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Wolfsburg (18 November 2016). Magnificent effort at the Polo R WRC's last hurrah: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (N/N) and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) are leading the way at the #rally Australia. Despite their roles as "road sweepers", the Volkswagen duo dominated the opening day down under. Mikkelsen/Jæger won five of the day's eleven special stages and finished in the top three on every stage to open a lead of 15.4 seconds. Their Volkswagen team-mates and champions elect* Ogier/Ingrassia had the dubious honour of opening the route, but produced a performance worthy of world champions to win four special stages and end the day in a well-earned second place overall.
In contrast, Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) are to be denied a final highlight on their last works outing with Volkswagen in the FIA World #rally Championship (WRC). The duo drifted into the side of a bridge on the opening stage of the day and damaged the rear suspension on their Polo R #wrc in the process. Trailing the leaders by over seven minutes after day one, the Finnish duo can no longer hope to play a role in the battle for victory and the podium.
* subject to confirmation from the FIA.
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