VW hunts for so­lu­tion to drive­shaft trou­ble

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Volk­swa­gen faces a race against time to de­ter­mine the drive­shaft prob­lem which al­most cost it the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle at last week’s Wales Rally GB.

All three Polo R WRCS suf­fered a front drive­shaft fail­ure on the open­ing day of the Dee­side event, but Se­bastien Ogier’s car mak­ing it through to the fin­ish en­sured the Ger­man team could cel­e­brate a fourth-straight ti­tle.

The three fac­tory Po­los will be flown to Syd­ney on Fri­day this week for the sea­son fi­nale in New South Wales later this month and team prin­ci­pal Sven Smeets says the pres­sure is on to find the cause be­fore the plane leaves.

“We sent the drive­shafts back to Han­nover early to start this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said. “We have some ideas, but we don’t know for sure and we need to know be­fore we send the cars – we can­not risk hav­ing this hap­pen again on the other side of the world.”

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