Volkswagen Motorsport

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Volkswagen Motorsport
Volkswagen Motorsport WRC Team 2015 001.jpg
Full name Volkswagen Motorsport
Base Germany Hannover, Germany
Team principal(s) Germany Jost Capito
Technical director Germany Willy Rampf
Drivers Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
France Sébastien Ogier
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Co-drivers Finland Miikka Anttila
France Julien Ingrassia
Norway Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag
Chassis Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Tyres M Michelin
World Rally Championship career
Debut 2011
Constructors' Championships 4 (2013, 2014, 2015), 2016)
Drivers' Championships 4 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Rally wins 44

The Volkswagen Motorsport is a works rally team of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, whom competed in the World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally.

The team started competing in WRC in 1978 and used different specs of Volkswagen Golfs before leaving the sport in 1990. Volkswagen competed at the Dakar Rally from 2003 to 2011, claiming three overall wins. The team made its WRC comeback in 2011 Rally Finland with a pair of Škoda Fabia S2000s, and competed with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC from the start of the 2013 World Rally Championship season to the end of the 2016 World Rally Championship season.

At the end of the 2016 season, Volkswagen Motorsport decided to withdraw from the FIA World Rally Championship. [1]

History[edit]

Dakar (2003-2011)[edit]

In 2003, Volkswagen entered the Tarek 2WD buggy at the Dakar Rally, with Stéphane Henrard placing 6th outright. The Race Touareg 1 was introduced in 2004, when Bruno Saby binished 6th. In 2005, Jutta Kleinschmidt finished in 3rd overall. With the Race Touareg 2, Giniel de Villiers finished in 2nd place overall in 2006. In 2007, Mark Miller finished 4th overall. Volkswagen won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Dakar Rally, the latter with the Race Touareg 3, with drivers De Villiers, Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

2011–2012[edit]

In 2011 Volkswagen competed with seven different drivers in four rallies (Rally Finland, Rallye Deutschland, Rally Catalunya and Wales Rally GB). German Christian Riedemann was the only driver competing in two rallies.

In November 2011, the team revealed they have made a multi-year contract with the French rally star Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia.

For 2012 season, Volkswagen Motorsport continued developing their Polo R World Rally Car and they also completed a full WRC-campaign (except New Zealand) with a pair of Škoda Fabias. Sébastien Ogier drove it in every round of the campaign, while the second car was shared between Andreas Mikkelsen and Kevin Abbring. The team had a third car in their home rally Germany driven by Sepp Wiegand.

The season included some highlights, including Sébastien Ogier's unexpected special stage win in Sardinia. Ogier's fifth place in Sardinia also remains the best ever overall finish for a S2000 car in World Rally Championship.[2]

In October, Volkswagen Motorsport announced that they have signed Jari-Matti Latvala with his co-driver Miikka Anttila to join Ogier and Ingrassia to drive Volkswagen Polo R WRC for 2013 season.[3]

2013[edit]

Volkswagen Motorsport entered as a fully-fledged manufacturer team in 2013. Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala started the season, whilst Andreas Mikkelsen joined the championship at the fourth round in Portugal. Mikkelsen and his new co-driver Mikko Markkula were registered under a second manufacturer team, known as “Volkswagen Motorsport II” so as to give them as much time as possible testing the Polo R WRC.[4]

The 2013 season started with Rallye Monte-Carlo. Volkswagen entered the rally with two cars, Latvala/Anttila and Ogier/Ingrassia. Ogier started their campaign with a dream start by winning the very first stage of the season, and the first of Volkswagen Polo R WRC.[5] Ogier won one more stage and finished the rally in second place, nearly two minutes behind the winner Sébastien Loeb. Jari-Matti Latvala's rally ended in last evening of the rally when he hit the wall in slippery conditions.

The team took its first WRC victory in their second rally with the World Rally Car, when Sébastien Ogier dominated the Rally Sweden being fastest in half of the stages of the rally.[6] Jari-Matti Latvala finished fourth, and also scored his first stage win with the team.

