Clock is tick­ing for pri­va­teer Polo plan

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Nine days re­main for a pri­vate deal to be agreed for Volk­swa­gen’s 2017 Polo R WRCS to be used in next sea­son’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The car has com­pleted its ho­molo­ga­tion process, but for the FIA to sign off on the car it will need to be en­tered into the en­tire 2017 World Rally Cham­pi­onship – and that means sourc­ing the en­tire bud­get for two cars be­fore en­tries for the open­ing round in Monte Carlo close next Fri­day.

Volk­swa­gen board mem­ber Frank Welsch told Au­to­car that the 2017 car could still be seen next sea­son.

He said: “Lots of pri­vate teams have been ask­ing to run the [2017] car and, while there is no de­ci­sion on whether we will do that yet, with de­vel­op­ment 99 per cent com­plete it made sense to com­plete the fi­nal hoops re­quired for ho­molo­ga­tion so we can if nec­es­sary. At the mo­ment, all I can say peo­ple are in­ter­ested and we are keep­ing the pos­si­bil­ity open.”

Mar­cus Gron­holm com­pleted the Polo’s fi­nal test in north­ern Swe­den last Wed­nes­day.

Asked what he knew of the po­ten­tial for a pri­vate Polo be­ing used – and pos­si­bly driven by him next sea­son – Se­bastien Ogier said: “Ru­mours are part of our world, but there’s noth­ing in this way I can tell you.”

Ital­ian star Valentino Rossi scored his fifth Monza Rally vic­tory last week­end.the seven-time Mo­togp cham­pion edged Hyundai’s Dani Sordo in his Ford Fi­esta RS WRC.

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