The cuts leave Volkswagen out of the World Rally championship

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Volkswagen leaves the World Rally championship at the end of this season. The German brand has announced the restructuring of its racing program to 2017 and the WRC is out of it after four years of absolute success in the that have been made with 12 titles. From now on will focus on the championships of passenger cars with regulation TCR –racing customer - and in the Rallycross.

The news has caught by surprise to all. Volkswagen had everything ready to fight again next season for the world Championship of rallies. The development of the Polo R WRC was launched from months ago. Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen, who were already confirmed, they will have to now find a new seat.... but with those names, does not seem like it's going to be difficult.

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Although Volkswagen does not give explanations about what is the trigger for this decision, everything seems to indicate that the ‘Dieselgate’ are very much concerned about the German brand is already preparing for possible sanctions. For this reason, it is also important a clean image. Last week, Audi -a sister brand VW also announced the restructuring of its program and in this case the victim was the WEC, the Championship of the World of Resistencito in that of Ingolstadt had also dominated.

“We have surpassed by far our sporting goals in the WRC, we are now readjusting Volkswagen Motorsport and focusing on the vehicle technology of the future," Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Directors responsible for Technical Development.

51 rallies played, 42 wins and 621 best times in sections Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen will have no problem to find a seat for next year. For the four-time Champion as rumored, Citroën would have already done site. Like Toyota for Latvala or Ford for Mikkelsen.... But none of this is far from official, just because there has been time for there to be contact between riders and brands.. and for that, they are only rumors.

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Volkswagen begins now a new stage in which it will focus on the development of its for road cars and in particular of new technologies. The staff up until now focused on competition, will be relocated in other departments who will work on the vehicles of the future. The brand emphasizes the importance of the development of electric cars in the short term.

Be that as it may, it is a shame for the WRC that is left without one of its manufacturers stars. For the moment, it is not known what will happen with the Polo R WRC that are in full development. Maybe could be a good basis for a private team, with the insurance that they would get a good number of podiums.

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