THIRD WORLD TITLE FOR OGIER-INGRASSIA AND VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT
In Australia the Stilo ace Sebastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia conquered their third consecutive WRC title, taking Volkswagen Motorsport – with Stilo among their partners – once more at the top of the World Championship.
The tile has come thanks to a terrific victory of the Stilo ace after an amazing challenge that saw Ogier against the Stilo drivers Latvala (co-driver Anttila) and Meeke (co-driver Nagle). The two drove greatly on the gruelling Australian roads, thus making the result unpredictable until the last special stage.
It was only for the final sprint that the Champion-to-become Ogier got the best on the well determined rivals, beating them with shrewdness and talent.
The podium, in this event as well, was totally occupied by crews using Stilo. Not only the first positions use Stilo intercoms and helmets but the entire top 10 was 100% Stilo. Further to Ogier, Latvala and Meeke, we find in fourth position Mikkelsen (co-driver Floene), fifth Paddon (co-driver Kennard), sixth Tanak (co-driver Molder), seventh Neuville (co-driver Gilsoul), eighth is Sordo (co-driver Marti), ninth Evans (co-driver Barritt) and tenth Al-Attiyah (co-driver Baumel).
The result of the Australian event is perfectly mirroring the general rankings where Ogier is World Champion for the third time in a row with 235 points, Latvala is second and Mikkelsen third.
Out of the 10 events completed so far and with 3 still to go to the end of Championship, Stilo drivers won 8 (7 with Ogier and 1 with Meeke).
Sebastien Ogier stated at the end of the event:
“It’s been an incredible season and this was my best victory so far. I didn’t make any mistake. I’ve done great rallies and this was one of the best. Winning the first tile gives you unique emotions, you reach a goal that you’ve been fighting for for a long time, it’s like a consecration. Winning the second title is also, naturally, fantastic because it shows that the first one was not a matter of luck or casualty. The third one consolidated a series that I hope can become longer and longer. Indeed Julien and I thought from the beginning that ending up before everyone would be particularly tough”