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Volkswagen Killing its WRC Motorsport Program

After Audi confirmed it is bowing out of Le Mans, Volkswagen will reportedly pull out of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The German automaker is continuing to cut costs following its massive dieselgate scandal and Volkswagen’s WRC campaign is the latest victim. Autocar reports that a meeting has been held in Wolfsburg, Germany, where the automaker vowed to retain the 200 employees at its Volkswagen Motorsport division, but it won’t be to develop race cars for WRC. Instead, Volkswagen plans to focus on the VW Golf TCR customer car and other motorsport programs within the Volkswagen Group.

Although nothing has been confirmed, one source says the news will come after the affected staff have been notified of the decision.

SEE ALSO: Audi Confirms It’s Ditching Le Mans for Formula E

Earlier this year, Volkswagen announced its development on an all-new Polo WRC to meet 2017 WRC regulations, and it appears the automaker has no intentions to provide it to customer teams.

Volkswagen has had a successful run in WRC, garnering four manufacturer and driver championships throughout the 2013-2016 seasons. It currently has earned 41 victories and it has a chance to get one more with the Australian round of the 2016 championship.

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