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One-two-three secures World title for Volkswagen

14.09.14
Volkswagen Motorsport secured its first-ever clean sweep of an FIA World Rally Championship podium on Coates Hire Rally Australia
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claimed their sixth win of the season, beating team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila by 6.8 seconds after just over 300 kilometres of competition. Locking out the podium for the team and the Polo R WRC, Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene finished third. And, to round off the perfect weekend, Volkswagen Motorsport claimed the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.*
 
In the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers, the Volkswagen drivers continue to battle for the crown, with Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen the only ones now mathematically able to clinch the title. While Volkswagen has secured the Manufacturers’ Championship with three rounds remaining, Citroën, M-Sport and Hyundai all continue to battle for second position.
 
The final day of competition in Rally Australia took the crews over two identical loops of three stages covering 100.58 competitive kilometres, so it was no cruise to the finish. Ogier entered the final day in the lead but it was Latvala who set the pace in the first stage, pushing hard to overhaul his team-mate. The battling duo traded fastest times throughout the day but Latvala was simply unable to close the gap, but took some consolation in claiming the additional maximum points on the Power Stage. Mikkelsen had an uneventful drive to third today, such was the gap to Kris Meeke who incurred a penalty overnight for a large corner cut yesterday. He was docked one position in the overall classification, ruling out a battle with Mikkelsen today. He nevertheless finished fourth with a chasing Mikko Hirvonen just 9.6 seconds further adrift. Hayden Paddon finished first of the Hyundai i20 WRC drivers in sixth - his best result in a world rally car - with team-mate Thierry Neuville seventh. Elfyn Evans, Robert Kubica and Chris Atkinson rounded off the top 10 after Mads Østberg dropped 11 minutes with suspension damage.
 
The FIA World Rally Championship contenders now head back to Europe for Rallye de France Alsace (2-5 October). 
 
* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA
 
Rally Australia – Final Unofficial Results (subject to scrutineering)
 

1.   Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2hr 53min 18.0sec

2.   Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2hr 53min 24.8sec

3.   Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Floene

Volkswagen Polo R WRC

2hr 54min 36.0sec

4.   Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle

Citroën DS3 WRC

2hr 55min 02.0sec

5.   Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

2hr 55min 11.6sec

6.   Hayden Paddon/John Kennard

Hyundai i20 WRC

2hr 56min 14.2sec

7.   Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai i20 WRC

2hr 57min 46.2sec

8.   Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

2hr 58min 28.0sec

9.   Robert Kubica/Maciej Szczepaniak

Ford Fiesta RS WRC

2hr 59min 57.8sec

10. Chris Atkinson/Stephane Prévot

Hyundai i20 WRC

3hr 02min 47.4sec

 
FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 10 of 13 rounds)
 

Sébastien Ogier (FRA)

214 points

Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)

164 points

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)

125 points

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

83 points

Thierry Neuville (BEL)

79 points

Mads Østberg (NOR)

74 points

Kris Meeke (GBR)

67 points

Elfyn Evans (GBR)

61 points

Martin Prokop (CZE)

37 points

Henning Solberg (NOR)

26 points

Juho Hänninen (FIN)

20 points

Bryan Bouffier (FRA)

18 points

Dani Sordo (ESP)

18 points

Hayden Paddon (NZL)

16 points

Robert Kubica (POL)

14 points

Ott Tanak (EST)

11 points

Benito Guerra (MEX)

8 points

Chris Atkinson (AUS)

7 points

Pontus Tidemand (SWE)

6 points

Jaroslav Melicharek (SVK)

4 points

Dennis Kuipers (NLD)

4 points

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

3 points

Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA)

2 points

Matteo Gamba (ITA)

2 points

Craig Breen (IRL)

2 points

Yuriy Protasov (UKR)

2 points

Jari Ketomaa (FIN)

1 point

Karl Kruuda (EST)

1 point

Khalid Al Qassimi (ARE)

1 point

 
FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 10 of 13 rounds)
 

Volkswagen Motorsport

348 points

Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

154 points

M-Sport World Rally Team

146 points

Hyundai Motorsport

141 points

Volkswagen Motorsport II

109 points

Jipocar Czech National Team

40 points

RK M-Sport World Rally Team

25 points

Hyundai Motorsport N

22 points