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Volkswagen to run WRC driver assessment programme through 2011

Kris Nissen, VW, 2011Scandianavian rally drivers Andreas Mikkelsen and Joonas Lindroos could find themselves at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo R WRC at the start of the 2013 season if they run well on next month's Rally Finland in the Skodas the company is using in it's programme build-up - that's the promise from VW Motorsport director Kris Nissen.

Mikkelsen (Norway) and Lindroos (Finland) are the first two drivers to be selected by Nissen under VW's young driver assessment programme and more are expected to be tested on the four other European WRC rounds this season.

Nissen said: "In addition to a few top-calibre rally racers we want to present top talents in our 2013 driver line-up. Therefore, we will be giving young racers in particular an opportunity to show their skills at our runs in competitive conditions.

"This is the best way to see who is doing a good job of driving and would fit into the Volkswagen rally team. It would be great if we could find a new Walter Röhrl or Michèle Mouton using this approach."

The three-day Rally Finland starts on Thursday July 28.

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