Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely

Volkswagen hasn't disappeared completely

Volkswagen's abrupt departure from the World Rally Championship it was dominating was one of the winter's biggest shocks. Now 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg's World Rallycross team has VW support. What does that mean for World RX and what remains of Volkswagen Motorsport?

How times have changed. Volkswagen's last launch of a major motorsport programme involved a vast marquee on Sardinia's Costa Smeralda and a lot of people.

And that was just to tell folk that VW would be coming to the World Rally Championship. When it actually arrived, the rallying world decamped to Monaco and was wined and dined by the German manufacturer. It was very impressive. Very Volkswagen.

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