Volkswagen takes the stage once more at the World Rally Championship as Jari-Matti Latvala secures his first WRC win with the German automaker at the Acropolis Rally in Greece last weekend, joined by Citroen’s Dani Sordo and M-Sport Ford’s Thierry Neuville on the podium. Giving out an outstanding performance to stand out from the other competitors, this is the Polo R’s fourth win in just six rounds.
“This is my number one with VW and it feels amazing. We managed to get a nice win here and it is great to see all the team smiling”, said the 18-year-old who finished the three-day, 306.53km race one minute 50 seconds ahead from the second place winner.
His teammate Sebastien Ogier at the mean time is not having the best of times as he suffered a fuel feed problem on the very first stage. This only allowed the championship leader to finish in tenth place after rejoining under the Rally 2 rules that includes a five-minute penalty. But Ogier went back to the top by grabbing the Power Stage bonus points.
Even so, Ogier still holds his ground on top of the leaderboard with 126 points followed by Latvala with 74 points. Sebastien Loeb managed to clinch the third position with 68 points, despite having entered only three rounds from the six. Down at the manufacturers’ table, Volkswagen is enjoying their 18-point lead from Citroen with 180 points, while the M-Sport World Rally Team sits in third with 83 points.