Rallycross: Volkswagen to contest World Championship with 2 Polo RX Supercars

From press release

Volkswagen Motorsport has agreed an exclusive three-year partnership with Sweden’s Marklund Motorsport to enter the new-for-2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

This latest news follows hot on the heels of the recent announcement that both Ford and Peugeot are committing to this year’s World RX, as well as news that 2013 Global Rallycross Champion Toomas ‘Topi’ Heikkinen will join Marklund Motorsport as the team’s lead driver for the next two seasons.

Finland’s Heikkinen and his teammate Anton Marklund will compete in all 12 rounds of this year’s World RX and the Scandinavian pairing will debut their new Marklund Motorsport Polo RX Supercars at Montalegre, Portugal (May3-4).

Rallycross Volkswagen Polo RX Supercars

Volkswagen Polo rallycross car. (Photo: VW Europe)

“Rallycross is attracting ever-increasing levels of attention in Europe and overseas and is one of the fastest growing motorsport disciplines out there. The races are short and sweet, the cars are spectacular and look almost like factory models. Marklund Motorsport ranks among the most ambitious independent teams and has single-handedly developed the Polo for the 2014 FIA Rallycross World Championship,” said Volkswagen’s Motorsport Director, Jost Capito.

“Jan Marklund’s professional approach was our condition before embarking on this collaboration, in which Volkswagen Motorsport provides the team experience and expertise from rally sport. In Toomas Heikkinen and Anton Marklund they have one of the strongest driver pairs in this championship and we are already excited about seeing them behind the wheel of the Polo RX supercar,” Capito added.

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