By the time you read this, the 2015 Rallye Monte Carlo will already be under way, with the cars somewhere in Special Stage 5 right now. After two years of dominance, Volkswagen decided to refresh the conquering Polo R WRC with a new colour scheme. Here are the photos of it in action on shakedown for the Monte earlier this week:
After two years of white, blue and silver, the change to a darker colour palette makes the Polo R WRC look even more aggressive than it already was. The Red Bull sponsorship is also a lot more obvious than before, and there’s no mistaking what Volkswagen model it is with the huge ‘Polo’ emblem in the front air intake! It’s also noticeable that Volkswagen Motorsport has dropped the prominent ‘R’ branding from the car. Perhaps they’ve become sick of people, like ESM, asking why there’s no true AWD Polo R street version being made!
Andreas Mikkelsen really making use of those ditches!
Ogier giving passenger rides through Monaco’s tunnel.
Either way, it’s still a very good-looking WRC car. Can Volkswagen make it three successful years in a row? We’ll just have to see!
This weekend marks the final round of the 2014 World Rally Championship; one which Volkswagen has pretty much dominated proceedings throughout. What better way to celebrate than with photos of mud splattered Polo R WRCs from yesterday’s shakedown.
Volkswagen Motorsport have dominated the year heavily; they had the Manufacturers’ championship wrapped up by Rally Australia with three rounds remaining. Prior to this weekend, the Wolfsburg make had more than twice the points of the Citroën team in second place.
It’s also been a similar story in the Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship, with Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claiming those respective titles after the last round; Rally Catalunya. Their closest rivals were, naturally, their Volkswagen Motorsport team mates.
Say what you want about the state of modern WRC, but you still cannot deny the sheer efficiency with which Volkswagen has controlled the series for the past two years. As this post goes live, the cars will be somewhere out on the Hafren Sweet Lamb stage. Ominously, the three Polos topped the time sheets in Thursday’s shakedown, so we expect them to be near the front today. It also means we’ll be awaiting more Polo R WRCs covered in mud, like those in these pictures from Volkswagen Motorsport.
He might have only needed one point, but Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier wasted no time in wrapping up the WRC Driver’s title on his home turf.
With a third place on Rally France’s ‘Power Stage’ on the opening night of the event, Ogier cemented his grasp on his first World Rally Championship by making impossible for his nearest rival to mathematically beat him. With co-driver Julien Ingrassia alongside him, Ogier did just enough to end Sebastien Loeb’s grip on the trophy which has lasted for the past nine seasons.
By this time tomorrow we could see the World Rally Championship mathematically won by Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier on home soil tarmac at Rally France.
Unlike most rounds of the World Rally Championship, Rally France will open with the ‘Power Stage’ which gives drivers the chance to win additional championship points. With Ogier needing just one point to claim the Drivers’ title, third place in tomorrow’s Power Stage would be all he needs to make his championship lead unbeatable.
Victory on the 4.55 km Strasbourg special stage would also give Ogier the green light to go into battle against that other rallying Sebastien, nine-time title winner Loeb, competing in what is expected to be his last WRC event. Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito has told the media that “we no longer need Séb to play it safe to earn more points” due VW’s convincing 48-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship. Ogier is certainly fired up for a weekend fighting Loeb in the Alsace, saying that his perfect weekend would be to “win the championship title and then come out on top in the duel with Loeb.”
So, in 24 hours time, we could see a new World Rally Champion continuing the theme of the Drivers’ title being won by a Frenchman named Seb. Just this time he’ll be behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo R WRC. EngageSportMode will be watching with bated breath to see if the 6R Polo can confirm its WRC credentials, so check back soon for news on whether Ogier succeeded in wrapping up the 2013 title.
Continuing the Volkswagen Motorsport domination of the 2013 World Rally Championship the team, and Sebastien Ogier, can now add Finland to those already notched up.
Ogier had finished day one of the rally in second place, but made his move on Friday to stake out a 38 second lead going into today’s final stages. He showed no sign of slowing down, claiming a further brace of stage wins, including the legendary Ouninpohja test.
To celebrate, here’s a photo of Ogier getting some serious air in the Polo R WRC earlier: