Clock is ticking for privateer Polo plan
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  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.”