2014 TITLE FOR OGIER: French driver Sebastien Ogier (left) celebrates with co-driver Julien Ingrassia after winning the 50th Rally of Catalonia and retaining his WRC on Oct 26 2014. Image: AFP / Josep Lago
BARCELONA, Spain - France's
Sebastien Ogier took his second successive World Rally championship title for
Volkswagen on Sunday (Oct 27 2014) by winning the Rally of Spain.
Ogier led led for most of the
four-day event and beat Finnish team mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 11.3sec to
retain the title with one round remaining.
The Frenchman, now the eighth man to
win multiple championship titles but only the fifth to claim consecutive titles,
now has 242 points to Latvala's 211.
VW EQUALS RECORD
The 30-year-old's only difficult
moment came on Saturday when he was forced to drive 20km with a damaged tyre
but he held on to register the 23rd victory of his career.
The win was VW’s 11th of the season
and equalled the record set by Citroen in 2005 and 2008.
"It was my target at the start
of the year to prove my title last year wasn't a one-off and I've done
it," said Ogier. "I'm so happy. It's been a fantastic weekend. It was
tough, I was pushing so hard on Day 1 and then it was a long two days on tarmac
where I had to watch Jari-Matti flying.
"I had to be clever and watch
him all the time. The car has been fantastic all weekend. Big thanks to VW for giving me such fantastic tools.
"That was the target of the
season definitely - to prove that the first was no one-off. It's everything I
Result from the Rally of Spain on Sunday
1 Sebastien Ogier
(France) Volkswagen 3hr46min44.6
2 Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) Volkswagen +11.3sec
3 Mikko Hirvonen
(Finland) Ford +1min42.2
4 Mads Ostberg
(Norway) Citroen +2min13.3
5 Daniel Sordo
(Spain) Hyundai +2min22.2
6 Thierry Neuville
(Belgium) Hyundai +4min01.0
7 Andreas Mikkelsen
(Norway) Volkswagen +4min02.9
8 Martin Prokop
(Czech Republic) Ford +8min06.8
9 Hayden Paddon (New
Zealand) Hyundai +9min12.4
10 Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) Ford +12min39.8