Volkswagen boss Jost Capito thrilled with maiden victory in Sweden
Last Updated: 11/02/13 3:06pm
Sebastien Ogier celebrates victory in Sweden
Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito says Sebastien Ogier's stunning victory in the Rally of Sweden exceeded all expectations.
Ogier finished as runner-up in the Monte Carlo Rally last month, and on Sunday he went one better to give Volkswagen their maiden victory.
On ice and snow, Ogier romped home nearly 42 seconds clear of reigning nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb, winning 11 of the 22 special stages in his Polo R.
Capito said: "We didn't even dream that we could get this result so soon. It's the second rally, and this is a fantastic result. Normally rallies are up and down, but we had no downs. It was unbelievable.
"To win the second round of the world championship under our own steam is a real milestone."
Ogier created a small piece of rally history by becoming only the second winner of the rally - alongside Loeb - to come from outside Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Capito added: "The Rally Sweden is one of a kind. The car worked perfectly in the conditions, and Sebastien took full advantage. He was in a class of his own.
"We all know he is capable of the pace, but I didn't know he could do it already with the Polo."
Ogier is now in a strong position overall in the championship. Loeb is only three points behind him in the standings but the reigning champion is only competing part-time this season, and will take part in two more races - in Argentina in May, and in his home country of France in October.
It leaves Ogier 22 points clear of the driver who is effectively his nearest challenger in Sweden's Mads Ostberg in his Ford Fiesta RS.