Volkswagen and the WRC
The FIA World Rally Championship is the crown jewel of motorsport. In 2016, the series is taking place for the 44th time – with Volkswagen as the defending champion of multiple titles. Sébastien Ogier was World Champion with the Polo R WRC in 2013, 2014 and 2015; Volkswagen Motorsport took first place in the manufacturers’ championship.
Defending the title in 2016 is a particular challenge for Volkswagen. Ogier has to go first in the race on the first two days of each rally, and that's a big disadvantage on the gravel courses of Mexico, Argentina and Sardinia, and especially at the Rally Poland, which was literally inundated with mud at the beginning of July. Nevertheless, Ogier has a commanding lead at the halfway stage of the championship – leading two other Volkswagen drivers, Andreas Mikkelsen (ranked second) and Jari-Matti Latvala (ranked fourth). The title will be decided at the upcoming asphalt races in Germany (August), China (September) and Corsica (October), then in Spain and Wales (both in October) before the final race in Australia (18–20 November).
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