With a good start at Rally Monte Carlo 2013 in the previous month, the overall points standing of 2013 FIA World Rally Championship[WRC], for the driver Sebastien Ogier, co-driver Julien Ingrassia and for the team Volkswagen Motorsport, stands at the encourging second place. Keeping the high winning spirit for the next toughest challenge of ice and snow – the Rally Sweden(61st year) from 7th to 10th February 2013. The team pairings of Driver[Sébastien Ogier(F)] + Co-Driver[Julien Ingrassia(F)] and Driver[Jari-Matti Latvala(FIN)] + Co-driver[Miikka Anttila(FIN)], with the best powertrain of Volkswagen Polo R WRC, capable of generating a horsepower of 315[232 kilo-Watts], is going to compete the toughest, in terms of maintaining speed and extreme conditions, only event of the season to be fully packed with ice and snow. The Challenge required precise decision on high speed where accuracy become the only way to avoid any bad situation here in Rally Sweden, so this is a grueling test for the drivers and the team’s technology as the temperatures parameters go beyond freezing range from -10 to -20 degree Celsius and the Tyres, as always, play a vast role where car needs hundreds of tungsten-tipped steel studs protrude from narrow winter tyres, providing maximum frictional grip on the frozen road surface. The tough cold condition around Hagfors and Karlstad will play a important role where the initial forecasts are estimated to be –10° Celsius for the weekend and team has to cover a distance of 1,589.78 kilometers with 22 stages, each of distance of 338.91 kilometers, in the Polo R WRC. Passing the spectator stage in Karlstad on Thursday, the rally moves into the Hagfors region on Friday and on Saturday’s special stages are held to the east of the city. However, to support their heroes, team and Rally, many people comes around from all over, specially Sweden and Norway, armed with tents and camp fires.
|Position||Driver||Points Earned from Rally Monte Carlo 2013||Total Earned Points|
|Position||Co-Driver||Points Earned from Rally Monte Carlo 2013||Total Earned Points|
|3.||Carlos del Barrio||15||15|
|Position||Team||Points Earned from Rally Monte Carlo 2013||Total Earned Points|
|1||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team||37||37|
|3||Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team||15||15|
|4||Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team||10||10|
|5||Lotos WRC Team||8||8|
Auto Press Release 2013 OFF TO THE ICY COLD: VOLKSWAGEN LOOKS AHEAD TO THE RALLY SWEDEN 04-02-2013 A high-speed adventure on ice and snow: when Volkswagen Motorsport starts out on the Rally Sweden from 7 to 10 February, it will be taking on its second major challenge in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). At the wheel of the 315-hp (232 kW) Polo R WRC, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) will grapple with the only event this season to be held completely on ice and snow. The rally, with its headquarters in Karlstad and Service Park in Hagfors, represents a gruelling test for the drivers and the team’s technology: the rally cars are consistently pushed to their very limits, despite temperatures plummeting to between 10 and 20 degrees below freezing. The icy cold is no obstacle for the enthusiastic fans, however: armed with tents and camp fires, which they erect along the side of the route, they defy the conditions to cheer the wild drifts and huge jumps produced by their rally heroes. Another feature of the event is that the route for this iconic rally also takes the teams over the border from Sweden into Norway. “After a good start to the season, the entire team now heads to the next challenge, the Rally Sweden, fully motivated and full of confidence. However, everyone in the team is well aware that the good result achieved in Monte Carlo is not yet a true indication of where we lie compared to the opposition,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “The Rally Sweden is totally unique. The speed on the ice and snow is very high. This is only possible with extreme studded tyres, which are only used once a year. However, every rally is a test for the team. The processes in Monte Carlo recently were top-class. We want to follow on from this in Sweden and to continue developing from rally to rally.”
Quotes ahead of the Rally Sweden Jari-Matti Latvala, Polo R WRC #7 “I really like the Rally Sweden. The event requires a very quick and flowing driving style on Swedish forest roads. There is nothing to criticise about the event – with one exception: it can get very cold there, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 20 or even minus 30 degrees. Up to now I have driven 500 kilometres on snow in the Polo R WRC. However, we will slot in another test day on snow before the Rally Sweden. The car works very well in these conditions. I am already very happy with the way it feels to drive. I have fond memories of the Rally Sweden, such as my very first WRC victory in 2008 and, of course, my win there last year. My goal for this season is to finish in the top five.” Sébastien Ogier, Polo R WRC #8 “The season could hardly have started better for us. Heading to Sweden with 18 points to our name is a very nice position to be in. This allows us to relax a little. However, we are now faced with a new rally. Let’s see what we are capable of on this surface. It is hard to predict what awaits us there. We will have to wait until after the first few special stages. I really like the Rally Sweden. If the snow conditions are good, it is really good fun driving there. The average speed is pretty high, and the grip on studded tyres is fantastic. I just love pulling off big drifts with a rally car on ice.” Volkswagen in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) In entering the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Volkswagen is adding another chapter to its motorsport success story. Volkswagen claimed overall victory at the Rally Dakar with the Race Touareg in 2009, 2010 and 2011 – celebrating a hat-trick of titles at the toughest marathon rally in the world. The Polo R WRC is the first World Rally Car produced by the Wolfsburg-based company, which now lines up with its own works team in the pinnacle of rallying. The series offers Volkswagen the opportunity to prove itself on a global platform in direct sporting competition. No model is more suited to the challenge than the Polo – one of Volkswagen’s most heavily produced and distributed models in the world. Did you know … … the Rally Sweden was first held in 1950 and will be staged for the 60th time in 2013? Since 1950, only three years have passed, in which the “Sweden” did not form part of the World Rally Championship: in 1974 it was cancelled due to the oil crisis, in 1990 due to poor weather, and in 2009 when the FIA rotation system meant it was not included on the calendar.
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