Smeets prom­ises VW will go out on a high

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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.”

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