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2014-02-03 08:54

VW R WRC: Volkswagen is looking for success at rally Sweden with both sets of driver's confident of winning the rally. Image: Newspress

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Sebastien Ogier blundered on tyre choice and crashed into a wall during the opening stage of 2014 World Rally championship in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

KARLSTAD, Sweeden - Volkswagen lined up at Rally Sweden brimming with confidence and fully motivated to continue its run of success.

 From February 5-9 2014, Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula will take on classic special stages like 'Fredriksberg' and 'Ramme, as well as tacking the iconic 'Colin’s Crest' jump.

Sideways over ice and snow, and through dense forests at an average speed of 110km/h, Rally Sweden will be the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship will take place. Volkswagen arrived with its three Polo R WRCs in Karlstad as defending champion in the driver, co-driver and manufacturer competitions, but also as the leader in all three categories in the WRC.

'FULL THROTTLE'

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito said: “Icy temperatures of ten, even 20 degrees below freezing – and yet everyone here at Volkswagen still gets a warm feeling in their heart when we think about Sweden.

“This is where we won our first WRC rally with the Polo, which came as a complete shock to us all back then. You never forget emotional moments like those. The fact that we start the rally here in 2014 as World championship leaders and defending champions means we are the team to beat right from the word go, but it also provides our drivers, co-drivers, engineers and mechanics with twice the motivation.

"The Rally of Sweden is very special, as it is the only rally on the WRC calendar held entirely on ice and snow. There is just one option when it comes to tyre selection, so tactics do not come into it. Right from the start it is all about one thing: full throttle.

"We are really looking forward to it.”
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