Volkswagen has hinted it could field a factory Polo GTI R5 on more WRC2 events or European Rally Championship rounds in 2019.
VW had initially been adamant that it would only enter "one or two rallies in key markets" with its own works team before the car became a purely customer project.
The R5 car made a successful debut with Eric Camilli and Petter Solberg in the World Rally Championship's Rally Spain round, running first and second early during the first day's running.
But Camilli retired with a broken selector rod in his gearbox and Solberg went on to finish third.
VW has now intimated that its works team will make more appearances, with Smeets hinting that future factory entries could come in mid-season European WRC rounds or ERC events in 2019.
"It won't be this year and it won't be Monte Carlo," he said. "We have customers going to Sweden so there's no point in us going there and, for sure, we won't go to the overseas events [outside Europe].
"We might go to some nice European [championship] events, maybe we'll do an Ypres or Barum [Rally Zlin] or something like that."