Both Audi and VW ended their associations with both the FIA World Rally and the Endurance Championship in typically dominant form winning the final rounds of both disciplines respectively.
Volkswagen finished first in the 25th Rally Australia – the final round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship – when Andreas Mikkelsen and co-pilot Anders Jaeger took the chequered flag in their Polo R WRC. Finishing close behind in second place was the team’s title winning driver Sebastien Ogier and co-pilot Julien Ingrassia in another Polo, completing the team’s involvement in the World Rally Championships on a high.
VW’s sister company, Audi also ended their tenure in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship with similarly winning form. The season ended with the ‘6 hours of Bahrain’ where the team also secured a 1-2 finish with the R18 hybrid LMP1.
Disappointingly for Audi, unlike VW they failed to end the season as champions. There was still plenty to celebrate however for the VW group member, with sister company Porsche winning both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the FIA WEC (including the Le Mans victory) for the second year running.
Add to that, VW’s WRC title for the third consecutive year, and it’s hard to think how the Germans could have ended the season better. The team will be missed as Porsche and Toyota battle it out for the Endurance crown next year, with Citroen, Hyundai, Toyota, and Ford/M-Sport attempting to bag VW’s soon to be relinquished rallying trophy.