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Q&A: Jost Capito, Volkswagen

Jost Capito: We have done everything in our power to ensure that we are competitive from the word go

Volkswagen Motorsport boss Jost Capito looks ahead to 2013 and VW's first year in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC car...



Q:
Jost, the opening event of the World Championship season, and with it the competitive debut of the Polo R WRC, is just one month away. Is Volkswagen ready?

Jost Capito:
Volkswagen has been fortunate enough to be able to prepare for the World Rally Championship on two fronts. On the one hand we spent a good year and a half developing and optimising the Polo R WRC before putting it through extensive tests. On the other hand, the team has been able to gain experience at virtually every World Championship rally with the Fabia S2000 courtesy of our group brand Skoda. This has allowed the team to literally learn from scratch. Eleven class victories from twelve rallies speak for themselves.

Q:
What level of performance has the Polo R WRC achieved at this point?

Jost Capito:
The Polo R WRC is yet to complete a single competitive kilometre. It will not go head to head against its rivals until the Rally Monte Carlo. As such, it is impossible to accurately judge where we are compared to our rivals, who are undoubtedly both strong and experienced. We are very excited to see how the Polo performs – as, I expect, is everyone on the rally scene. I can, however, assure you that we have done everything in our power to ensure that we are competitive from the word go. Our approach has not changed at all: 2013 will be a learning year with the Polo R WRC.

Q:
What exactly are Volkswagen's goals in the World Rally Championship?

Jost Capito:
In principal, you cannot plan sporting success. However, you can only achieve goals if you first identify them. They are as such: in 2013 we want to achieve top-three finishes under our own steam. Our objective for 2014 is to win races, and to challenge for the World Championship title is our goal for 2015. You can count on one thing from Volkswagen over the next few years: we will put our heart and soul into achieving these goals.

Q:
What do you expect from the World Rally Championship in the 2013 season?

Jost Capito:
We expect an exciting contest with Citroen, Ford and Mini. That is precisely what the World Rally Championship is all about: it offers spectators a great package and thrilling motorsport. The World Rally Championship has already proven to be immensely popular and the atmosphere out on the route is electrifying. We must do a better job of meeting this demand in the media. Everyone involved is already working hard to gradually increase the marketing side and media presence of the series.

Q:
Volkswagen had some talented and very promising team members on board in 2012, who were able to have a trial run at World Rally Championship events with cars from its fellow affiliate Skoda. How do you proceed from here in that regard?

Jost Capito:
From 2013 we will exclusively be running the Polo R WRC. Our plan is to provide a Polo R WRC for Andreas Mikkelsen as of the fourth round of the 2013 World Rally Championship. We will also continue to maintain good relations with Skoda and will, to the best of our ability, support them in preparing our Volkswagen juniors Sepp Wiegand and Kevin Abbring for the future.


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