Ogier and Julien Ingrassia were crowned World Rally Champions of 2014 defending
their title victory from last year in their Volkswagen Polo R WRC cars, while
breaking WRC records along the way.
final round of the WRC in the UK still to be held in November, Ogier/Ingrassia
have claimed the drivers title for the second time with their 7th
victory of the 2014 season (23rd victory of the duo’s career) in
Spain. Their victory broke the record for Volkswagen as the team won 11 races
in a single season. The French duo cannot be caught by their trailing
team-mates, the Finnish Duo of Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila who finished
second in Spain with a 31 point gap between the two and 28 points up for grabs
in UK. The French and Finnish Duos were also able to clinch the 10th
One-Two victory for Volkswagen in WRC as well. The third VW car of Andreas
Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene secured seventh place in Spain, thus cementing their third
place spot in the driver’s championship.
remained undecided but nail bitingly close until the very end of the Spanish
Rally. Going into the rally, if Ogeir finished before Latvala, the title would
have been decided, if it was the other way round, the battle would have been
stretched to the final round of Rally of UK.
the history books will reveal that Ogier and Ingrassia’s are the only fourth
duo to successfully defend their title in 1977. They are also the eighth duo to
be crowned double world champions as well.
titles decided and clinched by Volkswagen Motorsport, the Drivers’ Championship
standing looks like this: 1st Sébastien Ogier, 242 pts; 2nd
Jari-Matti Latvala, 211; 3rd Andreas Mikkelsen, 150; 4th
Mikko Hirvonen, 108 and 5th Mads Østberg, 92.
As the teams
head to Wales for the Grand Finale, the Constructors Championship standing are
as follows: 1st Volkswagen
Motorsport; 416 pts; 2nd Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT, 187; 3rd
Ford M-Sport, 180; 4th Hyundai Motorsport, 175 and 5th
Volkswagen Motorsport II, 133.
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