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VW team impress at Monte Carlo.

FIA World Rally Championship newcomers Volkswagen put up an impressive showing to finish second in this year's Monte Carlo Rally, the opening round 2013's calendar.

In one of the toughest Monte Carlos of recent years, the French pairing of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia in their new Polo R WRC split the all-conquering Citroen DS3 teams, who finished first, third and fourth.

In difficult weather conditions that saw a mix of snow, ice and wet Tarmac, coupled with bright sunshine, thick fog and heavy rain, the Ogier/Ingrassia duo won two special stages. That included posting the fastest time on the opening special stage, the longest of the rally at 37.1km.

But it was nine-time world champion and seven-time Monte winner Sebastien Loeb, of France, and his teammate Daniel Elena, of Monaco, who finally showed their class to take overall victory.

Extreme weather conditions and safety concerns resulted in a premature end to the event as organisers cancelled the last two stages. The next round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes place in Sweden from February 7 to 10.

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Date:Jan 25, 2013
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