WRC | Ogier wins in Germany but…

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Day 3

Written by – Michael Vettas | Images by Michael Vettas and André Lavadinho

The third and final day of Rallye Deutchland and Ogier was on the cusp of winning his third WRC championship and all he needed was 22 points from the event, so a win and a 2nd place in the power stage would be all he would need.

Heading into the final day Ogier has a 33.8sec lead over VW team mate Latvala with Mikkelsen in third which could give the Volkswagen Motorsport team a 1,2,3 finish on home soil.

Two groups of two stages through more vineyards are what remained on the final day, the 19.9km Stein & Wein stage and Dhrontal a 14.08km stage which will culminate with the events Power Stage.

After the first loop of stages Ogier maintained his lead over Latvala, albeit trimmed by 11sec with Latvala commenting that the Dhrontal stage was his best stage of the rally.

On the final stage of the event, Ogier had it all before him. He remained calm and backed off ever so slightly to win the rally however he didn’t push hard enough to secure the championship by only managing to finish in sixth place on the final stage.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @WorldFIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 -WRC Deutschland (DEU) -  WRC 20/08/2015 to 23/08/2015 - PHOTO :  @World
Images by Michael Vettas and André Lavadinho (@World)

Rally Germany Final Results

1. OGIER 3:35:49.5
2. LATVALA +23.0
3. MIKKELSEN +1:33.6
4. SORDO +2:09.3
5. NEUVILLE +2:33.8

Sébastien Ogier – “I am absolutely delighted with this win! The fact that Julien and I are finally able to present our fantastic team with the long-awaited home win makes both of us extremely proud. Before the start of the rally, our team principal Jost Capito reminded us again of the promise we made to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Winterkorn, at the final ceremony last year. We did not need any more motivation than that. Now we have finally done it, with a one-two-three. An incredibly emotional moment!”

Jari-Matti Latvala – “It is a great day for Volkswagen and the entire team! A one-two-three is obviously the right way to bounce back from the results of the past two years. Everyone coped well with the pressure and worked hard to make this success possible. I was able to extend my advantage over third place in the World Championship. That has to remain my goal. Whatever happens, I will push hard in the final third of the season.”

Andreas Mikkelsen – “What an absolutely fantastic result for Volkswagen, and how nice to see so many happy faces back at the service park. Nowhere was the desire to win shown by everyone in the team as great as here. It was important to us to make amends for recent years with such a phenomenal result. It feels fantastic to have been a part of it.”

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director – “A one-two-three at your home rally is certainly very special. However, given our history at this round of the World Championship, which was the only rally we had not won before today, it is more emotional than all the other victories we have celebrated.”

Championship Leader Board

1. Sébastien Ogier 207
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 114
3. Andreas Mikkelsen 98
4. Mads Østberg 90
5. Thierry Neuville 80

Rally Australia is the next round of the championship, held in the Coffs Harbour region of New South Wales, Sebastien Ogier is set to win his 3rd championship in Australia yet again, only time will tell if he can complete the threepeat downunder.

Next WRC Round

Rally Australia 10th – 13th September, 2015

WRC Coverage

For more World Rally Championship coverage, subscribe and follow MyDrive for updates throughout the year!

Feedback and Links

Feedback or questions on this article, please use the comment field, or click for contact details.

For details on the World Rally Championship (WRC), click > www.wrc.com

Stay in touch with MyDrive via social media!

The MyDrive social media network now includes, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn and RSS Feed. The MyDrive social media sites can be accessed by clicking the relevant social media icons situated below and on the right-hand side menu bar on any page throughout the MyDrive Media website.

MyDrive | FacebookMyDrive | Google PlusMyDrive | LinkedInMyDrive | YouTubeMyDrive | Home PageMyDrive | Instagram MyDrive | Twitter MyDrive | RSS Feed

 

 

Comments are closed