The Volkswagen team of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (FRA/FRA) took a major step toward the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) title by winning the Rallye de France in Corsica. This was the 36th career victory for the three-time WRC champions, who left hardly a chance for the competition. Second place was taken by Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (B/B) in a Hyundai, and third place by their teammates Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jæger (NOR/NOR). Ogier (32) took the lead in the first stage already, and built a 46.4-second advantage against the clock after 390 kilometers. “We were absolutely set on winning our home rally this weekend,” said Frenchman Ogier after the award ceremony. “It’s the first victory for Julien and me at a world championship race in Corsica, and it feels great.”
The win enabled the Volkswagen duo to extend their lead in the WRC driver and co-driver competition to 68 points. The only remaining two contestants for the title at the next WRC event in Spain (October 14-16) will be the Mikkelsen/Jæger and Neuville/Gilsoul teams. The third Volkswagen duo of Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) finished the Rallye de France in fourth place – but is no longer in the running for the title. A third-place finish in Spain would be enough for Ogier and Ingrassia to clinch the WRC championship for the fourth time in a row.