Smeets promises VW will go out on a high
Volkswagen team principal Sven Smeets is determined to end his team’s recordbreaking World Rally Championship run on a high in Australia this week.
Four years after the Polo R WRC first turned a wheel in the world championship, the Hannover-built machine and the men and women who built it will bow out of the series.
The termination of VW’S programme was confirmed earlier this month.
Smeets said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved in four years in the World Rally Championship. We now face our final WRC rally in Australia, and it is going to be a very emotional weekend for everyone in the team. However, we will be doing everything in our power to put the icing on the cake after our 12 world titles, and will preferably bid farewell with the 43rd win for the Polo R WRC.
“We want to give something back to our fantastic fans around the world for the final time. We will bring to bear everything that has made us so successful over the past 51 rallies: the desire of every single person involved to achieve absolute perfection, an unparalleled team spirit, and a great passion for the sport.”