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Spectacular 1-2 finish marks exit of Audi and Volkswagen from WRC, WEC

If you’re going to quit, at least do it with a loud bang. This is what just Volkswagen and Audi did in their last races of the 2016 season.

In late October, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said that the brand is quitting from the World Endurance Championship campaign as it shifts its focus to the all-electric Formula E series. With this announcement, Audi effectively ended its dominance at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Stadler quipped that since Audi’s production cars are increasingly becoming electric, its motorsport cars should also follow suit.

Just a week after in early November, VW called it quits with the World Rally Championships. VW came into world rallying in 2013, and has since been dominant. In fact, VW secured 42 wins in 51 rallies – excluding the 2016 Rally Australia – and has recently grabbed the driver’s and manufacturer’s championship – its fourth in as many years.

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