It was reported today, that the German car manufacturer and last years’ dominator of the World Rally Championship will not loan its cars to any private teams. This decision comes after Volkswagen failed to follow the FIA homologation regulations.
Many rumors occurred, but no result in the end
After Volkswagen originally announced it was pulling out of the sport, many rumors have surfaced suggesting different scenarios on how the VW Polo rally car could be seen competing this season. Latest of course was the hopeful efforts of the now-WRC2 driver Andreas Mikkelsen. He was up to last week working extremely hard on a return to the highest series with a private Polo. Another rumor was that ex-WRC driver Nasser al-Attiyah would have worked a deal between a Qatar company and Volkswagen to have him exclusively driving the car. This deal seemingly fell through, if it was even in the makings in the first place.
The reasons for which we won’t see the 2017 VW Polo on the stages is that under current rules a manufacturer has to be working on an entry to the series as a full team in order of being allowed to rent their car and expertise to a private team. This was a thing last season with Citroen and Abu Dhabi Total team. Volkswagen, who have just exited the series aren’t *shockingly* working actively for a comeback. This is why they are not allowed to race their car in the colors of a private team. This is no doubt a sad piece of news to the whole World Rally Championship audience. The new Polo had so much fuzz around it last season while it was being developed. Not to see he finished product in action is a pity to say the least.