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.