader loses time due to a puncture. Victory sees Mikkelsen/Jæger close the gap to fellow Volkswagen pair Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), who finish sixth, in the race for the world championship.

Impressive home outing, impressive record

Finland

Jari-Matti Latvala finishes runner-up at his home rally.

Well fought, well rewarded: Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) finish second at their home race in Finland to climb into third place in the Driver and Co-Driver competitions in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Only Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (GB/IRL, Citroën) finish ahead of the Volkswagen duo at the eighth round of the season, which featured 333.60 kilometres against the clock. This is their third podium finish in a row at the Rally Finland, having won on home soil in 2014 and 2015.

Home Speed Home!

Germany

Ogier wins Volkswagen’s home rally for the second year in a row.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are back on the winning track – and it is asphalted: victory at the Rally Germany goes to Volkswagen for the second year in a row. As they did last year, Ogier/Ingrassia win round nine of this season’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the Polo R WRC, making full use of the slight advantage that came with opening the route on the first all-asphalt race of the year.

One hand on the title.

France

Sébastien Ogier is unstoppable on Corsica.

A home win worth its weight in gold: Volkswagen duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) take a crucial step towards the title in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with the 36th win of their career. The three-time champions dominate the Rally France on Corsica from the word go, leaving runners-up Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai) and their Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) to fight it out for the minor places.

#GOgier has done it!

Spain

Outstanding performance, title number four.

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are crowned World Rally Champions for the fourth time in a row after taking victory at the Rally Spain. They guide their Volkswagen Polo R WRC to a fifth win of the season in Catalonia, finishing ahead of Dani Sordo/Marc Martí (E/E, Hyundai) und Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B, Hyundai). Their ninth podium in eleven races triggered wild celebrations.

A round dozen!

Great Britain

Ogier leads from start to finish.

12 titles in four years - four Drivers’, four Co-Drivers’ and four Manufacturers’ titles: Volkswagen put the icing on the cake at the end of an impressive season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with victory at the Rally Great Britain in Wales. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) won round 12 of 13 with the Polo R WRC.

Double victory as a farewell.

Australia

Volkswagen says goodbye with a 1-2 victory

The story of Volkswagen in the WRC ends with an exclamation mark: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) give the most successful car in the history of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) a worthy send-off with another win at the Rally Australia. Victory in the Polo R WRC’s 52nd rally is both spectacular and hard-fought – and features a close battle with Volkswagen team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F).