04 August 2013
WRC 2013 Rally Finland HD highlights Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Highlights from the 2013 WRC Rally Finland: Volkswagen's works driver Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are the winners of the 2013 WRC Rally Finland extending so their lead in the FIA World Rally Championship to 90 points with five rounds remaining. The Frenchman achieved is 12th career victory winning with a 36.6 seconds advantage over Thierry Neuville who went on the runners-up spot of the podium for the second consecutive rally in a Ford Fiesta RS. The Belgian finished 21 seconds ahead of the similar car of Mads Ostberg. Mikko Hirvonen, who also led during the first leg, arrived fourth in a Citroen DS3, 1min 21.6 seconds behind Ogier after losing his chances when he dropped time in torrential rain on Thursday evening.
The Rally Finland has been taking place since 1951 and the duo Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia this year became only the fifth duo from outside of Scandinavia and Finland to win the rally. 2013 marked the eleventh time that a non-Nordic driver had won this iconic event in the World Rally Championship tipped as the fastest world's rally: while the average speed at other rallies is around 80 kilometres per hour, it was exactly 120.91 km/h at the 2013 Rally Finland. In 1990 it was current Volkswagen Motorsport consultant Carlos Sainz (E) and his co-driver Luis Moya who broke the stranglehold of the Finn's and Swedes for the first time. Ogier now holds also the stage record on "Ouninpohja". His average speed through the forests was 130.75 kilometres per hour.