Sebastien Ogier won the Rally Sweden at the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo WRC, the first win for Volkswagen’s works team since its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship.
In only its second competitive outing, the 315-hp WRC car triumphed on ice and snow in Sweden against strong contenders, including nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb.
Loeb eventually ended the rally 41.8 seconds behind his fellow Frenchman, with Ford’s Mads Ostberg third and Jari-Matti Latvala finishing fourth in the second Polo R WRC to complete an outstanding team result for Volkswagen.
For Ogier, his eight rally win is even more important given the fact that he is only the second central European driver to triumph at the Rally Sweden since 1950. Up until now, the event had been won almost exclusively by Nordic drivers, with only Sebastien Loeb breaking the tradition in 2004.
Sebastien Ogier also won the so-called Power Stage, which is making its first appearance this season, to move ahead in the overall WRC standings. Extra World Championship points are up for grabs for the drivers finishing first, second and third. Ogier now leads the Drivers’ Championship, three points ahead of Loeb.
The next round of the World Rally Championship takes place from 7th to 10th March in Mexico, with the rally centred around León.