Ogier continued his dominance at the next event in Rally Mexico, giving the team its second victory in a row. Ogier won 16 out of 23 stages and lead the rally from the second stage till the finish. Latvala hit a rock in SS2 and after restarting in Day 2 he eventually finished outside of the points. That meant Volkswagen was still 6 points behind Citroën in Manufacturers' standings before moving on to Rally de Portugal.[7]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

WRC victories[edit]

No. Season Rally Driver Co-driver Car
1 1987 Ivory Coast 19ème Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Sweden Kenneth Eriksson West Germany Peter Diekmann Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
2 2013 Sweden 61st Rally Sweden France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
3 Mexico 27º Rally México France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
4 Portugal 47º Rally de Portugal France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
5 Greece 59th Acropolis Rally Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
6 Italy 10º Rally Italia Sardegna France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
7 Finland 63rd Rally Finland France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
8 Australia 22nd Rally Australia France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
9 France Rallye de France – Alsace 2013 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
10 Spain 49º Rally Catalunya France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
11 United Kingdom 69th Wales Rally GB France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
12 2014 Monaco 82ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
13 Sweden 62nd Rally Sweden Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
14 Mexico 28º Rally México France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
15 Portugal 48º Rally de Portugal France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
16 Argentina 34° Rally Argentina Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
17 Italy 11º Rally Italia Sardegna France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
18 Poland 71st Rally Poland France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
19 Finland 64th Rally Finland Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
20 Australia 23rd Rally Australia France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
21 France Rallye de France – Alsace 2014 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
22 Spain 50º Rally Catalunya France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
23 United Kingdom 70th Wales Rally GB France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
24 2015 Monaco 83ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
25 Sweden 63rd Rally Sweden France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
26 Mexico 29° Rally Guanajuato México France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
27 Portugal 49° Vodafone Rally de Portugal Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
28 Italy 12° Rally d'italia Sardegna France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
29 Poland 72nd LOTOS Rally Poland France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
30 Finland 65th Rally Finland Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
31 Germany 33. ADAC Rallye Deutschland France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
32 Australia 24th Coates Hire Rally Australia France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
33 France 58ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
34 Spain 51º Rally Catalunya Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene Volkswagen Polo R WRC
35 United Kingdom 71st Wales Rally GB France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
36 2016 Monaco 84ème Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
37 Sweden 64th Rally Sweden France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
38 Mexico 30º Rally Guanajuato México Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Volkswagen Polo R WRC
39 Poland 73rd Rally Poland Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Anders Jæger Volkswagen Polo R WRC
40 Germany 34. ADAC Rallye Deutschland France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
41 France 59ème Tour de Corse – Rallye de France France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
42 Spain 52º Rally RACC Catalunya – Costa Daurada France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
43 United Kingdom 72nd Wales Rally GB France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC
44 Australia 25th Rally Australia Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Anders Jæger Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Group 4[edit]

Year Entrant Car Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points WMC Points
1978 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI West Germany Jochi Kleint MON SWE KEN POR GRE FIN CAN ITA CIV FRA GBR
Ret
N/A 12th 17

Group A[edit]

Year Entrant Car Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points WMC Points
1982 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI Sweden Per Eklund MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL BRA FIN ITA
Ret
CIV GBR 5th* 57* 14th 14
1983 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI Sweden Kalle Grundel MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR
8
16th* 11* 8th 11
1984 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI Sweden Kalle Grundel MON
9
SWE
Ret
POR
7
KEN FRA
13
GRE
Ret
NZL ARG FIN
Ret
ITA
6
CIV GBR
Ret
18th 12 8th 34
1985 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI West Germany Jochi Kleint MON SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA
Ret
GRE
Ret
NZL ARG FIN
11
ITA
Ret
CIV GBR - 0 7th 29
Austria Franz Wittmann MON SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA
Ret
GRE
9
NZL ARG FIN
12
ITA
9
CIV GBR 50th 4
1986 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Sweden Kenneth Eriksson MON
9
SWE
7
POR
Ret
KEN
Ret
FRA
8
GRE
7
NZL
7
ARG
5
FIN
12
CIV ITA
5
GBR
11
USA 10th 25 3rd 65
Austria Franz Wittmann MON
10
SWE POR
Ret
KEN
12
FRA
Ret
GRE
9
NZL ARG
7
FIN CIV ITA GBR USA 35th 7
1987 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Sweden Kenneth Eriksson MON
5
SWE
8
POR
3
KEN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GRE
Ret
USA NZL
2
ARG
4
FIN CIV
1
ITA GBR 4th 70 4th 64
West Germany Erwin Weber MON
9
SWE POR
Ret
KEN
4
FRA GRE
6
USA NZL ARG
3
FIN CIV
3
ITA GBR 6th 44
1988 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Sweden Lars-Erik Torph MON SWE POR KEN
Ret
FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR 20th* 12* 11th 14
West Germany Erwin Weber MON SWE POR
7
KEN
Ret
FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR 50th 4
1989 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V Sweden Stig Blomqvist SWE MON POR KEN
3
FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV GBR 15th* 20* 9th 14
West Germany Erwin Weber SWE MON POR KEN
8
FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV GBR 58th 3
1990 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf Rallye G60 West Germany Erwin Weber MON POR KEN FRA GRE
Ret
NZL
3
ARG FIN AUS
EX
ITA CIV GBR 18th 12 10th 10

