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29 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Olé! Ogier takes victory and 2014 WRC Drivers’ Championship title at Rally Spain

2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Rally Spain: Ogier/Ingrassia

After his disappointing 13th place at Rally France, Sébastien Ogier was once again celebrating at Rally Spain. Taking a double win, the Frenchman celebrated both event and Drivers’ Championship victories with his co-driver Julien Ingrassia.

Once again, the duo clinched the series win before the end of the season, just as in 2013. The defending champions have driven to 7 victories in the 2014 season, with one round – November’s Wales Rally GB – still to go.

It’s a successful story all round, as Volkswagen Motorsport can celebrate its three drivers – Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are team-mates to Ogier – being the top three drivers in the championship, too.

The 383km Rally Spain (24-26 October) was the eleventh 2014 win for Volkswagen Motorsport and the 23rd of Ogier and Ingrassia’s career. The pair are the only the fourth duo since 1977 to have defended their title successfully and are the eighth twosome to become double world rally champions.

Ogier was more than a little ecstatic: ‘It’s a fantastic feeling to become world champion for a second time! I’m over the moon, it was a real battle to defend the title. In particular, my team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala showed an incredibly strong performance in the last few months.

‘Big thanks to our fantastic team at Volkswagen. Not just for giving us a fantastic car throughout the season. But also for the unique solidarity that we have.

‘It doesn’t matter whether things are going well or badly – the team stands by every driver crew and that is extremely motivating. I’m happy and proud to be part of this team.’

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28 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Ignatov takes 2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia title at Rally Tmutarakan

2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Rally Tmutarakan: Ignatov

The final event of the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia calendar, the Rally Tmutarakan was won by newcomer Denis Rostilov, ahead of Yury Uryukov and Andrey Vavilin. The eight-stage, 112km event saw Alexey Ignatov finish fourth which was enough to see him take the 2014 drivers’ title.

Ignatov struggled with tyre trouble on his Polo, but his rival Arkady Bogomolov also had problems with the gearbox on his car, leaving the title challenger to finish in sixth place. A total of eight teams lined up to compete in the final rally of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia season.

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23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Marklund Motorsport leads World RX teams’ points after World RX of Turkey

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

The penultimate round of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship in Instanbul, Turkey on 11-12 October saw strong performances from Polo RX drivers Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen and Anton Marklund, taking Marklund Motorsport to the top of the series’ team standings.

Heikkinen’s drive in his 500bhp Polo RX saw him hold on to second place in the Drivers’ Championship. His command over four gripping heats and battles with Timmy Hansen’s Peugeot 208 RX saw the young Finn score enough points to see him defend his runner-up position.

Former WRC ace Petter Solberg has already been crowned 2014 champion.

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

2014 Volkswagen Polo RX, World RX of Turkey: Marklund and Heikkinen

‘Volkswagen Marklund are now leading the teams’ standings by four points – we’ve been tied at the top on two separate occasions this year but now we are leading it by ourselves,’ explained Heikkinen.

‘My driving hasn’t been perfect this weekend, I made a few small mistakes but I’m happy to have got some crucial points for the team.’

Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Andreas Bakkerud was the overall winner of the World RX of Turkey. With Ford, Peugeot and Volkswagen all represented on the podium, the fight for the first ever Teams’ Championship will now be decided at the final round in San Luis, Argentina, on 28-29 November.

2014 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Petter Solberg, 250

2 Toomas Heikkinen, 200

3 Reinis Nitiss, 182
4 Timmy Hansen, 179

5 Andreas Bakkerud, 173
6 Anton Marklund, 159

2014 FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP,

TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS


1 Volkswagen Marklund, 359
2 Ford Olsbergs MSE, 355

3 Team Peugeot-Hansen, 335

4 PSRX, 237
5 Monster Energy World RX Team, 102

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22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Weijs Jnr puts Polo on the
podium at 2014 Polokwane Rally

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

Following on from a top five finish at the Toyota Dealer Cape Rally, Hans Weijs Jnr and Hans van Goor claimed a podium spot for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team at the Polokwane Rally.

A second place was due reward for the pair at the penultimate round of the South African National Rally Championship, which took place in Limpopo Province from 17-18 October.

A mix of rocky conditions and tight corners made the two-day, 11-stage Polokwane Rally tough. Weather varied from cold and windy on day one, to hot and sunny on day two.

New co-driver van Goor stepped in for Björn Degandt at the last minute, making Weijs Jnr’s rally that little more challenging.

‘The result is good for the team and good for us as well,’ said a pleased Weijs. ‘Hans did a good job for Volkswagen Sasolracing at short notice and it is nice to be back on the podium.

‘This means we are in a strong position for the final result this season. It is a pity that Björn missed this event, our best finish of the year so far.’

It was good news for Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin, too, who finished fourth overall and third in the S2000 category, their first S2000 podium result of the season.

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Weijs Jnr/Van Goor

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Zulu/Peskin

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Lategan/White

2014 Volkswagen Polo S2000, Polokwane Rally: Lategan/White

‘It is always a good feeling to produce strong results,’ said Zulu. ‘The Volkswagen Sasolracing team does a lot of work behind the scenes in preparing the cars and it is nice to express our appreciation for their effort by delivering strong rally performances.’

It wasn’t the same fortunate story for Henk Lategan and Barry White, as technical problems prevented them from taking the finish.

‘Henk and Barry showed good pace at the event,’ said Mike Rowe, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport. ‘It is unfortunate that small issues kept them away from the finish, their opening at this event had them on track for a very strong finish.’

Over all though, he was pleased with his team’s performance. ‘This is an excellent result for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team. These are the results we’ve been working hard to achieve and it is good to be back on the podium.’

‘For Volkswagen Motorsport the spirit of competition is as important as winning,’ he continued. ‘We were able to provide a top-notch navigator to a rival, keeping the excitement of rallying alive for the rally fans.’

Other Polo finishers included Paulus Franken and Henry Kohne who came second in the S1600 class and seventh overall; 10th place S1600 Polo drivers Andrew Heine and Robbie Coetzee; 13th place Marko Himmel and Francois Schoonbee; and AC Potgieter and Tommy du Toit who finished one place behind.

The final rally in the SANRC is the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally on 21 and 22 November, which takes place in the Northwest region.

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10 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Viva la Vivo! Volkswagen Polo Vivo is the best-selling car in South Africa again

2014 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Volkswagen Polo Vivo once again claimed its best-selling car in South Africa crown last month. A total of 4263 Polo Vivos found new homes in September 2014, no doubt buoyed by the launch of a refreshed model.

The recently revamped fifth-generation Polo (6R) was in the top three, too, sitting in third place with 2152 units sold. A total of 5726 Polo 6Rs were also exported from Volkswagen South Africa’s Uitenhage factory.

Sandwiched in-between the Polo Vivo and Polo was the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest, selling 2320 examples, according to the figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).

The Polo Vivo was launched in March 2010 as an entry-level model for the South African market, replacing the Series 1 Golf-based CitiGolf, and is available as a three or five-door hatchback and four-door booted saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines.

Costing from R142,700 for the base-model 1.4 Conceptline hatchback to R180,900 for the top 1.6 Polo Maxx, the 2014 Polo Vivo is based on the revised version of the Series 4 Polo (9N3), built from 2005 to 2009.

A new version of the fifth-generation Polo (6R) is now available as a three and five-door hatch, in addition to the four-door Polo Sedan.

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