Volkswagen Motorsport, four-time champion to exile

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The phrase of Bob Tasca said “win on Sunday sell on Monday” is one of the premises that move the motor sport. Therefore, the information of ‘Autosport’ placed Volkswagen Motorsport outside of the WRC have caught everyone by surprise, every time that the team has committed this same weekend, his fourth title of brands of the World Rally, accumulated as well your twelfth crown in his four years in the WRC. All in all, the british publication asserts that the higher echelons of the VAG Group have evaluated this project during a meeting held in Wolfsburg.

In the wake of the hasty departure of Audi Sport for the World Endurance (WEC) and with the reduction of the budget were all projects of the VAG Group by the crisis of the diesel engines, all the alarms have been sounded around the WRC, although lucky for the own Sven Smeets have had to come out to deny these rumors. The legacy that he left Jost Capito, and now intends to maintain the new Director of Volkswagen Motorsport remains intact and the team with headquarters in Hannover will try to to extend its exceptional track record in the stages of the World Rally.

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While the launch of Audi Sport’s WEC was a logical step to support their technology into a unit of power diesel and have Porsche -another brand of the VAG Group – as a rival, in the case of Volkswagen Motorsport the reasons to leave the WRC in a hasty way would be the less diffuse. However, Volkswagen has been committed to the WRC until 2019, and so it has been left patent the development of a new Volkswagen Polo R WRC, vehicle that has already accumulated thousands of miles, and that is adapted to the new technical regulations of the contest, legislation that will extend at least until 2019.

Well it is true that Volkswagen Motorsport is renewing its commitment with the promoter of the WRC year to year, but from there to think that they can give the championship to ‘white’ there is a large stretch, especially for the above-mentioned development of the new Polo R WRC, and because their three drivers have a contract in force. With Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, and a new World Rally Car which can keep the winning streak team is somewhat risky to transform from a day to another to Volkswagen Motorsport for four-time champion to exile.