Day 4 Into Tanzania; dust, punctures and too many tracks
Successful season draws to close with win number twelve: Volkswagen and Ogier victorious at the Rally Great Britain
Wolfsburg (15 November 2015). 26 podiums from 13 rallies, including twelve wins – the 2015 season will go down in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) history books as Volkswagen’s most successful to date. Three-time world champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) claimed their eighth win of the season with the World Rally Car from Wolfsburg. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene finished third to round off a positive end to the season. This was their ninth podium of the year – only Ogier/Ingrassia racked up more. The closing Power Stage went to Jari-Matti Latvala /Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) in the third Polo R WRC, who came away from an otherwise difficult rally with three bonus points – enough to secure second place in the World Championship. In extremely tricky conditions in the Welsh forests, and what proved to be a real mud bath, 15 of a possible 19 stage wins went to Volkswagen. This took the total to 504 of 717 stages since the 2013 season.
Van Niekerk/Snyman on a hat-trick…
Top South African rally privateers Japie van Niekerk and Gerhard Snyman will be going all out to retain their crown on the Total Tara rally, Namibia’s premier motorsport event, which takes place from November 19 to 21.
Furious Finale – Volkswagen set for spectacular rally showdown in Great Britain
May the best man win: Volkswagen lines up with three winning crews at WRC finale
Second place on the line for Latvala and Mikkelsen at rally classic
World champions* Ogier/Ingrassia set sights on hat-trick of wins at Rally GB
Botterill and Vacy-Lyle’s consistency and pace pays off again in competitive S1600 championship
It was a tough season and a tight battle in Class S1600 of the South African National Rally Championship, but in the end the pace and consistency of defending class champions Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle paid handsome dividends.