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TEST SPY: NEW VW POLO R5

VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT TESTED ITS NEW POLO R5 ON GRAVEL ROADS IN GREECE LAST WEEK, AS PREPARATIONS RAMP UP FOR THE CAR’S DEBUT AT RALLYRACC CATALUNYA – RALLY DE ESPAÑA (25-28 OCTOBER).

The Polo, which will be eligible for the WRC 2 championship, was driven by reigning WRC 2 champion Pontus Tidemand and 14-time Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager.

The pair clocked up more than 500km of running during the three-day test from Wednesday to Friday.

A team source told wrc.com its engineers were happy with the Polo’s performance and handling on the rough gravel stages.

It’s the second gravel test in a month for the new car after Eric Camilli and rising Finnish star Emil Lindholm tested the Polo on smoother, high-speed stages in Finland. Another test is planned in Italy before the car travels to Spain for its competitive debut.