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VW: Leaving Dakar Rallye in favor of WRC?

VW Dakar Rallye

Rumor has it that VW will leave the Dakar Rallye in favor of the WRC. Not surprised!

Volkswagen is unlikely to compete four a fourth consecutive Dakar Rally title in 2012, with the German automotive giant expected to focus its motorsport energy on its 2013 entry in the World Rally Championship.

Late last week, 2011 Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah told Autosport he did not expect to contest the world’s toughest race next year, with Volkswagen all but committed to exiting the event.

“It doesn’t look so possible now,” Al-Attiyah said. “I won’t go there without my engineer and the same team. This is not sensible and I don’t think we will be able to do it.

“It’s a great shame, I really wanted to defend my title.”