Volkswagen WRC team look to make it four in a row in Sweden.
Beginning on Thursday, Volkswagen goes into the Rally Sweden brimming with confidence following the strong start to the 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) season in Monte Carlo and the manufacturers dominance at the Sweden event.
35 wins out of 40 rallies for the Volkwagen Polo R WRC is also rather confidence inspiring!
Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Jost Capito, says hopes are high for a fourth straight Volkswagen win in Sweden.
“The entire team will never forget the scene of our first win in the World Rally Championship. Over the past three years, we have always enjoyed outstanding rallies in Sweden – with wins for Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, as well as some very special moments for Andreas Mikkelsen.
“These include his first podium and what was so nearly his first victory twelve months ago, for example. The rally fans will be raving about last year’s drama, when three drivers all had an equal chance of winning right down to the final stage, for a long time – unless the coming Rally Sweden is even more exciting than 2015.”
While Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1 driver Sébastien Ogier says he can’t wait to tackle the ice and snow.
“It is obviously fantastic to travel to Sweden on the back of a dream start to the season and with 28 points to our name.
“The conditions there are unique, and unlike anything anywhere else in the rallying world. Thanks to the special spiked tyres, we have perfect grip on the ice and snow and can position the car precisely at high speed.
“I am certainly looking forward to the next rally. Last year it was a tough struggle with the Nordic drivers. They are the ones to beat in Sweden.”