Po­los to find a home in new pri­va­teer FIA WRC Tro­phy

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Volk­swa­gen’s de­ci­sion to run pri­vate 2016 Polo R WRCS next sea­son has height­ened aware­ness of the 2017 FIA WRC Tro­phy.

The re­turn of a pri­va­teers’ ti­tle of­fers the driv­ers of year-old World Rally Cars the chance of global glory. Like this year’s WRC2 sup­port series, driv­ers can reg­is­ter to take WRC Tro­phy points on any one of the 13 ral­lies, but they can only count seven scores.

One of the ini­tial ar­gu­ments against the Tro­phy was that there wouldn’t be suf­fi­cient va­ri­ety of cars, with the over­whelm­ing num­ber of pri­vate driv­ers run­ning Ford Fi­esta RS WRCS. That’s changed with DS3 WRCS, i20s and now the Po­los ar­riv­ing on the mar­ket.

Volk­swa­gen’s Sven Smeets said the Tro­phy would be­come a nat­u­ral home for the car that has won the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle for the last four years.

“The Tro­phy makes sense as the ba­sis of a pro­gramme for a pri­vate driver rent­ing one of our cars,” Smeets told MN.

Full de­tails of the series are ex­pected from WMSC this week.

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