VW Motorsports have choosed out of New Zealand Rally for developmental tests, team manager Sven Smeets confirms. He says, "We were testing in Greece last week and in the next few weeks we have planned for tests in Finland and Germany".
As the mid-season break is after the Rally New Zealand, and the next six rounds will be starting from August, Sven says, "It is going to help us in testing & developing the Polo R WRC better, as in the next six rounds after round 7 WRC is packed in just under 4 months, and they would only have 2 months left to do the finalisation on the homologation of the Polo R WRC car for next season". He also adds, "The overseas events like Mexico and Argentina has helped them to assess the logistical perspective of such events, so skipping New Zealand Rally should not affect their full season attack next year onwards".
Its actually nice to hear such positive plans from the German car maker in their firm stance of their competition regardless of the chaos in the WRC event organisers & FIA for the upcoming season 2013. Hope their optimistic point of view is adopted by the whole WRC fraternity.. fingers crossed!