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MERC champion for the past six years, Nasser Al Attiyah, will make the debut of the Fiesta R5 Evo 2 at the MERC Jordan Rally (May 4-6), replacing the Skoda Fabia R5 which brought him the title last year.  

Raimund Baumschlager (right) with co-driver Pirmin Winklhofer.M-Sport’s own WRC2 championship Evo 2 cars are due to appear in the WRC at the Rally of Portugal (19-21 May) and the company expects that upgrades for customers’ existing Fiesta R5s will begin in June.  

The Evo 2 cars feature new cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds.  

This weekend Volkswagen Motorsport will run a 2016 version Polo R WRC for a non-factory team for the first time when Raimund Baumschlager starts the Wechselland Rallye, third round of the Austrian national championship.

- Martin Holmes

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