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Friday, 03-05-2019 GermanyRally

Testing in competitive conditions

Dieter Depping and the Polo GTI R5 in the AvD Sachsen Rallye

Test driving at race pace: Volkswagen development driver Dieter Depping (Wedemark) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (Rheinsberg) will line up in the AVD Sachsen Rallye (24/25 May) with the Polo GTI R5 with the aim of gaining additional insights for outings on asphalt tracks with the 200 kW (272 PS) four-wheel drive car. Dieter Depping won the German Rally Championship in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and later competed with Timo Gottschalk at, among others, the Dakar Rally. For many years, the 52-year-old Depping has served as the test driver for all Volkswagen Motorsport race and rally cars.

“The Polo GTI R5 is used by our customers around the world in a wide range of conditions,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “During test drives we can simulate many different demands, but in real competition, completely different situations, questions and challenges often arise. Therefore, we have decided to complete the rally in Saxony as a test under competitive conditions, which will primarily be about gaining additional insights into the use of the Polo GTI R5 on asphalt.”

The Polo GTI R5 is the customer vehicle from Volkswagen for rally racing, a car that is based on the Polo GTI for the road and which is eligible for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as well as numerous national championships. That includes the German Rally Championship (DRM), in which the AvD Sachsen Rally serves as the second race. It will be held on challenging asphalt special stages around Zwickau.