Don't be fooled by VW's scandal smokescreen

Don't be fooled by VW's scandal smokescreen

Forget the emissions scandal fallout excuse, Audi and Volkswagen's departures from the World Endurance Championship and World Rally Championship are evidence that concepts like electric rallycross will form motorsport's future

First Audi, then Volkswagen: their withdrawals from the World Endurance Championship and World Rally Championship respectively certainly sent shockwaves not only through the FIA's premier non-Formula 1 series, but through global motorsport, for, between them, the championships reach all inhabited continents save Africa.

That VW Group would realign its international motorsport activities was not unexpected, for the company, arguably the world's number one depending upon metric, continues to reel under the strain of 'dieselgate', and has done so since the scandal was revealed in September 2015.

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