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FIA issues updated WRC entry list, VW enters second team
7 March 2013
The FIA has published a revised entry list for the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship on the eve of Rally Mexico.
The new list includes the addition of a second Volkswagen Motorsport team, created for Andreas Mikkelsen, who is due to compete in a third VW Polo R WRC car alongside regular drivers, Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala from Rally Portugal onwards.
“The third car was always planned to come, and we chose to have a one-car team in order to give Andreas his fair amount of test days and not to have to share them with our other drivers,” VW team manager, Sven Smeets explained to the official WRC site.
“Also we are a manufacturer, so in order to have the proper space in the service park the complete package for a one-car WRC team was much more interesting to us,” he added.
The full 2013 WRC list, as of March 6, is as follows, although it should be noted that registrations remain open until May 21.2013 FIA World Rally Championship - List of entrants:
*Manufacturers:Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen Citroen DS3 WRCCitroen Total World Rally Team Sebastien Loeb / Dani Sordo Citroen DS3 WRCQatar M-Sport World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRCQatar M-Sport World Rally Team Evgeny Novikov Ford Fiesta RS WRCVolkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRCVolkswagen Motorsport Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRCWRC Teams:Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team Dani Sordo / Khalid Al-Qassimi Citroen DS3 WRCLotos Team WRC Michal Kosciousko MINI John Cooper Works WRCQatar World Rally Team Thierry Neuville / Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RS WRCJipocar Czech National Team Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC Volkswagen Motorsport II Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC
* Drivers in italics
were not included on the entry list released by FIA.