With two rounds to go, and even though Rally France has just got underway today, Volkswagen works drivers Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have secured the Driver and Co-Driver titles in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at their home rally in France.
Coming into this last event but two, the pair had won six of the ten rallies so far in the Polo R WRC’s debut season, and the result of the opening Power Stage of the Rally France tonight means they can no longer be caught at the top of the table, making Ogier and Ingrassia the new World Champions.
The eleventh round of the WRC around Strasbourg opened with the Power Stage, and it was here that the French duo wrapped up the World Championship with two races to go.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia ended the 4.55-kilometre special stage in third position. As the only pair who could still deny them the title, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul were unable to pick up the three points on offer for winning the stage and came second.
The Rally France features a further 19 special stages over the next three days before the winner is determined on Sunday, but as for VW, it’s a case of job done!