Sebastien Ogier scored a second consecutive win at the 2015 Rally Poland leading teammate Andreas Mikkelsen to give VW Motorsports a 1-2 victory. VW nearly dominated the podium with Jari-Matti Latvala fighting for third with Ford driver Ott Tänak, unfortunately Latvala crashed in the final stage leaving the podium place to Tanak.
After consuming time while fixing his broken radiator among other items in his VW Polo R, Latvala managed to finish fourth but was later given a 40-seconds penalty for arriving late, dropping him to fifth. Hayden Paddon benefited from his penalty and moved up to fourth in his Hyundai i20 WRC. His teammate Thierry Neuville was the luckiest driver in the rally, he rolled his Hyundai i20 only to roll back on the road and finish sixth!
Speaking about his victory, Ogier said: “This year I’ve had many great wins, but this one is very special. For 90 per cent of the rally I opened the road so this is amazing. I had to push from the first metre to the last. I have a small break now and this is the perfect start to my holiday.”
For Ogier, he faced the toughest conditions as he had to open all stages – sweeping the gravel with his car and making it easier for the drivers behind him. In this case, Mikkelsen was behind him where the two were separated by a mere 2 seconds in the early stages. High temperatures forced Mikkelsen to change into hard tires but Ogier who remained on soft rubber still managed to hold the lead despite his teammate’s bright move.
Ogier extended his championship lead to 161 points leading Mikkelsen who is second with 83 points. Mads Osberg is third with 69, Latvala fourth with 66 and Neuville fifth with 58 points. Kris Meeke finished this round in seventh place, leading Kubica, Osberg and Sordo to wrap up the top 10.
The next round will take the drivers to Finland for the Neste Oil Rally Finland on July 30.