Volkswagen has been performing really well at the 2014 season of the FIA World Rally Championship. On the first weekend of the new season, Sebastian Ogier along with Julien Ingrassia recorded a season-opening victory for team Volkswagen at the challenging track of Monte Carlo.
Coming as no surprise, Volkswagen’s Sebastien Ogier has bagged another win and this time it was in Portugal. Winning the Rally de Portugal, the talented driver has registered his fourth win in Algarve. Earlier, the driver has won the same race also in 2013, 2011 and 2010. The latest win in Algarve is the third victory for Sebastian Ogier in the 2014 WRC season.
On the first day of the race Ogier was leading his rivals, however things didn’t end well for him and he finished third overall in the final stage on Friday. Fighting back the following day, Ogier retook the first position and managed to end five of the six stages by Saturday with an overall lead of 38.1 seconds.
On the final day of the race, constituted of just three races, Ogier performed really well and, with the Power Stage included, conquered a total of eight stages. This added three bonus points to the driver’s score card taking the total to 28 points.
The second position was taken by Hirvonen in his M-Sport car. The Finnish drove really well for the most part until Saturday afternoon, when he ran into tire wear issues which cost him some time. Although he came second overall, the driver performed the best on the final test of the day on Saturday. Following Ogier and Hirvonen was Norway’s Mads Ostberg who finished third in his Citroen DS3.
The fourth, fifth and sixth positions went to Andreas Mikkelsen, Henning Solberg and Thierry Neuville respectively.
Rally De Portugal WRC Results
- Sebastien Ogier (France) Volkswagen – 3hours 24m 38.7
- Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) Ford – +35.4sec
- Mads Ostberg (Norway) Citroen - +1:08.1
- Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) Volkswagen – +4:40.5
- Henning Solberg (Norway) Ford – +4:49.2
- Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai – +7:40.0
- Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) Ford – +8:01.1
- Juho Haenninen (Finland) Hyundai – +8:28.1
- Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) Ford – +9:49.7
- Jari Ketomaa (Finland) Ford – +10:00.5