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Wolfsburg (27 October 2016). Volkswagen is well prepared ahead of the start of the #rally Great Britain in Wales. Champions elect* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) finished fourth, Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) sixth and Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) seventh in the Shakedown ahead of the first all-gravel round of the FIA World #rally Championship (WRC) since July. The main focus during "free practice" was on the conditions at this classic #rally: unlike in previous years, the competitors found the route to be astonishingly dry. Instead of mud and sludge, the Shakedown took place on 3.32 kilometres of damp gravel, which offered good grip.
The #rally Great Britain opens this evening with the Ceremonial Start in Colwyn Bay. The action itself kicks off on Friday with the first of 22 special stages. The #wrc teams have erected their tents in the Service Park in the Welsh town of Deeside, just under an hour's drive from Manchester.
Volkswagen could add even more success to what has already been a golden October in England: should the Wolfsburg-based carmaker maintain 43 of its 62-point lead over rival Hyundai, it would be crowned world champion in the Manufacturers' Championship at the end of the #rally Great Britain.
*Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.
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