I guess all of you are aware of Volkswagens current domination of the WRC. A high budget and good drivers has secured titles in two out of the two years they've been in the WRC. However, in rallycross things are slightly different. Though VW's have won rounds both in WorldRX and GRC, titles are still to come. This year they want to do something about that.
And since this site reaches out to mostly US residents, I'll start with the Global Rallycross program. Tanner Foust and Scott Speed is confirmed for a full program in the GRC, driving Volkswagen New Beetles run by Andretti Autosport. Last year these cars were brand new, so they should be even better this year. Scott Speed was fighting for the title until the last round in 2014, and his ability to stay out of trouble can make him win rounds this year as well. Tanner Foust is one out of very few drivers to win rounds both in WorldRX/EuroRX and GRC, and he will try to replicate that this year as well. His schedule also contains four rounds in WorldRX: Lydden Hill, Canada, France and Spain. He then joins Marklund Motorsport for a customer seat, driving a VW Polo like last year.
Marklund Motorsport revealed their plans today in a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden. We've known for some time now that Anton Marklund has joined Mattias Ekström and EKSRX, and that his replacement is former WRC-driver and former JWRC champion Per-Gunnar "PG" Andersson. Andersson did two rounds last year, and just missed out of the semifinals in both. 2013 Global Rallycross Champion Toomas "Topi" Heikkinen continues with the team as well, looking to improve on his 2nd in last years WorldRX. This is a team that could very well beat OlsbergsMSE in the manufacturer championship as well. Joining them for a EuroRX campaign is Norwegian veteran Tommy Rustad, who will also contest in the WorldRX event in Höljes, Sweden.
At the end of last year Johan Kristofferson stated that he wanted to do a full WorldRX season in 2015. At the same event as Marklund, Kristofferson Motorsport (KMS) announced a similar three-car programme as Marklund. Joining Johan is the experienced Norwegian Tord Linnerud, who has a similar tarmac racing background as Johan, but has done a lot of rallying as well. Both of them proved their raw speed in EuroRX last year, and it will be interesting to see how they can perform in improved machinery. Norwegian youngster Ole Christian Veiby will be the teams EuroRX hope, as he adds this campaign to his already packed schedule.
This means that in some WorldRX rounds we might see seven VW Polos. Seven VW Polos that are all good enough to both get to and win the final. And I haven't even mentioned the VW Scirocco of Ramona Karlsson, or Per Eklunds New Beetle! Citroën and Ford dominated WRC for years, and has dominated WorldRX and GRC so far. Now Volkswagen are dominating WRC, and they're coming for rallycross as well? We'll get the first answers in Portugal, April 25-26.