Volkswagen Motorsport Newsletter 12/2009

ATS Formula 3 Cup
Volkswagen driver Laurens Vanthoor on course for title after twin wins

The Belgian Laurens Vanthoor (Dallara F307 Volkswagen) was clearly the man of the weekend at Oschersleben in the ATS Formula 3 Cup: The Van Amersfoort driver claimed his first double victory of the season after winning on Saturday and Sunday. The 18-year old collected a total of 23 points in two days - only his team mate Stef Dusseldorp (Netherlands) was able to deprive him of one point after taking pole position for the first race. The Brazilian Rafael Suzuki completed the successful weekend for Volkswagen with third place on Sunday. Vanthoor has a 26 point lead over Dusseldorp in the overall standings after eight races.

Porsche Supercup
First victory for Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast

After recording three second place finishes in succession Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast celebrated his first victory of the season in the Porsche Supercup at Silverstone. The defending German Carrera Cup champion started the race from pole position, dropped back during the race, before fighting back and retaking the lead with a breathtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap. The former Polo Cup champion now holds fourth position in the overall standings.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup USA
Timmy Megenbier wins at Mid-Ohio

Timmy Megenbier is the name of the winner of the fourth race of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in the USA. The young 17-year old driver contests his second season in the US American counterpart of the "touring car school" based on the successful ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup model in Germany. Megenbier started the 17 lap race at Mid-Ohio from third on the grid before pushing Joey Atterbury and Andy Lee down to second and third places respectively. Megenbier had already won the previous race at Salt Lake City.

Rallye dos Sertoes
Three Volkswagen Race Touareg to start in Brazil

Volkswagen tackles the Rallye dos Sertoes in Brazil with three factory prepared Race Touareg. The "Dakar" winning team competes in the cross country rally between the start in Goiânia and the finish in Natal with the newly formed pairings of Duos Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz Senra (E/E) and Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) as well as the Brazilian squad of Mauricio Neves/Eduardo Bampi (BR/BR). The rally begins with the ceremonial start and a spectator stage on 23 June, before the ten competitive stages follow between the 24 June and 3 July. A total of 5,045 kilometres are on the agenda.

Coming up next...

23 June -- 03 July
Rallye dos Sertoes (BR)

26--27 June
Races 7 and 8 STCC at Knutstorp (S)

26--27 June
Races 7 and 8 JTCC at Knutstorp (S)

26--27 June
Races 9 and 10 Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa at Kyalami (ZA)

26--27 June
Races 9 and 10 Formula Volkswagen South Africa at Kyalami (ZA)

26--28 June
Races 5 and 6 Formula 3 Euro Series at the Norisring (D)

26--28 June
Race 4 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup at the Norisring (D)

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