Mikkelsen and Latvala fastest on Rally Germany Shakedown

Volkswagen hits the ground running: identical fastest times for Mikkelsen/Jæger and Latvala/Anttila

Mikkelsen and Latvala fastest on Rally Germany Shakedown
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Sébastien Ogier, Marco Huck, boxer, Jari-Matti Latvala, Jost Caputo, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen, Anders Jäger, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

Wolfsburg – Perfect switch to asphalt mode: Volkswagen finished first, second and fourth in the “free practice” ahead of the first asphalt race of the year in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Fastest: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N), who led the way in the Polo R WRC with the quickest time on the 4.55-kilometre Shakedown – exactly the same time as team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN). Currently second in the world championship, Mikkelsen/Jæger were also faster on all four runs than their team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F), who lead the overall standings. Ogier/Ingrassia clocked the fourth fastest time on the Shakedown.

The race kicks off on Friday morning with the “Mittelmosel” stage, following Thursday evening’s ceremonial start in front of the Porta Nigra in Trier.

Quotes after the Shakedown at the Rally Germany

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #1: “Julien and I are really looking forward to the Rally Germany. The Shakedown went well and the set-up for the Polo R WRC is perfect. More than anything, I hope that it stays dry at the weekend and the conditions are good for everyone. In that case, the fast stages in the vineyards are really fantastic. If it rains – and you have to be prepared for surprises – it will be incredibly difficult, and the slightest mistake can be disastrous. We obviously want to give our team principal Jost Capito with a nice leaving present. As such, our goal is to repeat last year’s win and score valuable points towards the world championship.”

Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2: “After a lot of rallies on gravel, the first asphalt Shakedown went pleasingly well. It took me a few laps to find the right set-up for me, but it was spot on after five laps. The weather was okay, but it will certainly be a factor all weekend. It is obviously a special rally for Volkswagen – after all, it is not every day your team principal leaves you. We are out to give him a worthy send-off. Let’s see what I can do to contribute.”

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #9: “A really good Shakedown. The Polo is running absolutely superbly. I had a good feeling from the word go. It obviously boosts my confidence to be faster than Seb. We would like to make up some ground in the championship – which means we need to be faster than Seb. That will obviously not be easy on his favourite surface. However, we started well on the Shakedown and have also tried out a number of set-up variants, which has given us enough information to know how we should approach the coming days. We are ready.”

Volkswagen Motorsport

shares
comments
WRC confirms Rally China cancellation
Previous article

WRC confirms Rally China cancellation

Next article

Germany WRC: Mikkelsen leads Neuville, Latvala suffers breakdown

Germany WRC: Mikkelsen leads Neuville, Latvala suffers breakdown
Load comments
The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival Prime

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival

Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it

WRC
Jan 18, 2022
Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best Prime

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best

The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special

WRC
Dec 24, 2021
Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021

On the eve of a new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship, the 2021 season was a blockbuster fought out between Toyota's two top dogs, with a familiar figure eventually emerging on top after a final showdown at Monza. We pick out the 10 best performers from the top class and its supporting cast

WRC
Dec 21, 2021
Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour Prime

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against teammate Elfyn Evans.

WRC
Dec 19, 2021
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Prime

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Prime

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, we pick out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion Prime

The internal focus that made Burns a legendary world rally champion

At the turn of the millennium, WRC was full to the brim with rallying's great and good - and 20 years ago on this day, Richard Burns became England's first world rally champion. Although Burns' natural talent drove him to the top, his steely determination and mental strength was the key attribute behind his title-winning form

WRC
Nov 25, 2021
How Ogier emerged from Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend Prime

How Ogier emerged from Loeb's shadow to form his own WRC legend

OPINION: Adding an eighth WRC title to his name, Sebastien Ogier has bowed out from full-time rallying in style. Having been compared throughout his career with nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb, Ogier has convincingly demonstrated that he can stand on his own as one of the greatest rally drivers in history

WRC
Nov 22, 2021