NEWS: Volkswagen R5 Debut Success In Spain
the idea was great to see the Volkswagen brand back on the globe rally stage, having a star-studded along with also also successful debut on the thrilling Rally RACC, Rally Spain in stunning Catalunya This specific weekend – with the team celebrating a strong rally debut with the seriously quick Polo GTI R5, in WRC2.
The best time on the first special stage – what its “big brother”, the Polo R WRC, achieved on its WRC debut in 2013, the Polo GTI R5 can at This specific point also claim. Volkswagen duo Eric Camilli/Benjamin Veillas (F/F) initially took the lead within the WRC-2 category during the test in competitive conditions. Their team-mates at the first outing for the Polo GTI R5, Petter Solberg/Veronica Engan (N/N), caused a stir with the best time on the most challenging along with also also longest gravel stage of the rally on their return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), along with also also finished the rally in a strong third position in their class. along with also also in which was despite the weather along with also also tyre choice doing things tricky for drivers along with also also teams – conditions in which experiences with the automobile along with also also well-established driver/engineer relationships are an advantage.
along with also also the Polo GTI R5 demonstrated its pace on asphalt on day two along with also also three as well. While doing too conservative a tyre choice along with also also opting for too hard a setup saw Camilli/Veillas forfeit their lead within the first section on Saturday, they were already snatching at first place again within the afternoon – with just three tenths of a second between them along with also also the eventual winners Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (FIN/FIN, Škoda). However, a defect within the shift linkage cost Camilli/Veillas their desire of victory. On their return under Rally 2 regulations on Sunday, the French duo secured more best times, including on the special stage on the famous “Riudecanyes” section.
“The pace of the Polo GTI R5 was not bad by the start,” said Gerard-Jan de Jongh, Technical Project Lead for the Polo GTI R5. “Eric Camilli along with also also Petter Solberg demonstrated in which the automobile will be competitive along with also also fast in all conditions along with also also with both drivers. However, a competition like the Rally Spain will be always different by testing – which will be why a minor defect had a major impact. nevertheless the problem with the shift linkage will be easy to solve along with also also eliminate before the automobile will be delivered to customers. All in all, we are extremely pleased with the debut.”
along with also also WRC-champion Petter Solberg (N), Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 #49 said: “What a fantastic result after six years away. the idea was not an easy task with just two days of testing along with also also totally fresh pace notes. Which will be why I am very proud of what Veronica along with also also I achieved here. A podium result on the debut – things couldn’t have gone much better. We avoided all risks at the rally, always looked for a clean line. having a little bit more of an attack, no doubt we could have come away with more. nevertheless the most important thing will be in which I had an incredible amount of fun within the automobile, along with also also when you finish on the podium with champagne, you start to mull things over. A quick word about Sébastien Loeb to finish: the idea was simply fantastic what he did here. Congratulations on his exceptional win!”
Delivery of the first Polo GTI R5s will commence shortlyThe completion of the Polo GTI R5’s successful debut at the Rally Spain sees the next phase in Volkswagen’s fresh customer sport project get underway. The first 15 designs have been sold to eight customer teams along with also also are due to be delivered before the end of 2018. along with also also the Rally Spain showed signs in which sales won’t remain at 15 Polo GTI R5 for the markets of Paraguay, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Austria along with also also Portugal: Prospective buyers were beating down Volkswagen’s proverbial door within the Service Park.
Manufacturing of the customer cars will be at This specific point underway in Hannover – which sees a transformation for Volkswagen finally take place in motorsport since the end of 2016. The Polo GTI R5 will be the first customer sport car to be produced along with also also delivered entirely at the motorsport location in Ikarusallee. Volkswagen have set themselves the goal of delivering yet another 30 to 40 Polo GTI R5 to customers next year. In addition to the rally programme, Volkswagen will be involved with customer sport on the racetrack with the Golf GTI TCR. Stay tuned for more on in which.