Although the overall championship title has already been settled, there's still plenty to play for in Volkswagen's own rally championship - the Castrol Polo Challenge - which reaches its final round this Sunday [26 October] on the Hampshire-based Tempest Clubman Rally.

Sophie Robinson, fresh from her superb third-place finish in Tunisia on the World Cup Rally, returns to the Castrol Polo Challenge hoping to secure third place in the championship.

Robinson, from Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, needs only to finish the Tempest to snatch third place overall in the championship for the second successive season. Her only rival for third spot, Lancashire's Kenny Brown, has elected not to contest this round.

Robinson knows her task is not as easy as it might appear: "We failed to finish the Tempest last year after a mechanical problem, so I know that I can't count on getting to the end. But I'll give it my best shot: third in the championship is my goal."

Joining the Polo party on the Tempest will be Swedish Championship frontrunner Stellan Karlsson, who usually drives a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Among the absentees will be Clive Wheeler, who claimed the Polo crown for the second successive year when he won the penultimate round, the Trackrod, last month. Wheeler hasn't finished with Volkswagens for the season quite yet, though: he's due back in action in December on the Rallye Maspalomas in Gran Canaria.

The South of England Tempest Clubman Rally is centred on Aldershot's Rushmoor Arena, which hosts two special stages and the central service area. There are a total of 12 stages and 46 competitive miles.

Provisional championship placings: 1 Clive Wheeler (Albourne), 169 points; 2 Jari Laakso (Finland), 132; 3 Kenny Brown (Heywood), 95; 4 Sophie Robinson (Moreton Morrell), 80, etc.

 

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