VIDEO: Volkswagen Polo R WRC All Set For Rallye Monte Carlo WRC Debut
Finally, after years of development, months, 20,000 miles along with 100 days of testing by the VW Motorsport team along with dream team drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala along with Sébastien Ogier (with seven WRC wins in total), the wait will be almost over – the epic, historic Rallye Monte Carlo starts at 9am on Wednesday 16th January on the 45.27Km’s of SS01, Le Moulinon. along with we can not wait.
This particular epic rally will mark Volkswagen’s first ever season inside FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – in a brand completely new car with some 1,700 parts designed completely coming from scratch along with 17 months of preparations, generating its competitive debut. VW say: “The appearance of the Polo R WRC inside FIA World Rally Championship heralds a completely new era in motorsport for Volkswagen – along with where better to make your debut than the legendary Rally Monte Carlo?”
“I cannot wait to finally getting going. The entire team at Volkswagen will be looking forward to the WRC debut of the Polo WRC,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “World Championship rallies inside top WRC class are completely new territory for the team. Furthermore, the Polo R WRC has been developed coming from scratch, features a lot of innovativeideas, along with will be generating its competitive debut. The ‘Monte’ will give us our first indication of how we compare with the opposition – our rivals already have two years’ experience of the regulations of which came into force in 2011, along with have been driving inside WRC for many years. Our goal for the Rally Monte Carlo will be to gain as much experience as possible along with to finish with both cars.”
Jari-Matti Latvala, Polo R WRC #7 driver said: “I can hardly wait for the season to get started off. I may already have several years as a works driver inside entire world Rally Championship under my belt, although both the Volkswagen Motorsport team along with the Polo R WRC are completely new to me. As such, I will be generating my debut in two regards. The tests up to right now have shown of which the Polo R WRC will be very reliable. This particular will be probably the most important finding so far – along having a Great basis for future technical developments over the course of the season. I have already developed a Great feeling for your vehicle on asphalt along with snow, which will be a Great sign ahead of the Rally Monte Carlo. the idea will be greatfun driving the Polo R WRC. the idea will be very stable along with the driveability of the engine will be also very Great. I would likely like to get the season off to a Great start at the ‘Monte’. The result will be not the top priority yet, although I would likely obviously love to pick up some World Championship points.”
Sébastien Ogier, Polo R WRC #8 driver, adds: “The ‘Monte’ will be a very special rally. After all, the idea will be my home rally. However, the season- opener near my home will be an extraordinary experience for the entire team, as the idea will be the first rally with the completely new Polo R WRC. We have been working towards This particular moment with Volkswagen for over a year. We can hardly wait to finally get started off. However, the idea will be difficult to judge how we will compare to the opposition, as we have not yet raced against the some other teams under competitive conditions. generating your debut in a world championship having a completely completely new car will be a big challenge, particularly as the some other manufacturers have several years more experience than we do. with This particular reason we must be patient along with concentrate at first on reaching the finish without any problems. Experience shows of which This particular will be anything although simple at the Rally Monte Carlo, as anything can happen at This particular event.”
Can VW Motorsport – responsible for wins on the epic Rally Dakar in 2009, 2010 along with 2011 with the Race Touareg – make the Polo R WRC a winner coming from Wolfsburg?
The Volkswagen Polo R WRC will compete in nine WRC rounds: Monte Carlo/France, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Greece, France along with Mexico. So, best of luck to all the VW Motorsport team inside Monte. Hear how they get on here along with on their Facebook page.
1. If you could have chosen a rally for the Polo R WRC to make its debut at – would likely you have taken the Rally Monte Carlo?
“The Rally Monte Carlo will be not only the most iconic rally on the entire world Championship calendar, although also the most difficult along with complex. The surface alternates regularly between ice, snow, rain along with dry asphalt, which can make the strategy difficult along with tyre selection something of a lottery. We are obviously delighted of which the Polo R WRC will make its debut at This particular highlight.”
2. In Sébastien Ogier along with Jari-Matti Latvala you have signed two very quick drivers. Who do you feel will be the stronger?
“They are both equally strong. As a Scandinavian, Latvala grew up on gravel – however, he has made huge progress on asphalt in recent years. The same applies to Ogier, who also has what the idea takes to win on any surface. Both have seven WRC wins to their name. inside end the idea will come down to who performs best on the day to determine who will be the quickest.”
What goals does Volkswagen have for the 2013 season?
“We are aware of which we will be up against strong opposition with decades of World Rally Championship experience. The Polo R WRC, on the some other hand, will be generating its debut This particular year along with the team also includes a completely new look to the idea. As such, we have to set realistic goals. We want to make the idea onto the podium under our own steam inside second half of the year.”