Gron­holm to sign off Volk­swa­gen’s run­ning

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Mar­cus Gron­holm will be the last man to drive Volk­swa­gen’s Polo R WRC in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity, when he tests the 2017 car early next month.

The two-time world cham­pion will run the Polo for two days af­ter Volk­swa­gen’s own test driver Di­eter Dep­ping.

“Di­eter will do some small cal­i­bra­tion work on the car for the first day,” said team prin­ci­pal Sven Smeets, “but af­ter that, it’s Mar­cus. The car is run­ning in Swe­den, it’s a snow test north of Oster­sund. This gives us the chance to com­plete the job and sign ev­ery­thing off.”

Ul­ti­mately, the 2017 Polo will not be ho­molo­gated by the FIA, that rub­ber­stamp is only pos­si­ble once the man­u­fac­turer com­mits to com­pet­ing in the cham­pi­onship, but Volk­swa­gen will take the car as far as pos­si­ble through the pro­ce­dure.

Af­ter the test in the first week of De­cem­ber, there are no fur­ther plans for the Polo. The test car will be re­turned to Han­nover. The Monte Carlo cars which were in build will be com­pleted, but the agreed Red Bull liv­ery will never be stick­ered onto the Polo.

Plans for the De­cem­ber 7 date set aside for the car’s launch in Ber­lin have been al­tered, with some of the team us­ing the venue for their Christ­mas party in­stead.

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