Volkswagen factory driver Sebastien Ogier has won the second round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden. Ogier was third going into the final stage of the only all-snow race on the WRC’s calendar, but was able to climb two positions after his two main rivals, teammate Andreas Mikkelsen and Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville, went off the road.
Ogier’s and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia’s victory was foreshadowed by their successful practice session on Thursday. The pair posted the fastest time on the 4.3-kilometer ‘Rada’ practice stage, edging out rivals from Citroen and Ford. The victory marks Ogier’s second win of the year, after having also won the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally in January.
“It’s a crazy win because I had to push flat out from the beginning of the rally to the end. I made only one mistake on Friday and apart from that I’m proud to have kept the car on the road at that level of speed,” Ogier told the Associated Press post-race.
Volkswagen is currently first in the WRC’s manufacturer’s standings after the first two rounds. The next race of the season, Rally Guanajuato Mexico, was won by Ogier in 2014, a result he’ll be looking to replicate when the race starts on March 5.