Dominant Pepper Wins Season-Opener in Scirocco R-Cup – Casiraghi Thrilled with Eventful Debut

Jordan Lee Pepper completely swept the first weekend of the Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim, taking first place in both of the weekend’s events after being fastest in practice and qualifying.  The 17 year old South African lead the field of 23 competitors, including former Playmate of the Year Doreen Seidel and Pierre Casiraghi, Prince of Monaco.  The next round of the Scirocco R-Cup will take place in Oschersleben, Germany in two weeks time, with Pepper looking to repeat his performance.

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The man to beat, Jordan Lee Pepper, clinched a one-two victory with a convincing performance at the opening weekend of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup season. The 17-year-old South African was triumphant in glorious sunshine at the Hockenheimring, finishing 1.2 seconds ahead of Manuel Fahnauer. Compared with the first race, the highest-placed German swapped places with Sweden’s Victor Bouveng, who finished third this time around. Moritz Oberheim (Germany) was the best-placed rookie in the one-make cup, finishing in fifth.

Royal guest starter Pierre Casiraghi delivered another spectacular performance. After position 22 in the first race, the son of Princess Caroline of Hanover improved to finish in twentieth. Casiraghi, who was supported in Hockenheim by racing legends Jacky Ickx and Stéphane Ortelli, delighted fans once again with his spectacular driving skills. Just as in the first race, there was another coming together as a result of a duel on the track – this time with Michael Müller (Germany).

The four women in the field of 24 were also convincing once again. Sweden’s Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky finished ninth. Frenchwoman Lucile Cypriano, who secured her place in the Scirocco R-Cup at the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission talent competition, finished tenth, also securing a place in the Top Ten. Jasmin Preisig (Switzerland) finished eighteenth. Doreen Seidel (Germany), who was playmate of the year in 2008, finished the race in a respectable 19th place.

The next race weekend in the only one-make cup in the world that is powered by natural gas vehicles takes place in just under two weeks time in Oschersleben, from 16th to 18th May. Pepper travels to Volkswagen’s home circuit as leader of the overall standings with the maximum available 50 points. Fahnauer and Bouveng are in joint second, with 40 points each.

Quotes after race one of the season in Hockenheim

Pierre Casiraghi
“I am so happy. That was a fantastic weekend. My first outing in the cockpit of a racing car was amazing fun, but also very tiring. I am obviously pleased to have made it through the two races without any major incidents – minor contact and scratches aside. On Saturday I thanked Jacky Ickx and Stéphane Ortelli, who helped me a lot during preparations and here at the circuit. However, I would also like to say a big thank you to the drivers, mechanics and the entire Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup team for making a rookie like me feel so welcome.”

Jordan Lee Pepper
“A double victory to start the season. The start of the Scirocco R-Cup season could not have gone any better for me. I feel very comfortable in the car. It goes without saying that the championship is my main goal this year. I said that even before this weekend. At least I now know that I am in good form – but there are still another eight races to come. At the moment I am just pleased to have the points in the bag, and am looking forward to the next race in Oschersleben in two weeks. Compliments again to Pierre Casiraghi: when you consider that he had never before sat in a racing car, that was an extremely impressive display on both days.”

Manuel Fahnauer
“Wow, what a great start to the season. I am really happy. If anyone had predicted that during the tests in Oschersleben, I would have sent them straight to the doctor. Nothing seemed to be working back then. To finish third and second here is a huge relief. I made another great start in race two and was then involved in a tough battle with Jordan until shortly before the end, but the win was not quite meant to be.”

Victor Bouveng
“It is my grandfather’s 70th birthday this week, and I will go and visit him in Spain. Now we have another reason to celebrate – namely my two podiums this weekend. I am extremely happy and already looking forward to Oschersleben.”