*Including points scored with different manufacturers.

JWRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 JWRC Points
2002 Volkswagen Racing Volkswagen Polo S1600 69 Finland Kosti Katajamäki MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
GRE
Ret
GER
6
ITA
Ret
GBR
Ret
17th 1
2003 Volkswagen Racing Volkswagen Polo S1600 54 Finland Kosti Katajamäki MON
EX
TUR
1
GRE
Ret
FIN
Ret
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
GBR
Ret
10th 10
62 Sweden Oscar Svedlund MON
Ret
TUR
Ret
GRE
5
FIN
8
ITA ESP
Ret
GBR
Ret
16th 5
78 Germany Vladan Vasiljevic MON
DSQ
TUR
Ret
GRE
Ret
FIN
Ret
ITA ESP GBR - 0

S-WRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
2011 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 Finland Joonas Lindroos SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN
Ret
- 0
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN
Ret
- 0
Netherlands Hans Weijs, Jr. GER
13
AUS FRA - 0
Germany Christian Riedemann GER
15
AUS FRA ESP
20
- 0
Spain Yeray Lemes ESP
14
- 0
Netherlands Kevin Abbring GBR
12
- 0
Germany Sepp Wiegand GBR
Ret
- 0
2012 Volkswagen Motorsport Škoda Fabia S2000 France Sébastien Ogier MON
Ret
SWE
11
MEX
8
POR
7
ARG
7
GRE
7
NZL FIN
10
GER
6
GBR
12
FRA
11
ITA
5
ESP
Ret
10th 41
Netherlands Kevin Abbring MON
12
MEX
Ret
POR
DNS
GBR
25
- 0
Norway Andreas Mikkelsen SWE
13
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
NZL FIN
27
GER
7
FRA
12
ITA
7
ESP
21
14th 13
Germany Sepp Wiegand GER
Ret
- 0

WRC[edit]

Year Entrant Car No. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points WMC Points
2013 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC 7 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
Ret
SWE
4
MEX
16
POR
3
ARG
3
GRE
1
ITA
3
FIN
17
GER
7
AUS
4
FRA
3
ESP
2
GBR
2
3rd 162 1st 425
8 France Sébastien Ogier MON
2
SWE
1
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
2
GRE
10
ITA
1
FIN
1
GER
17
AUS
1
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 290
Volkswagen Motorsport II 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen POR
6
ARG
8
GRE
4
ITA
Ret
FIN
10
GER
WD
AUS
6
FRA
7
ESP
Ret
GBR
5
10th 50 7th 50
2014 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC 1 France Sébastien Ogier MON
1
SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
1
ARG
2
ITA
1
POL
1
FIN
2
GER
Ret
AUS
1
FRA
13
ESP
1
GBR
1
1st 267 1st 447
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
5
SWE
1
MEX
2
POR
14
ARG
1
ITA
3
POL
5
FIN
1
GER
Ret
AUS
2
FRA
1
ESP
2
GBR
8
2nd 218
Volkswagen Motorsport II 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen MON
7
SWE
2
MEX
19
POR
4
ARG
4
ITA
4
POL
2
FIN
4
GER
3
AUS
3
FRA
2
ESP
7
GBR
Ret
3rd 150 5th 133
2015 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC 1 France Sébastien Ogier MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
1
ARG
17
POR
2
ITA
1
POL
1
FIN
2
GER
1
AUS
1
FRA
15
ESP
Ret
GBR
1
1st 238 1st 413
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
2
SWE
Ret
MEX
15
ARG
Ret
POR
1
ITA
6
POL
5
FIN
1
GER
2
AUS
2
FRA
1
ESP
2
GBR
50
2nd 183
Volkswagen Motorsport II 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen MON
3
SWE
3
MEX
3
ARG
Ret
POR
3
ITA
36
POL
2
FIN
Ret
GER
3
AUS
4
FRA
3
ESP
1
GBR
3
3rd 171 5th 131
2016 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC 1 France Sébastien Ogier MON
1
SWE
1
MEX
2
ARG
2
POR
3
ITA
3
POL
6
FIN
24
GER
1
CHN
C
FRA
1
ESP
1
GBR
1
AUS
2
1st 268 1st 355
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala MON
Ret
SWE
26
MEX
1
ARG
16
POR
6
ITA
2
POL
5
FIN
2
GER
48
CHN
C
FRA
4
ESP
14
GBR
7
AUS
9
6th 112
Volkswagen Motorsport II 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen MON
2
SWE
4
MEX
Ret
ARG
3
POR
2
ITA
13
POL
1
FIN
7
GER
4
CHN
C
FRA
3
ESP
Ret
GBR
12
AUS
1
3rd 154 3rd 163

