|| The development of the Polo R WRC for entry in the 2013 World Rally Championship is in full swing. As at the upcoming Neste Oil Rally Finland (28 – 30 July) Volkswagen Motorsport will also be fielding two cars of the Volkswagen Group’s Škoda brand at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland (18 – 21 August 2011).
And again two young racers will have the chance to qualify for future runs in the Polo R WRC. For the ADAC Rallye Deutschland Volkswagen Motorsport is signing the German Christian Riedemann and the Dutchman Hans Weijs junior.
The cars to be fielded are two near-270-hp (199 kW) Fabias which are prepared according to the regulations for the WRC Super 2000 category.
Car number one will be driven by Riedemann, along with co-driver Michael Wenzel. For Riedemann, who is a candidate for support by the ADAC Sport Foundation and is assisted by the ADAC Club Weser-Ems, this will be the first run in a Super 2000 vehicle. In addition, the trained vehicle mechatronics specialist is the only German to contest the WRC Academy for young drivers held as part of the WRC. After two rounds Riedemann/Wenzel are ranking in seventh place here. Prior to this Riedemann won the ADAC Rallye Junior Cup (2009) and contested the German Rally Championship. Successes at the Rallye Deutschland are nothing new to the driver from Lower Saxony – in 2010 he secured victory here at a junior one-make cup.
The second car as well will be driven by a racer who has already entered his name on the winners’ lists of the Rallye Deutschland: Last year in Trier, Weijs junior secured the maximum number of points in the Junior WRC – the predecessor of the WRC Academy. In the 2010 annual classification the Dutchman was ultimately the runner-up. In 2009 and 2008 the trained vehicle mechanic gathered international experience in the Junior WRC as well. At the past Ypern Rally in Belgium, a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) with a strong field of entrants, Weijs and his Belgian co-driver Bjorn Degandt in the Škoda Fabia clinched third place in front of clearly more seasoned rivals.
“The ADAC Rallye Deutschland marks the second step in our talent assessment program,” explained Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.
He added, “As in Finland, we’ve again selected two young drivers who have already shown great potential in their brief careers. They are now receiving the unique opportunity to recommend themselves in the toughest competitive conditions for a slot in the Volkswagen rally team.”
Edited: Volkswagen Motorsport