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A test session in Finland looks to have shown the potential of Volkswangen's new Polo R World Rally Car, which is set to make its WRC debut on Rally d'Italia in October, after an agreement has been reached between the German manufacturer and the FIA.

VW had been trying to run the Polo as zero car (course car) on the penultimate round of this year's World Rally Championship in Sardinia, but that request had been turned down, according to reports in Europe.

"We can't run as zero car," VW's Stefan Moser said, "but it looks like we will take a test run in Sardinia. We will not run competitively; they [the FIA] allow us to start the race, but we will not take times. We get the answer from the FIA on this subject this week."

The precise logistics of how and where a single Polo R WRC driven by Sebastien Ogier will feature in the running order has yet to be clarified

Ogier was pleased with the news of his Italian outing.

"I don't know too much detail about this," said the Frenchman, "but it is disappointing not to run as zero car, so this could be a good solution. OK, we can't be in the classficiation, but I'm sure somehow it will be possible to finally make the comparison from our car against the others."

See the impressive video of the VW Polo WRC being tested in Finland below.


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