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Not only did the closing race of the DTM season inspire the 65,000 spectators at Hockenheim on Sunday: The “Bye, bye Lupo Cup”-Charity Race, the final race of the ADAC VW Lupo Cup, offered exiting and spectacular motorsport for the packed grandstands. After six successful years, the ‘Star of Tomorrow’ series waved farewell with this special race. However, the ADAC ‘Star of Tomorrow’ concept as supporting event for the DTM will continue: In 2004 a new Volkswagen model will be used for the racing young guns. “Since 1998, the ADAC VW Lupo Cup has been successfully established as a ‘talent spotting’ series within the environment of the of the most important German Touring Car series,” explained Kris Nissen, Motorsport Director of Volkswagen. “We want to continue our promotion concept, which, for example, led Peter Terting all the way to the DTM.”
As a special highlight to conclude the ADAC VW Lupo Cup, numerous ex-DTM drivers competed against each other in the “Bye, bye Lupo Cup”-Charity Race. The field was complemented by the addition of the best Lupo-juniors; Volkswagen works driver Jutta Kleinschmidt and RTL Television presenter Carsten Spengemann. All proceeds from the race are used for a good purpose: Almost 100,000 Euro go to the foundation “One hour for the Future” started by Volkswagen and “Terre des Hommes” to help homeless children projects at Volkswagen Group locations. The largest portion of the proceeds was raised during the auction for grid positions held on Saturday. Whoever donated the highest amount for the benefit of “An Hour for the Future”, secured the best starting position. DTM Marketing Director Walter Mertes, who raced in the DTM several years ago, acquired the coveted pole position with a bid of 26,500 Euro. The opponents of days gone by were involved in many exiting battles. Touring car legend Roland Asch won the much sought after winners cup from 14th position on the grid beating home three-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro and DTM legend Harald Grohs.
“The VW Lupo Charity Race was an all round success. We combined spectacular sport and an excellent show with a good cause. Everybody involved can be very proud of themselves,” summed up Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, who as Lupo-instructor and former DTM driver also started.