Volkswagen Polo R WRC is back!

  • Raimund Baumschlager, Volkswagen Polo R WRC
  • Raimund Baumschlager, Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Volkswagen Polo R WRC is back! The world championship-winning car, which disappeared from the global rally scene at the end of 2016, will return to action next weekend (April 28-29) at the Wechselland Rally, which is a part of the Austrian Rally Championship.

An 11-time Austrian rally champion Raimund Baumschlager and his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing Team will be the first privateers in the world to drive the car with which Sebastien Ogier claimed his fourth WRC title last season.

Raimund Baumschlager, Volkswagen Polo R WRC

Raimund Baumschlager and Pirmin Winklhofer

“I am incredibly proud to be allowed to drive the Polo R WRC. It is a great honour for me, and I can hardly put my excitement into words,” said Baumschlager, who will have co-driver Pirmin Winklhofer at his side.

As a customer, Baumschlager will receive support from Volkswagen Motorsport at his outings in the Polo R WRC. For example, engineer Gerard-Jan de Jongh, who was part of world champion Ogier’s successful crew during his time at Volkswagen, will assist Baumschlager. Since 2009, Baumschlager was competing exclusively with Škoda rally cars (Fabia S2000 and Fabia R5)

Photos: volkswagen-motorsport.com,

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