Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Germany’s Dieter Depping will make his rallycross debut in the 11th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Estering in Germany, racing a Volkswagen Polo GTI for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden.

The Volkswagen Motorsport test driver will be only the third driver to race a Volkswagen Motorsport built Polo in World RX, alongside Norway’s Petter Solberg and Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson. Depping has driven in rallying, cross country rallies and circuit racing in his career and has also spent significant time at the wheel of Volkswagen’s Polo, developing it for the World Rally Championship.

“When Motorsport Director Sven Smeets asked me if I could envisage starting at my home race in Buxtehude, I didn’t need to think about it for long,” said the 51-year-old. “I’m really looking forward to the races at the Estering, but I also have a huge amount of respect for them – particularly the start. I will prepare well for the races and am already looking forward to the great setting at the Estering. My thanks also go to Petter Solberg’s team, who are taking me and my Polo under their wing for this competition.”

The PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Polo GTIs have be developed from WRC-specification cars by Volkswagen Motorsport. “Dieter Depping has done a valuable job for Volkswagen as a test driver and racing driver for many years now. He was part of the Dakar team, was involved in the development of countless racing cars and, last but not least, played a major role in Volkswagen bringing home a total of twelve world championship titles with the Polo R WRC,” said Sven Smeets. “The start in Buxtehude is a way of thanking Dieter Depping for his fantastic work, but we are also delighted to have a local hero lining up at the rallycross highlight in Lower Saxony.”

PSRX scored a one-two finish in the eighth round of World RX at Trois-Rivieres in Canada earlier this month.


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