2013 WRC Champion Details:
  • Sebastien Ogier/ Julien Ingrassia (F/F) win the driver and co-driver titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in the VW Polo R WRC
  • First manufacturer in WRC to claim title in debut season
  • Two rallies left in the season, Ogier leads by 75 points
  • Loeb fails to finish

Rally France brought much to celebrate for the 2013 Volkswagen Polo R WRC team along with an early retirement for another. Last Thursday saw VW team duo of Sebastien Ogier/ Julien Ingrassia (F/F) win the driver and co-drivers titles in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) - also winning five of the seven stages on Saturday. Sunday saw an increase in manufacturer points by 80 with the seventh victory of the season for Ogier/Ingrassia and third place for Jari-Matti/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN). With Andres Mikkelsen/Paul Nagle (N/IRL) finishing seventh in the Rally in the third Polo R WRC car, 86 points are still up for grabs heading into the final two rallies in Spain and Great Britain.

I would like to thank the team behind this success from the bottom of my heart. They have done an outstanding job.

"I am proud that our WRC project, which we launched over two years ago, has already yielded a title today," said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. "I am particularly pleased that Volkswagen has become the first manufacturer in the history of the World Rally Championship to claim its maiden WRC title in its debut season. In my current role as Audi Board Member, I would also like to congratulate the entire Volkswagen team on behalf of Audi. With Audi winning the DTM on last weekend and the WRC title this weekend, this is the perfect end to what, for me personally, has been my most successful week in motorsport to date. I would like to thank the team behind this success from the bottom of my heart. They have done an outstanding job."

I would have preferred to have finished my last rally here, but it didn't go according to plan.

On the opposite end was the retirement of Loeb in his Citroen DS3 WRC. "I lost the rear in a fast right corner, and then we had a spin and I finished in the ditch. And that was the race over. I would have preferred to have finished my last rally here, but it didn't go according to plan," said Loeb. Although seeing another season of wins from the WRC master would be nothing short of expected, it seems other talent has taken the spotlight.

Maybe with the retirement of the nine-time WRC winner, we can see the success of yet another Sebastien. The final two rallies of the season will surely be the ones to watch.

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