Two-car Polo R5 debut

Volkswagen Motorsport has confirmed it will enter a pair of Polo R5s at RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España (25-28 October).

The German manufacturer said in April that it would compete at the penultimate round of the season with its new WRC 2 contender, but the news it will enter two cars instead of one is an unexpected development.

The mixed-surface rally will be the debut event for the all-new machine and will give Volkswagen its first insight into how competitive the Polo R5 is in the WRC's main support category.

It will also be Volkswagen's first appearance at a WRC event since it withdrew from the series at the end of 2016, having claimed four drivers' and manufacturers' titles with its Polo R WRC.

We will compete at the Rally Spain with two cars from our own team,” Sven Smeets, motorsport director, confirmed. “The aim is to demonstrate the competitiveness of the new Polo R5 at the highest level and on different surfaces.”

The car will have completed close to 10,000 testing kilometres by the time it takes the start of his maiden event next month.

Volkswagen still hasn't confirmed which drivers will take the wheel in Spain, but reigning WRC 2 champion Pontus Tidemand and former M-Sport WRC driver Eric Camilli have both been strongly linked to the opportunity after testing the Polo R5 recently.

The manufacturer has already sold 15 cars to customers in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal and Sweden.

As a precursor to the car's homologation on 1 October, it welcomed its privateer customers to its Hannover base last week where they familiarised themselves with the Polo R5 and sampled its performance alongside test driver Dieter Depping.

The videos below show the Polo R5 being put through its paces during tests on asphalt and grave. Thanks to WRC fans Luca Rally and Dimitris Roumelis.

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