Volkswagen set sights on Manufacturers’ Championship in Spain


Volkswagen Motorsport have a chance to win the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ Championship in Catalunya.

The Wolfsburg-based team have taken their fortieth win in the WRC at the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France, which puts the Polo R WRC with the likes of the Lancia Delta, Subaru Impreza and Ford Focus, who have all won forty or more rally wins in the championship.

Since the Polo R WRC made its début in the 2013 WRC season, it has taken 600 stage wins out of 894 for Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets, who made his first appearance as Motorsport Director said “40 wins for the Polo R WRC – that is a fantastic record for our team, and we will travel to Spain for the Polo R WRC’s 50th rally full of confidence.

“The Rally France in Corsica is a big challenge in many regards – it is full of corners, and the weather is temperamental and very hard to predict. This makes it all the better to be able to rely on a well-oiled team. I am proud of this achievement, as the Rally France was also my first as Motorsport Director.

“I could not have wished for a better ‘debut’. Congratulations to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia – they dominated the rally on day one, and then did a perfect job of converting their advantage into victory.”