After its launch in Mallorca and the first round of tests on different surfaces, if there is anything clear is that the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 arrives to conquer the category WRC2. All in all, his debut is not expected until the Rally Germany, in August of the next year. In addition to the obvious reasons for the appointment of home for the brand, Volkswagen Motorsport has chosen your R5 debut in mid-2018 with the goal of to be able to show your potential customers the benefits of the Polo GTI R5 and get the greatest number of sales ahead of the season 2019.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 is a model ‘race-client’ destined to be sold to drivers and teams in private, so that Volkswagen Motorsport discards have an official team as it has Skoda, its sister brand. However, this does not preclude the Polo GTI R debut with an entry of the factory and even be able to have multiple entries during the second half of the season under a registration official. This has been explained Sven Smeets, sports director of Volkswagen Motorsport: “We have planned that we would like to make the first rally with an official car and our goal is to do so in the Rally of Germany”.
For these occurrences of the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with a team official, Volkswagen will have a pilot trust of the brand. Pontus Tidemand is the one that has more ballots to fill this position, although Raimund Baumschlager also should be considered as a possible candidate to be part of the team of test coupled to the tester Dieter Depping. In this regard, Smeets has been limited to say: “we will Use a good pilot that is available. It could be Pontus Tidemand, but it could also be another person. During the test we received positive feedback from pilots. The car is well born and has a very good base to work from”.