The finer details of the agreement are still being finalised and at this stage it appears Sebastien Ogier will participate in the rally but he will not be included in the official timing.
Volkswagen’s marketing head, Stefan Moser, explains they were originally hoping to run the Polo R WRC as the zero car.
“We can’t run as zero car,” said Moser, “but it looks like we will take a test run in Sardinia. We will not run competitively; they [the FIA] allow us to start the race, but we will not take times. We get the answer from the FIA on this subject this week.”
Assuming this all goes ahead as reported, Volkswagen will no doubt have an army of statisticians on hand conducting their own timing. Like many, we’ll be waiting for the results with great anticipation.