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VOLKSWAGEN Motorsport are aiming to snatch the record for consecutive WRC wins from rivals Citroen at Rally Argentina starting today (Thursday).
Should any of Volkswagen’s drivers – Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala or Andreas Mikkelsen – take victory at the South American event, they would continue an unbroken winning streak that stretches back to Coates Hire Rally Australia last year.
On the most recent round in Portugal, Volkswagen claimed its eighth straight win, equalling the record set by Citroen.
Victory would be especially sweet for Ogier, who would become the successor to his former rival and Citroen teammate, Sebastien Loeb, who triumphed in Argentina for the eighth time in a row last year.
Either way, with the Frenchman absent this year, for the first time for almost a decade a new winner is guaranteed to be crowned this week.
Ogier will start as pre-event favourite, but Volkswagen’s team boss Jost Capito has warned against taking anything for granted.
“We have achieved a lot this season, which has led many to view us as favourites. However, when you pull up at the start of the first special stage, everyone starts from scratch,” he said.