Volkswagen triumphant at 2016 Rally Germany

Volkswagen’s Sebastian Ogier/Julien Ingrassia claim victory at home rally

The ninth round of the 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) has been run and won with championship leading pair Sebastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia proving too hard to beat.

The Volkswagen team finishing 20.3 seconds ahead of Hyundai’s Dani Sordo/Marc Marti, Hyundai team-mates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul finished just a further 0.1 seconds behind.

The results from the first all-asphalt rally of the year see Ogier/Ingrassia’s lead in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship increased by 14 points to 59.

While Volkswagen Motorsport is now almost certain of claiming another Manufacturers’ Championship again this year.

After six rounds away from the top of the podium, Ogier says it was great to taste victory again.

“A fantastic feeling to be back at the top of the podium after this long dry spell. I am over the moon to have repeated last year’s success at the Rally Germany.

“The weekend wasn’t easy for me since I really wanted to win here and then it is easy to be a little bit too motivated going into the race.

“Then there was the weather, which changed constantly and was extremely difficult to predict.

“In the end, I waited patiently for my opportunity, and with the times on the Panzerplatte in particular, built up the crucial lead over my rivals.”

Following the cancelling of the Rally China due to weather damage, the next round of the WRC will now be the Tour De Corsa in France at the end of September.

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