Auf Wiedersehen VW… Now What?

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  • Alvin Kato

    Man. A lot of us have been weeping from the sidelines at the shock exit. I was sure VW was going to be there for the long haul…. But your article has kinda balanced the issue and suddenly I don’t feel so sad anymore. Spot on on Ogier not going to Citroen, along with the reasons you mentioned, if Ogier went back to Citroen he would still be in Loeb’s shadow and thats something he does n’t want. Msport seems likely, also Makinen was Ogier’s childhood hero so am sure Makinen must have made some calls.

    There is one thing you did n’t mention about the 2017 polo, VW owns Skoda. For now Skoda has been in WRC2, but their last WRC attempts only netted them a 3rd place and no win. What is Skoda was to acquire the new Polo, rebrand it and compete in 2017? They are in a way unaffected by the scandal being a different brand and all plus the car is so good! I hope this happens…I really want to see that polo in action even if its in my dreams :D

    As always great article Jason! Keep them coming!

  • FuchsrohreWRC

    When Audi announced their bombshell last week, I thought there might be a possibility that VW could pull the plug. Audi’s WEC programme for next year had been paid & signed off; and they looked to have the fastest car, which just needed more time in its development; but that no longer mattered. The big cheeses said ‘enough’ – and that was that.

    So, when thew rumours started on Monday, or was it Tuesday – it seemed that, VW would also pull their programme. And they have; it’s a shame, but not a great disaster – they were only here for 4 seasons.

    What they will do is have ‘customer’ cars in TCR, GRC and now a new R5 Polo….which is intriguing.

    As for the drivers; well its anybody guess. Do Red Bull take their money & Ogier as well; and where do they allocate it? M-Sport? A return to Citroen? Toyota seems unlikely, as it seems to be a mainly Finnish team – I’ve actually renamed them Toyota Team Finland.

    Will Ogier even stay in the WRC? Could he do something else? DTM, GT/ Sportscars, WorldRX….and stay in the VW Group??

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