- Scott Speed Takes Second Consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Victory of 2014 at X Games Austin
- Volkswagen Plans Long-Term Involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- Volkswagen Rallycross DC Track Layout Unveiled
Classifying Volkswagen’s participation in Motorsport as “widespread” is an understatement. With Volkswagens participating in so many different series, it’s hard to keep track of all of the action. Luckily, Volkswagen Motorsport has put together a roundup of all the key action from the past few weeks including news from ATS Formula 3 Cup, British Touring Car Championship, ADAC GT Masters, Red Bull Global Rallycross, and FIA World Rally Championship. Let’s get started.
FIA World Rally Championship
Ogier and Volkswagen lead championship halfway through the season: The champion wins again in Italy
Victory number 16 for Volkswagen, the sixth of the season and the tenth in a row – Volkswagen set new records in the FIA World Rally Championship at the Rally Italy. Defending champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) were victorious in their Polo R WRC after a gripping duel with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN), who finished in third place. The third Volkswagen duo, Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N), were also impressive on Sardinia: They finished the sixth race of the WRC season in fourth place and won the closing power stage for the first time, ahead of team-mates Latvala/Anttila and Ogier/Ingrassia. It was also the first time that Volkswagen took all of the bonus points for the power stage back to Wolfsburg. Volkswagen now leads all three WRC standings at the halfway point. Ogier and Ingrassia lead the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings with a 33 point advantage over Latvala/Anttila, Andreas Mikkelsen is fourth. In the manufacturers’ standings Volkswagen leads by 118 points.
Red Bull Global Rallycross
Speed wins at the X Games in Austin – Marklund Motorsport reaches quarter finals
Global Rallycross driver Scott Speed (USA) from Andretti Autosport won the gold medal at the X Games 2014 in Austin, Texas (USA). The former Formula 1 driver won in the 600 hp Volkswagen Polo R Supercar in the deciding final, ahead of Bucky Lasek (USA) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (BR). “Our plan A went perfectly,” said Speed after securing his second X Games victory on the “Circuit of the Americas”. Team-mate Tanner Foust (USA) reached the quarter finals and won two races along the way. Speed leads the drivers’ standings with 54 points, Foust is in eleventh place with four points. The Marklund Motorsport drivers from the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Tomas “Topi” Heikkinen (FIN) and Anton Marklund (S), also started in Texas. Both of them reached the quarter finals in the Polo RX Supercar. The next Global Rallycross event will be held on 22 June in Washington.
British Touring Car Championship
Smith secures first victory of the season for Volkswagen in the BTCC
Árón Smith (IRL) drove sensationally to win the fourth race of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season in Oulton Park. The 24-year-old won the third race in the late afternoon on Sunday in the newly developed Volkswagen CC belonging to the privateer team Chrome Edition Restart Racing and forced experienced drivers Gordon Shedden (GB/Honda) and Jason Plato (GB/MG) into second and third place. Smith finished the first race in twelfth position, just outside the top ten. Eighth place in race two meant that Smith started the third race in pole position. Alain Menu (CH), who was also behind the wheel of a Volkswagen CC in the BTCC finished in positions 14, ten and seven this weekend. The next three races of the BTCC season will take place on 28 and 29 June in Croft.
ATS Formula 3 Cup
Pommer wins twice in Austria – Dontje celebrates his first victory
Markus Pommer (D) has helped his title aspirations in the ATS Formula 3 Cup 2014 impressively. On the 4326 kilometres of the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, the German who started for Team Lotus won races one and three. Pommer was only beaten in race two, by his team-mate Indy Dontje (NL). This was the Dutchman’s first victory in the “national league” of Formula 3 – and that was with starting from sixth on the grid. Pommer leads the drivers’ standings with 173 points, followed by Dontje (119) and Jeffri (105), who also picked up valuable championship points in Styria.
ADAC GT Masters
Volkswagen junior driver van der Linde crowned “mid-season champion” in Spielberg
Volkswagen junior driver Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) and his team-mate René Rast (D) were particularly convincing in the second ADAC GT Masters race on Sunday. The duo with Van der Linde, who is just 17 years of age and champion of the 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, secured second place in their Audi R8. After eight of 16 races, Van der Linde/Rast can claim to be the unofficial “mid-season champions” of the ADAC GT Masters after their second place saw the Audi drivers take the lead in the table at the end of the first half of the season. The high-flyers of the weekend were Oliver Gavin (GB) and Daniel Keilwitz (D) in their Corvette for the Callaway Competition team. They won both races. In the first race the duo even celebrated a flawless start-finish victory ahead of Albert von Thurn and Taxis (D) and Tomas Enge (CZ) in the Chevrolet.
ADAC Formula Masters
Jensen wins twice and is mid-season champion
The fourth race weekend of the ADAC Formula Masters in Spielberg (A) was all about Mikkel Jensen. The young Dane underlined his championship aspirations with two start-finish victories in three races and heads into the two-month summer break as the new leader of the overall standings. In the first race on the Formula 1 track in Styria, the 20-year-old crossed the finish line ahead of Ralph Boschung (CH) and Joel Eriksson (S). The finishing order of the second race was as follows: Jensen, Maximilian Günther (D), Boschung. In the third race on Sunday afternoon Jensen finished second ahead of Boschung, victory went to Eriksson. The next three races of the ADAC Formula Masters will be held from 8 to 10 August on the Slovakiaring (SK).