The farce that kept 2017 VWs out of the WRC

The farce that kept 2017 VWs out of the WRC

The 2017 World Rally Championship season has started promisingly - but it could have been so much better if not for a sorry tale that should leave a bitter taste in the mouths of rally fans

Jari-Matti Latvala stepped from his car, paused for a moment, then put both hands on the roof and lowered his head. Silent prayer? Quite possibly. This was Coffs Harbour at the end of Rally Australia last year.

Like his Volkswagen Motorsport colleagues, emotions were running high for Latvala. There was genuine disbelief on his face. The end of the road had been reached.

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