Volkswagen yesterday won control of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in a move that will help the German giant in the race for dominance in the luxury-car market. Fighting off counter-bids from arch-rival BMW and a group of Rolls-Royce enthusiasts, VW's GBP430 million (about HK$5.46 billion) bid was overwhelmingly accepted by shareholders of British defence firm Vickers. A last-minute bid was tabled by a group of Rolls-Royce fans, led by Michael Shrimpton. Vickers' board agreed to delay the vote to review the offer from Mr Shrimpton's Crewe Motors. 'The bid has gone in and it's north of Volkswagen,' Mr Shrimpton said. But in a letter from Mr Shrimpton, read by Vickers chairman Sir Colin Chandler, it was stated that full details of its finances, or the identity of various mystery investors, could not be disclosed. Institutional shareholders, - voting by proxy and holding about 90 per cent of Vickers shares - had lent their support to VW, which had also received management backing. After 40 minutes of deliberation, Vickers rejected Crewe's offer - about GBP30 million more than VW's. VW was seen to have clinched the race for Rolls when it launched an audacious GBP120 million sweetener to Vickers on Thursday. If its bid for Rolls won, its prestigious car-making arm Audi would buy Cosworth, the engine-making group also owned by Vickers.