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The legendary Volkswagen starts the WRC with a

— Start of the World Volkswagen ready for the Rally Carlo

— Tricky selection on asphalt, ice and snow

Three Polo R WRCs for with Ogier, Latvala and at the wheel

From the hunter to the Volkswagen’s mission to defend its in the FIA World Rally Championship opens with a genuine classic at the Rally Monte as the “Monte” is the oldest rally in the From 14 to 19 January, the French of Sébastien Ogier and Julien will line up for the first as defending World Champions in the Driver and Co-Driver competitions. with team-mates Jari-Matti Anttila (FIN/FIN), they are the to beat in the Manufacturers’ Championship, in they can also count on assistance from Andreas Markkula (N/FIN). The first of the 13 on the 2014 calendar is immediately one of the nuts to crack in the WRC. unpredictable conditions and 15 testing stages on asphalt, ice and snow in the Maritime Alps, not to mention stages and temperatures well freezing – the Rally Monte is one of the greatest challenges in motorsport.

“We up at the Rally Monte Carlo start number 1 on one of our Polo R for the first time,” said Motorsport Director Jost “This honour is reserved for the Champion, and is something we are very of. However, this does not that we will be arrogant or this season – particularly not at the ‘Monte’. We will approach it the greatest respect, maximum and absolute commitment. It is easier to win a Championship title than it is to it. And that is our goal. The 2014 will give us the first of where we stand compared to the opposition. We are looking forward to

Victory at the “Monte” – a question of

Formula One Grand Prix in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Indianapolis the Rally Dakar and the Rally Carlo – they are the five prestigious motorsport competitions in the This year’s “Monte”, as the of all WRC rallies is affectionately known by features four former Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, now for Volkswagen, won in 2009. They followed in 2010 by Mikko Lehtinen, who will race for in 2014, and fellow Ford Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri who in 2011. However, all three of duos are missing the icing on the – their victories all came in the IRC Rally Challenge) in a car complying the Super 2000 regulations. A win in the World Rally Championship? old hand François Delecour France – also in action for in 2014 – can boast one of those.

New new challenge

A new sporting format and a new – the 2014 World Rally season has a number of new features for and competitors alike. The previous procedure at gravel rallies is Instead, the starting order now be based on the current World standings. Detailed amendments also been made to the allowing competitors to return Rally2 regulations.

Over the of the season, the itineraries for the rounds of the Rally Championship will be In the future, the rallies will all with the start ceremony on and end with Sunday’s final at about midday. The final stage will always the so-called Power Stage, in bonus points are up for grabs in the and Co-Drivers’ Championship for the first cars. However, the “Monte” is an to the rule when it comes to the it ends with the final stage – “Sospel – Breil-sur-Roya” – in the on Saturday evening.

Home race for Sébastien – Gap hosts “Monte” start

banker? Well, there can be no doubting that this is a race for one man. The Rally Carlo begins in the birthplace of the World Rally Champion – in The town, with a population of hosts the opening two days of the before the WRC circus heads to For Sébastien Ogier, this both an extra incentive and a extra pressure. Scores of and family are expected in his home to support the Volkswagen works at the start of the “Monte”.

Ice spies and tactics – skill and flair are the of the day in the Alps

Rain in the Service dry conditions at the start of the stage, in the middle and ice at the end – the standard madness at the Monte Carlo. Selecting the tyres for a loop consisting of special stages is a real Winter tyres with and spikes, soft and super-soft are available to the drivers, who can call on the information they receive their trusted ice spies. in the World Rally Championship is it important for the weather crew to be coordinated and communicate clearly at the legendary “Monte”.

15 special over 380 kilometres, two Service

The Rally Monte Carlo winds its way through the French Alps and thus through the of the principality. The mother of all the stages on the rally promises to be the special between Vitrolles and Faye. At kilometres, it is one of the longest on the WRC calendar. The stage, from Sospel to will also play a role. Its 16.55 kilometres the Power Stage. The fastest cars here will bonus points towards the The anomaly: starting at just nine o’clock in the evening, the Stage at the “Monte” will place in the dark. The Service are another anomaly: the cars be maintained in Gap on the opening two days of the with the harbour in Monaco – a throw from the famous corner from the Formula One Prix – providing the backdrop to the Service Park on the final two