* Season still in progress.

Dakar Rally results[edit]

Year Class No Driver Co-Driver Position Stages won
2003 Cars 215 Belgium Stéphane Henrard United Kingdom Bobby Willis 6th 1
203 Germany Jutta Kleinschmidt Italy Fabrizia Pons 8th 0
2004 204 Germany Jutta Kleinschmidt Italy Fabrizia Pons 21st 1
224 France Bruno Saby United Kingdom Matthew Stevenson 6th 0
2005 307 France Bruno Saby France Michel Périn 5th 2
310 Germany Jutta Kleinschmidt Italy Fabrizia Pons 3rd 1
313 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Repo DNF 0
317 United States Robby Gordon Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 12th 2
2006 301 France Bruno Saby France Michel Périn 8th 0
303 Germany Jutta Kleinschmidt Italy Fabrizia Pons DNF 0
305 South Africa Giniel de Villiers Sweden Tina Thörner 2nd 1
307 Spain Carlos Sainz Germany Andreas Schulz 11th 4
309 United States Mark Miller Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 5th 0
2007 301 South Africa Giniel de Villiers Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 11th 4
303 Spain Carlos Sainz France Michel Périn 9th 5
305 United States Mark Miller South Africa Ralph Pitchford 4th 0
308 Finland Ari Vatanen Italy Fabrizia Pons DNF 0
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Cars 301 Spain Carlos Sainz France Michel Périn DNF 6
305 South Africa Giniel de Villiers Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 1st 4
307 Germany Dieter Depping Germany Timo Gottschalk 6th 0
308 United States Mark Miller South Africa Ralph Pitchford 2nd 0
2010 300 South Africa Giniel de Villiers Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 7th 0
303 Spain Carlos Sainz France Michel Périn 1st 2
305 United States Mark Miller South Africa Ralph Pitchford 3rd 4
306 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Germany Timo Gottschalk 2nd 4
2011 300 Spain Carlos Sainz Spain Lucas Cruz 3rd 7
302 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Germany Timo Gottschalk 1st 4
304 United States Mark Miller South Africa Ralph Pitchford 6th 0
308 South Africa Giniel de Villiers Germany Dirk von Zitzewitz 2nd 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WRC. "VOLKSWAGEN IS TO WITHDRAW FROM THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE END OF THE CURRENT SEASON AND TURN ITS RALLYING FOCUS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A POLO R5 CAR FOR CUSTOMER USE.". Retrieved 2 Nov 2016. 
  2. ^ "Volkswagen driver Sébastien Ogier surprises WRC rivals". vw-motorsport.de. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Volkswagen signs Jari-Matti Latvala". vw-motorsport.de. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Volkswagen registers second team for Mikkelsen". WRC.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "SS1: Ogier claims maiden stage win for Volkswagen". WRC.com. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "WRC wrap: Ogier triumphs on snow". WRC.com. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "WRC wrap: Ogier reigns supreme". WRC.com. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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