The coveted trophy was presented by Red Bull Formula 1 team boss, Christian Horner.
A great honour for Volkswagen driver Sébastien Ogier. The World Rally Champion* was awarded the so-called “Motorsport Oscar” as the 2013 rally driver of the year at the Autosport Awards in London on Sunday.
In front of some 1,200 guests invited by the British trade magazine Autosport, Ogier praised the outstanding teamwork at Volkswagen, without which the World Champion title would hardly have been possible. In their debut season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Volkswagen took victory in the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications.
Ogier and Ingrassia are named “rally drivers of the year”
The readers of the Auto Bild Motorsport magazine have chosen World Rally Champion* Sébastien Ogier as the “rally driver of the year for 2013”. The Volkswagen pilot received the award at the weekend in front of around 600 guests invited from the media, industry and world of motorsport to the 2013 Essen Motor Show.
His co-driver Julien Ingrassia was selected by the readers as the “co-driver of the year for 2013”. Ogier expressed his gratitude to the fans as well as to Volkswagen for the enormous support he has received throughout the year. Marvin Kirchhöfer was also recognised at the event. The 19-year-old from Leipzig outclassed his rivals to win this year’s title in the ATS Formula 3 Cup in a Dallara F311 “powered by Volkswagen” vehicle.