A highlight of the race


Marklund Motorsport supported by Volkswagen was one of the highlights of the Race of Champions, held at Bushy Park in Barbados last weekend.

Some of the biggest names in motorsport all had a turn in the 600 horsepower Polo RX Supercar, which was used to decide the Nations Cup and Champion of Champions trophy.

While a number of cars were laid on for all the champions to do battle in, the Marklund Motorsport Polo RX Supercar – with its four-wheel drive and acceleration off the line that is faster than a Formula One car – soon turned out to be a firm favourite. Scottish racer David Coulthard won the Champion of Champions title from Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein, and his grand prix experience definitely helped when it came to taming the awesome machinery put before him.

“Of course I don’t race any more – but at this event I had the advantage because being 23 years older than Pascal I’m used to changing gear whereas he was looking for the semi-automatic shift!” said Coulthard. “It’s been a very good weekend.”

Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen was yet another driver to appreciate the qualities of the Marklund Supercar. ”An all-wheel-drive with over 600 horsepower: the Polo is a real highlight,” added Kristensen, who recently announced his retirement from sportscar racing.

This year’s World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg also finally got to sample the car he has been competing against all season, winning the Nations Cup as part of a Nordic team with Kristensen. “I couldn’t resist checking it out,” said Solberg, as he climbed into the Marklund Polo for the test day.

Marklund Motorsport Head of Marketing and Communications Atte Varsta concluded: “It was great fun to go to the Race of Champions and give some other great drivers the chance to sample our Polo. These guys are all very used to speed – but I think they were slightly taken aback by just how fast the rallycross car is! Our cars were a real highlight of the show, and we are very pleased that so many people were able to enjoy watching them in a stunning location like Barbados.”