The German manufacturer Volkswagen is making a return to the IRC competition with its latest installment of the Polo Super 2000. Rene Georges Rally Sport will be the team and young Frenchman Julien Maurin will be the driver. The car has ran paces in tarmac testing and will be put to the gravel in a final test before the debut in the Sata Rally Azores from 7-9 May. The team have been developing the car nearly all offseason and hope to bring home some solid points and great developmental information as well.
The Belgium based team was very excited in announcing the deal and looks to have great success in the six event program. Maurin is a rising star in the Rally industry and should have a great learning experience in the Super 2000. I love the fact that we are starting to see other manufacturers putting together the super 2000 program. It is great news for all rally fans, especially after the disappointment that we have been through this off season and the dire state of WRC. Volkswagen have not confirmed a rally program for the WRC as of yet. The company did extend the Dakar Series for another year and we may have to wait until then to see what the future holds.