FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Rally Germany: highs and lows for Volkswagen at home rally

Volkswagen missed out on a podium finish in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for the first time this season. At Volkswagen’s home race, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) were the best performers for the Wolfsburg-based team with a seventh-place finish, after they had previously slid from the track in a leading position on the third of four days of racing. Having been forced to retire, they resumed on Sunday in accordance with Rally2 regulations. Their team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) also had to park up when they were leading on Friday. Resuming under the Rally2 regulations, the World Championship leader was still able to pick up three bonus points for recording the fastest time in the concluding Power Stage. At the upcoming Rally Australia, Ogier/Ingrassia have a second chance to secure the Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ Championship title, providing they can extend their overall lead from 75 to 84 points. The Polo R WRC, which was making its first appearance at this purely asphalt-based rally, clocked the fastest time in eight of the fifteen stages for Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Castrol Cup Poland
Lisowski celebrates start-to-finish victory in rainy Spielberg

A victory and a second-place finish extend Lisowski’s lead at the top of the overall standings: Mateusz Lisowski (PL) almost had the perfect race weekend at the Red Bull Ring in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup Poland. Starting from pole in race one, the Championship leader dominated a race marked by several retirements and rainy conditions, collecting his fifth win of the season. In race two, he ‘only’ managed second place, after being edged out by Maciej Steinhof (PL). Both drivers have previously competed in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. With four races left to go, Lisowski has extended his lead at the top of the overall standings with these impressive results.

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Baumgartner, Naujoks, Sander and co. guests at the WRC

The Rally Germany, Volkswagen’s home rally and the FIA World Rally Championship’s ninth race of the season, attracted many famous visitors. These included the actors Ingo Naujoks and Erol Sander, presenter Andrea Kaiser, TV chef Mario Kotaska and extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner. The Austrian skydiver had reason to be happy, when Volkswagen boss Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser presented him with a 340-horsepower Volkswagen Touareg that boasts a 4.2-litre eight-cylinder engine.

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