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After a faulty oil cooler ground his Volkswagen Polo to a halt within sight of the finish of Rally Australia, a frustrated Michael Boaden has decided to call an early end to his 2014 season.

“We knew the problem was with the oil cooler, but until we pulled the engine apart we didn’t know if there was more damage,” explained Boaden. “The good news is we must have stopped the car just in time, the bad news is it just started to graze the number three conrod.”
Having sat out the second Round of the season in order to hone a newly developed normally-aspirated engine in his Polo, Boaden confirmed that the damage sustained at Rally Australia was enough to force his hand on the final Round of the season.
“I said straight after Rally Australia that if there was damage then that would be it for the year. I could have fixed the engine but what would be the point, we’re not in contention for the title, there was nothing to be gained by going to Victoria,” he stated.
Boaden currently sits sixth in the points standings on 115 points, to Championship leader Scott Pedder’s 390 points.
“It is disappointing because it’s an ancillary component that’s let us done. A crack in a brand new oil cooler is the culprit, the engine itself was performing brilliantly. That’s what’s frustrating for me, it’s still got me feeling pretty deflated,” Michael added.
Boaden has promised to get the Polo’s engine back to full health but he admits that his future with the car remains unclear. “It’s a great car, great fun to drive, but maybe for me it’s time to sit back for a while and work out where rallying is going for me.”
“I’m not saying I won’t run the car again, however if someone was interested in buying it then I’d move it on. I have other cars I can drive, maybe even some time in a Classic car sounds pretty good,” he added.
The frustration for Boaden is that the progress he was making with the VW Polo was beginning to yield results, his stage times at Rally Australia well on par with his rivals.
“I know I can be on the pace of the Citroen’s, we proved that pace at Rally Oz. That bits disappointing for me, we began to show what we could do, and the result was right there.”
“Rallying is about having fun,” he continued. “I think I need to find that again, having fun.”

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