HPA Motorsports and Steve Goldin Racing joined with RennGruppe Motorsports and Brimtek to campaign a pair of DSG-equipped Volkswagen Jettas for the 2012 SCCA World Challenge series, resulting in a podium finish. The successful debut of these tuned Jettas solidifies HPA’s entry into the four-cylinder aftermarket.
Car 33 – Tristan Herbert, Car 55 – Jeff Altenburg
Tristan Herbert piloted HPA’s new tuned 2.0TSI/DSG powertrain package to a third-palce finish on its debut weekend. Along the way, he also set a track record for the class with a lap time of 1:25.1 and captured starting position two for the first race, and backed that up by capturing Pole Position for race two.
Race one featured an epic battle for the lead that ended four minutes before the 52-minute race was over with the number 33 car going hard into the wall, handing the lead and win over to the Mazdaspeed 3. The RennGroupe team, defying the odds, worked through the night to thrash out a body restoration on car 33 in time to take the grid for race two.
Race two saw the standing start claim two GTS cars trapping the pole sitter and teammate Altenburg, sliding them to the back of the field before turn one. Patience and a management strategy on brakes kept the drivers cool. Both 2.0TSI engines performed without flaw and the DSG offered a perfect solution for hitting the shifts hard and fast to gain ground.
With two laps to go in the second race, both HPA Jettas were freight-training to the front when Jeff lost his brakes and came to pit lane where he was retired. Tristan in car 33 was struggling with his brakes but managed to get one last lap in to claim third place on the podium.
“The RennGruppe team built two amazing chassis, the KW Suspensions coliover was competitive straight out of the box, and our drivers, simply put, Got ‘er Done,” according to the HPA crew. “The entire team is ecstatic with the performance of the DSG and 2.0TSI. Herbert and Altenburg drove smart races while adjusting to their new cars. We have a long season ahead, but feel that the 2012 Jetta TSI is a solid foundation and we will continue to develop our powertrain program from here.”
HPA Motorsports, long known for its VR6 performance enhancements, is shifting its attention to support the 2.0T aftermarket, starting with a full TSI tuning solution. Watch the comapy’s website and Facebook as this new and exciting program is rolled out.