Volkswagen in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Wolfsburg (23 November 2011). Sébastien Ogier has been signed as the first official Volkswagen driver for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The 27-year-old Frenchman and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia (31) are joining the Volkswagen Motorsport squad effective immediately. Ogier, who finished the 2011 WRC in third place, will be instrumental in helping to shape the development of the Polo R WRC for Volkswagen’s 2013 entry in the World Rally Championship.
“Volkswagen is the number one in Europe and will soon be number one in the world,” said an exuberant Sébastien Ogier on his arrival in Hanover. “I’m sure that they’re going to compete with the goal of clinching the WRC title. And I’m happy to be part of this from the outset.” And co-driver Julien Ingrassia stresses with self-confidence, “We’re looking forward to a team with a fighting spirit and the determination to win. Anything’s possible!”
“I am very happy about Sébastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia joining us,” says Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management for the Development Division. “Both of them are important pieces of the puzzle on our way towards building a successful team in the World Rally Championship. It is also a mark of confidence for our team if such a strong pairing opts for a new team in the WRC that is still in the process of being developed.” Motorsport Director Kris Nissen adds, “We are proud that such a successful and quick duo as Sébastian Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia have decided to join Volkswagen. The aim of putting a competitive Polo R WRC on the road for them as quickly as possible will additionally drive our team. We look forward to working with them and are hoping for many victories and titles in the future.”