Volkswagen’s new Polo R5 racing car expected debut competition was the Spanish rally in October, but for the first time this car competed for customer use at the turn of November-December in the Czech Republic. In the paint, Vojtech Stajf’s position was finally Fifth, and did not win far.
Between 2000 and 2013, in the Czech rally series, a smaller class championship was celebrated, and this year the Czech driver Vojtech Stajf, the 44th in the Cycling Race in Cyprus, was honored to be the first to compete with Volkswagen’s new Polo R5 in a customer-driven car.
Stajf took part in the Prague Miniature Rally in his home country with Raimund Baumschlager’s Volkswagen team. When five of the six specials had been run, Stajf found that he was leading the competition by as much as 13.2 seconds. On the last special stage, Stajf, however, collapsed into a run-off that cost so much time that the finish eventually fell to fifth. Martin Kocille Stajf lost to 6.1 seconds. A total of 38.9 kilometers was run in the race.
Also featured in Prague was the rally European Championship this year was won by Alexey Lukyanuk, who participated in the race with the Czech Rufa Sport team Ford Fiesta R5. Team Leader Miroslav Houst climbed the map reader. It was clear that Lukyanuk started the route as an absolute advance, but the Russian driver on the wholly distracted tires was finally ranked seventh.
– Dry tire tires under the circumstances of Monte Carlo, Lukyanuk commented quite well after the race.
Last weekend, the Monza Rally Show in Monza, Italy, also saw one Volkswagen Polo R5, driven by Italian Alessandro Re. And also in this race, Volkswagen’s new car showed that potential was found when Re folded into the R5 car class second.
The break for Luca Rossetti was 17.2 seconds behind, but the same was true of the Italian rally series, including the Italian rally championship this year, already won for the 11th time by Paolo Andreucci, the double champion of the rally and Giandomenico Basso of the TER series this year. Andrea Crugnola, the third rider in the Italian rally series, won last year in Monza R5 and was ranked sixth in the overall WRC race.
On the Finnish rally, the new Volkswagen Polo R5 cars will be available for at least two years with the certainty of Emil Lindholm and Lars Stugemo. These cars were brought to Finland by PrintSport, headed by Eero Raikkonen.