Volkswagen Motorsport India Factory Team pulls out Polo R2 from IRC 2014
Volkswagen Motorsport India has postponed its plans to participate in the Indian Rally Championship (IRC) 2014 as a Factory Team. Volkswagen Motorsport India continues its support to customers through the Customer Sport programme, which extends in form of spares as well as technical know-how in Group N and R2 class.
Volkswagen Motorsport India began supporting customers who entered with a Volkswagen Polo in the Indian National Rally Championship 2013 season. In developing its rally scope here, Volkswagen Motorsport India began Polo R2 development and tested the car during the last 2 rounds of the 2013 season.
While there was every intent to enter the Indian Rally Championship 2014 with the Polo R2, the company has put on hold its Volkswagen Motorsport India Factory Team potential. The decision is being evaluated. Volkswagen Motorsport India will continue to provide Polo R2 kits for interested competitors from later in 2014. Polo R2 kits have been homologated in co-operation with FMSCI on 11th April 2014 and are valid wef 10th June 2014 onwards.
Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India, said, “We tested the Polo R2 at two rounds during the previous season. We wish to continue the development and testing of the car further. Moreover, we will require higher budgets to run a full Factory Team while continuing to support our customers in rallying and racing with spares and technical know-how. To ensure uninterrupted support to our customers, we have decided to hold back the Factory Team as of now.”
Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2014 Round 1 is scheduled for 30th May-1st Jun Coimbatore. In the run up week, PS Test is scheduled on 24th-25th May at Coimbatore and Fitness will be checked on 26th-27th May at Bangalore. On the Rally front, Round 1 is scheduled for 13 Jun-15 Jun at Nashik. Last month, Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013 driver Jeffrey Kruger began his debut season with the Volkswagen Castrol Cup 2014.