Raimund Baumschlager (A) has won the Austrian Rally Championship. The 57-year-old won the Rally Waldviertel (A) at the wheel of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC to claim his 14th title in the national championship. In doing so, Baumschlager set a new world record: no driver in the world has ever won 14 national champion titles.
The final round of the ORM could hardly have been more exciting: the Austrian, together with co-driver Primin Winklhofer (A) trailed defending champion Herrmann Neubauer (A/Ford) by 0.8 seconds going into the 14th and final special stage. This would have made Baumschlager the runner-up in the championship. However, the man from Salzburg went for broke in his Polo on the final stage, beating Neubauer by 5.4 seconds to win the title by four points.
The experienced Austrian was understandably delighted: “Given the way that the championship and, above all, the finale panned out, I have to say that this is my nicest title. Also because it will most probably be my last national title.” Victory at the Rally Waldviertel was Baumschlager’s third of the season, having previously won the Rebenland Rally and the Škoda Rally Liezen.