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VOLKSWAGEN Motorsport’s car and drivers celebrated more milestones at Wales Rally GB, confirming their record as one of the most successful squads in WRC historyl

With 34 of a possible 39 victories, the Polo R WRC remains the car with the highest win ratio in the World Rally Championship.

The 318-hp World Rally Car from Wolfsburg also racked up stage win number 500 in Wales. After three full seasons, Volkswagen has won 504 of the 717 special stages since the Polo R WRC made its debut at the 2013 Rally Monte Carlo.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia also passed a personal milestone: victory in Wales was the 32nd of their careers, the 25th in Volkswagen colours and also yielded their 400th stage win.

Wales was podium finish number 10 for Sébastien Ogier and number nine for Andreas Mikkelsen. The two drivers ended the 2015 season with the most top-three results.

Volkswagen duos have cracked open the champagne on the rostrum on 26 occasions this year – a new best for the team.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia now have 45 podium finishes to their name, 31 of which have come with Volkswagen. During their three World Championship-winning years – 2013, 2014 and 2015 – they have not recorded a single third place.

Andreas Mikkelsen has finished on the podium 14 times in the 25 rallies since last year’s Rally Sweden, including 13 times with Ola Fløene. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila have contributed eight podiums, including three wins, to Volkswagen’s impressive record.

Over the course of the 2015 season’s 13 rallies, Volkswagen drivers covered 11,832.08 kilometres at rally speed on 231 special stages, held between sea level and altitudes of up to 2752 metres above sea level.Starting mid-January and ending mid-November in Australia, the 2016 WRC year will be the longest in world motorsport.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

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