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With Volkswagen participating in so many forms of Motorsport around the world, it’s often difficult to keep track of their performance. Luckily for us, Volkswagen Motorsport goes through the trouble of rounding up all of the key information from their various race series, and puts it all in one press release. Let’s get started.
FIA World Rally Championship
Latvala triumphs in WRC home rally – match balls in Germany
A great day for duo Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) and a great day for Volkswagen: for the first time in four years, a Finnish duo triumphed in their home event in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Latvala/Anttila won ‘their’ rally in the Polo R WRC in what proved to be a veritable thriller all the way to the finishing line, clinching victory over their teammates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) by just 3.6 seconds. Volkswagen’s excellent team success was rounded off by Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) finishing in fourth place overall. Volkswagen has therefore equalled its best team result to date in the WRC, which it set at Rally Argentina in May. Ahead of Rally Germany on 21 to 24 August, Volkswagen therefore has match balls to clinch all three WRC championship titles – for the manufacturer, the driver and the co-driver.
Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup
Pepper extends his overall lead in Spielberg
Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) gave himself the best possible belated present to mark his 18th birthday – the South African achieved his fourth win of the season in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup on Sunday, three days after his birthday, and has therefore extended his overall lead. After the seventh of ten races this season, he is now comfortably in front on 237 points, ahead of Victor Bouveng of Sweden on 201, who finished third in both of the weekend’s races on the Red Bull Ring. Pepper catapulted himself from fourth place to pole position before the first corner. In the first race on Saturday, Chris Smiley of the UK scored his first victory in what proved to be one of the closest races ever held in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. Smiley finished 0.1 seconds ahead of Nicolaj Møller Madsen (DK), while third place went to Victor Bouveng (S), who was 0.2 seconds behind. The fifth racing weekend of the season is from 15 to 17 August on the Nürburgring.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Wins for Blomqvist and Giovinazzi in Spielberg ‘powered by Volkswagen’
Triumph ‘powered by Volkswagen’ in the Alps: Antonio Giovinazzi (I) and Tom Blomqvist (GB) scored victories in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Spielberg, Austria. The son of the former rally world champion Stig Blomqvist was the outstanding driver of the weekend, scoring one win and two second places in the weekend’s three races. The decision as to who would win the first race came on the first corner, when Esteban Ocon (F) and Max Verstappen (NL) collided, enabling Blomqvist and Giovinazzi to move into the top two spots. In the second race, Blomqvist achieved Volkswagen’s best result, finishing in second place. In the final race, the icing on the cake came in the form of a one-two victory: Giovinazzi crossed the finishing line 3.1 seconds ahead of Blomqvist. In the overall rankings, the Volkswagen drivers have reduced the lead of the current front-runner Esteban Ocon (379 points). After 24 out of 33 races this season, Verstappen is in second place with 285 points, ahead of Blomqvist on 269. The next racing weekend is just around the corner, on 15 to 17 August on the Nürburgring.
One win each for Wolk and van Weely in Phakisa
Nicholas van Weely and Robert Wolk (ZA/ZA) shared the victories evenly in the two races for Formula Volkswagen South Africa in Phakisa. Wolk won the first race, while victory in the second race was clinched by Van Weely, who also won both of the races in the last event in East London. Beforehand, Wolk beat van Weely by 0.398 seconds in the qualifying session. Wolk won the first race after ten laps, with a lead of just over three seconds, ahead of Werner Scholtz and Jason Campos (ZA/ZA). Van Weely missed out on a podium finish in this race, coming fourth. Things went better for him in the second race, though, and he clinched victory, pushing Wolk into second place. The third-placed driver in the first race was Jason Campos. The next two races in Formula Volkswagen South Africa will be held in Zwartkops (ZA) on 30 August.
Engen Volkswagen Cup
Phakisa: another win for 15-year-old van der Linde
Sheldon van der Linde (ZA) scored another win on the fifth racing weekend in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The South African, who is just 15 years old, triumphed in the second race in Phakisa, following on from his premiere victory in Port Elizabeth. Scirocco R-Cup champion Kelvin van der Linde’s younger brother pushed Dewald Brummer and Trevor Bland (ZA/ZA) into second and third place on the 4.24-kilometre course. The South African Daniel Rowe, who achieved the fastest time in the qualifying session, won the first race, ahead of his compatriots Dewald Brummer and van der Linde. The next races in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa will be held in Zwartkops (ZA) on 30 August.
Fun Cup Great Britain
Racelogic and Team Tiger victorious at Donington Park
Racelogic and Team Tiger scored victories in the two Volkswagen Fun Cup Great Britain races at Donington Park (GB). The first race on the 4.023-kilometre circuit was a one-hour sprint race with two obligatory pit stops. At the end of a diverse race marked by heavy rain, the Racelogic Golf was the first vehicle to see the chequered flag, followed by JPR Uvio and the DespatchBay.com team. Quite a stir was caused by a change of leader on the last lap of the second, four-hour race: the front-runners Team O’BR pulled into the pit lane, leaving Team Tiger to snatch victory from under their noses. The next two races in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Great Britain will be held in Anglesey (GB) on 27 September.