Never change a winning team, especially one that is so dominant. After three back-to-back world titles (Drivers’, Co-Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship) Volkswagen Motorsport and OMP have confirmed they are to continue their partnership in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Furthermore, Volkswagen Motorsport and OMP have just put a golden seal on the successful 2015 season.
The Italian company presented world champions Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia with two pairs of shoes in special golden leather. The boots are replicas of the models regularly worn by the French pair, both from the OMP “One” line.
The companies recently signed an agreement to extend the collaboration, which began in 2013 when the Wolfsburg-based giant made its debut in the WRC (and dominated from the word go), into the coming seasons. OMP will supply all racewear for the drivers, co-drivers and mechanics, while the HTE ONE seat with lightweight carbon-fibre shell will still be installed in the Polo R WRC. This is the same seat that has accompanied Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen for the last three incredible seasons.
Paolo Delprato, OMP Vice President and CEO: “The winning partnership of OMP and Volkswagen Motorsport derives from two elements: the passion and devotion that these two companies spend to get the best. The results are testimony to this. We are proud of these three world titles, but we are still hungry, just like the team, so we’re working with them to stay on top.”
“Safety is a major issue in motorsport. The entire Volkswagen Motorsport team is very happy with the OMP products,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “In motorsport, you want to change as little as possible when you are successful. We are looking forward to a new season together, in which we hope to celebrate more success together with OMP.”