Volkswagen has been preparing for its maiden World Rally Car campaign next year by contesting the bulk of this term’s WRC schedule. Its lead driver, Sebastien Ogier, has tackled all but one round in an effort to remain ‘match fit’ for next season, while Kevin Abbring, Andreas Mikkelsen and Sepp Wiegand have all been assessed as potential candidates for seats with the German squad in the future.
“After eleven class victories so far, completing the dozen would be further confirmation of our work,” said Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito. “With their one-two class result and positions five and seven most recently in Sardinia, our drivers not only demonstrated their exceptional speed but also showed that they’re capable of taking their cars to the finish intelligently and quickly, and safely as well. We’re selling the Skodas but there are no confirmed deals.”
Ogier added: “Running in the S2000 category has been a good experience. In addition to my team, I’d like to thank Skoda for their support. Now I’m happy that after Spain we can fully concentrate on our first run in the Polo R WRC and then being in contention for the front positions again.”