Quotes ahead of the Rally Carlo

Sébastien Ogier, Polo R WRC #1

“Our main is obviously to defend the title. It is easy to win a title, but successfully it is even more difficult. I am that the other teams put us under pressure. However, I am about the new season on the back of a successful 2013. We have small improvements to the Polo R For example, it is now even more A new manufacturer is joining the series in in the form of Hyundai, and this make the competition even That is what I am really forward to in Monte Carlo. I am pleased that the ‘Monte’ start from my home of Gap this year. That is an incentive for me to be the fastest come the end of the

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen R WRC #2

“For me, the start of the new season is a different situation to one year Back then, both the and the car were new to us. We are now familiar with However, the first rally of the in Monte Carlo is always a I will try to finish in the top five at the The Rally Monte Carlo is an unusual rally. Tyres play a major role, as the Park is not located in the mountains. As you have to speculate on what the will be like up there. The features 30-kilometre special on which you are driving on dry asphalt for 20 and ice for the remaining ten. 20 kilometres of on spikes is just as awkward as 10 of ice on slicks. Choosing the right is the biggest challenge. Do you opt for snow with spikes, snow without spikes, super-soft or soft slicks? You have to the perfect compromise between four options.”

Andreas Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9

“The goal is to claim the odd podium in 2014. This is only my ‘Monte’. I lined up there in and crashed out on the first special This means the ‘Monte’ is a new experience for me. As such, I will not put all my in one basket, but will take a cautious approach. My goal is to the rally and finish in the points. I did not at the ‘Monte’ last year, so my there are not as high as the rallies I in 2013. I would be happy to get the Rally Monte Carlo any mistakes this year.”

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Did you know …

… the Polo R WRC completed the special stage in its World history at the Rally Monte Sébastien Ogier caused a shock in winning last opening stage, “Le Moulinon”.

Rally Monte Carlo was not planned as a motorsport event? at the start of the 20th century, the of Monaco were looking to tourists to the Côte d’Azur in the months. It was for this reason Prince Albert I gave the light for the inaugural “Monte” in

… the first “Monte” in 1911 from Paris? 23 cars out from the French capital, the finish line in Monte 1,020 kilometres later.

… the winner of the “Monte” was Henri (F)? The cyclist, pilot and driver from Marseille the line first in his Turcat-Méry

… the first Rally Monte was not just about speed? the time spent driving, a was also on hand to judge the and comfort of the cars, as well as condition when they the finish.

The numbers for the Rally Carlo: “15”, “17”,

Chassis number 15, 17 and 18 will be at the Rally Monte Carlo for the R WRCs driven by Andreas Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti This is already the sixth for chassis number 15, with Andreas Mikkelsen made his debut in the World Rally in Portugal last season. The then used the same in Greece, Finland, France and Britain. Chassis number 17 was run on asphalt by Sébastien Ogier in – in Germany and France. Jari-Matti will take his place in number 18 for the second time, previously used it at the Rally

FIA World Rally Championship 2013 final standings


1. Sébastien Ogier, 290 2. Thierry Neuville, 176; 3. Latvala, 162; 4. Mikko 126; 5. Daniel Sordo, 6. Mads Østberg, 102; 7. Novikov, 69; 8. Sébastien Loeb, 68; 9. Prokop, 63; 10. Andreas Mikkelsen, 50; 11. Al-Attiyah, 30; 12. Elfyn Evans, 20; 13. Kubica, 18; 14. Bryan Bouffier, 10; 15. Hänninen, 8; 16. Chris Atkinson, 8; 17. Ketomaa, 8; 18. Hayden Paddon, 8; 19. Kosciuszko, 7; 20. Ken Block, 6; 21. Khalid Al 5; 22. Sepp Wiegand, 4; 23. Per-Gunnar 4; 24. Benito Guerra, 4; 25. Henning 4; 26. Nathan Quinn, 4; 27. Olivier 2; 28. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, 2; 29. Yazeed Al 1; 30. Esapekka Lappi, 1; 31. Romain 1; 32. Mark Higgins, 1.


1. Volkswagen Motorsport, 425; 2. Total Abu Dhabi World Team, 280; 3. Qatar World Rally Team, 4. Qatar World Rally 184; 5. Jipocar Czech Team, 65; 6. Abu Dhabi Citroën World Rally Team, 63; 7. Motorsport II, 50; 8. Lotos Team 20.

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