Tough times for VW

The Ger­man firm looks to be out of the WRC

Motor Sport News - - Have your Say - Matt James, Ed­i­tor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

The dark cloud hang­ing over Volk­swa­gen’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship is, I fear, en­tirely pre­dictable. Per­haps the only sur­prise is that it has taken this long to fil­ter through to the front line.

The man­u­fac­turer has dom­i­nated the sport since it reen­tered the WRC’S top flight in 2013. It has cer­tainly not been shy when it comes to putting its hand in its pocket, but the emis­sions scan­dal that has en­veloped the firm was al­ways go­ing to raise alarm bells.

It might be that VW, which could leave the sport at the end of 2017, is fully able to fi­nance a con­tin­ued pro­gramme on the stages. But the exit is more about the per­cep­tion of the firm. It has to be seen to be ‘do­ing the right thing’. That means Audi out of the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship and VW out of ral­ly­ing.

The shock waves from the emis­sions scan­dal show no sign of slow­ing down.

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