Ahead of its début at the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally, Volkswagen will not only be developing and perfecting its 300 hp Polo R WRC car, but assessing prospective pilots for the Baby VW rally car.

The Volkswagen team will be taking part in selected rallies throughout 2011 to gain valuable experience, borrowing a machine from elsewhere in the Volkswagen brand – a 270 hp Škoda Fabia S2000 SWRC car – to give potential future drivers a chance to shine.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen has stated that, apart from established WRC stars, the team would be willing to take on younger drivers – if they impressed him under competitive conditions, saying: “It would be great if we could find a new Walter Röhrl or Michèle Mouton using this approach.”

The first event will be next month’s Finland Rally, with the team running two cars; the first driven by 22-year-old Andreas Mikkelsen, and the second by 26-year-old Joonas Lindroos.

Good luck guys!

[Source: Volkswagen Motorsport]

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