VW tests rally team
SPANISH RALLY: Volkswagen’s successfully test it’s rally team ahead of its Polo R WRC debut in 2013.
Volkswagen Motorsport has continued with preparations ahead of the Polo R WRC making its debut in 2013, completing a successful test at the Spainish Rally in Catalunya.
The team fielded two Fabia S2000 cars in order to gather valuable experience in the top category of rally racing.
With German duo Christian Riedemann and Michael Wenzel, and Spaniards Yeray Lemes and co-driver Rogelio Peñate in the cockpits, two young driver pairings had the chance to prove their skills in a professional environment on an international stage.
Lemes and Peñate claimed fourth place in their class and 14th overall, while Riedemann and Wenzel crossed the finish line in Salou eighth in their class and 20th in the overall classification.
VW’s motorsport director Kris Nissen said: “We’ve have more than a year before our entry into the World Rally championship.We’re using this time efficiently by participating in WRC rounds with VW group vehicles of the Skoda brand and familiarising ourselves with the WRC in competitive conditions in parallel to the development of the Polo R WRC.
“Our two young pairings did well in the competition. Yeray Lemes showed he can keep the pace of the quickest cars on different terrain while Christian Riedemann was running well, especially on tarmac. For the whole VW team, the participation in the rally has been a valuable experience and now we’re preparing for our next run in Wales.”
Lemes said: “We’re more than pleased. We quickly got used to the car on gravel and were able to seriously attack on tarmac. The result makes us very happy, particularly in front of so many fans from my home region, the Canary Islands.”
VW will continue its WRC preparations in the Welsh Rally in November. German Sepp Wiegand and Dakar Rally-winning co-driver Timo Gottschalk while Ducth driver Kevin Abbring will race with co-driver Lara Vanneste.