For the first time in 10 years, the FIA World Rally Championship trophy has two new names engraved on it.
20,000 kilometres of testing, 1,700 parts designed completely from scratch, 17 months of preparations – all for the debut at the Rally Monte Carlo.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia celebrate the first Volkswagen Polo R win. Adding to their historical moment in Sweden were teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila who finished fourth.
Volkswagen's Polo R made its debut in FIA World Rally Championship. The first race of the season in Monaco was more challenging than expected.
Great honour, grand celebration: World Championship trophies presented to Volkswagen
The German marque took top honors in their rookie season.
Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia dominated the winter rally in Sweden from qualifying to three days of tricky conditions. They topped it off by taking the Power Stage win for a clean sweep.
The Rally Sweden represents a gruelling test for the drivers and the team’s technology: the rally cars are consistently pushed to their very limits, despite temperatures plummeting to between 10 and 20 degrees below freezing.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia named the new World Rally Champions with Volkswagen on the opening day of Rallye de France Alsace
Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena proved again why they have nine FIA World Rally championships. Dealing with the changing conditions, the French ace is in control of the leaderboard.
By David C. Schilke
A couple of hours before SS14, 75 per cent of the Turini roads were covered in snow and the white stuff was falling. Then it turned to rain, and the roads became a treacherous mix of snow, slush and water. Carnage ensued.
Conditions were cold and bright for the Swedish Rally qualifying session, with light snowfall and a temperature of -5C.
French Rally ace is laid low by the flu, won't compete in Fafe Rally Sprint.
Nancy Knapp Schilke, WRC correspondent