Cross-Country Rally Sport
Volkswagen completes "Dakar" preparation with podium result
Volkswagen completed its preparations for the Dakar Rally in January 2009 with a podium result at the last test under competitive conditions. At the second round of the Dakar Series in Portugal Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F) in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, due to a roll-over on the final special stage, had to admit defeat to winner Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) with a merely 16-second gap after a five-day duel. Prior to that, the Volkswagen duo had been leading the "Dakar" dress reheasal for three days. Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D) completed Volkswagen´s result with fourth place overall. Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk (D/D) in the third Race Touareg were forced to retire from the rally on the third leg after an excursion.
Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship
Volkswagen driver Kristoffersson triumphs - Graff defends lead
Successful weekend for Volkswagen in the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship (JTCC): The first of two rounds at Valer, Norway, was won by the merely 19-year-old Swede Johan Kristoffersen. In the second race the driver of a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 FSI clinched fifth place. His compatriot Alexander Graff, who is two years older and drives a Golf as well, defended his lead of the standings by finishing both races as the runner-up.
Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands
Cup leaders win 24-hour race at Oschersleben
The team leading the Dutch Volkswagen Endurance Cup, "Manpower 1", strengthened its position by clinching victory at the 24-hour race at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Drivers Ronald Morien, Ferry Duivenvoorde, Rob Karst and Quint Engel merely relinquished their lead at the sixth round of the season between the third and eighth hours of the race. With 703 completed laps, the victorious quartet also set a new record for 24-hour races in the Endurance Cup. Nol Betram, Nicky Bertram and Bas Schothorst as well as Jeroen den Boer, Rob Bergmans and Rob Kamphues occupied places two and three. All of the 35 teams contesting the event drove Volkswagen Golf TDI cars.
Coming up next...
19- 20 September
5th round of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in Iowa (USA)
19- 21 September
15th and 16th round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Barcelona (E)
19 -21 September
9th round of the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup at the Sachsenring (D)
15th and 16th round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup at the Sachsenring (D)
11th and 12th round of the ADAC Formula Masters at the Sachsenring (D)
5th round of the Czech Circuit Championship at Brno (CZ)