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Volkswagen Golf (4) General Information

This car obviously followed on from the Golf 3 Kit Car. Strangely power was slightly down on its predecessor, however results and performances of the predecessor suggested it was a somewhat optimistic figure anyway. The car was also much wider, proper F2 car body kit that was lacking from previous Volkswagen Kit Cars.

It is misleading that with the change to the 4th generation Golf shell the cars were suddenly carrying proper Volkswagen works registrations from Hannover, Germany. The cars were still developped, prepared and run from UK and the works support actually seemed to go down! Fact is that the Golf 4 Kit Car was a rarer sight at WRC level than the Golf 3, and as well there seemed far less publicity and press communication from the team.

This seems perfectly underlined by the fact that the WRC debut of this car was in NZ 1999 with a driver called Simon Evans. No disrespect to Simon Evans, he is an absolute household name in his native Australia for all the right reasons. However Evans was hardly the driver of choice for the European outfit, clearly even the debut was left to a pay driver!

The main program for the Golf Kit Car was once more the BRC. The very sympathic Finn Tapio Laukkanen gave a return to the team, but his 1999 season was bugged with crashes and reliability problems. Tapio was joined by Britain's bright star Mark Higgins, but even he failed to get regular top results out of that car.

Mark at least competed with the car in the WRC events Finland, Australia and GB 1999, of which a 13th place in Australia was the best result. But even that was only 3rd in F2, some 4 min off the pace, not bad but also not as good as a works team with the 2nd generation of their kit car should expect. Strangely this was the only season Volkswagen made an effort at WRC level with this car. Maybe the fact that their star driver Mark Higgins left the team again after only one season also reflects the story behind this car. In 2000 Simon Evans did once again NZ and Australia, but thereafter Golf 4 Kit Car entries already faded away, even on national level.

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Volkswagen Golf (4) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Volkswagen Golf (4) Kit Car (99-00) 269/8250 250/6500 4151.1882.1420 980 (3.6) FWD (2521)

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Volkswagen Golf (4) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
29th. 2006 WRC Rallye Deutschland K. Rosenberger . UNKNOWN #64 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland T. Laukkanen K. Lindström #79 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 2000 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Evans S. Evans #58 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) M. Higgins B. Thomas #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Higgins B. Thomas #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Volkswagen Golf (4) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally Australia (WA) S. Evans S. Evans #39 [UNKNOWN] SS9 gearbox
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally Australia (WA) S. Evans S. Evans #40 [UNKNOWN] SS10 gearbox
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland M. Higgins B. Thomas #30 [UNKNOWN] SS9 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally New Zealand S. Evans S. Evans #53 [UNKNOWN] SS21 crash