Volkswagen newsletter 2009-09-06

Dakar Rally Programme Al-Attiyah clinches 100th stage victory for Volkswagen Race Touareg Volkswagen factory driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) clinched their first stage victory on the second leg of the Silk Way...

Dakar Rally Programme
Al-Attiyah clinches 100th stage victory for Volkswagen Race Touareg

Volkswagen factory driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) clinched their first stage victory on the second leg of the Silk Way Rally and thus assumed the overall lead of the rally. Their exploit marked the 100th stage victory of the Race Touareg powered by a TDI engine. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E), Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) and Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) in positions two, three and four completed Volkswagen's 1-2-3-4 stage win.

Formula 3 Euro Series
Volkswagen drivers score two victories

Volkswagen drivers Mika Maki and Brendon Hartley won both rounds of the seventh Formula 3 Euro Series race weekend at Brands Hatch. On Saturday Signature driver Mika Maki won after starting from position two and winning the starting duel, on Sunday the Finn again scored points with a sixth-place finish. For both Brendon Hartley and his team, Carlin Motorsport, the victory at the second race marked their first win in the ultra-competitive junior series. The New Zealander had finished the first round in eighth place, thus scoring one point and securing the pole position for Sunday. Jean Karl Vernay (F) was less fortunate; after a bungled qualifying he did not score points on the tradition-steeped British circuit but continues ranking fourth in the standings.

Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Sipuka unbeatable at Phakisa

Tschops Sipuka celebrated a perfect race weekend at the seventh round of the Formula Volkswagen South Africa at Phakisa. The local hero won both races after starting from the pole position, in front of his compatriot Jayde Kruger, who continues to maintain a commanding lead of the drivers' standings. Third places, respectively, were secured by James Temple and Gordon Connelly.

Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa
Victories for Robertson and Bonafede

Devin Robertson and Gennaro Bonafede were the winners of the Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa race weekend rounds at Phakisa. The first 9-lap race was won by Robertson ahead of Bryan Morgen and Bonafede, who was the front runner of the second race. Darren Nathan and Bryan Morgan, who thus claimed his second podium finish of the weekend, took the other podium positions in the second race.

Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands
Accord Uitzendbureau wins at Assen

Team Accord Uitzendbureau won the fifth round of the Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands. After five hours, Robbert Vlaanderen und Michael Koel merely had an eight-second lead over the second-placed Team YellowWood Racing 1. DPA/DB Motorsport with a gap of about one and a half minutes finished third. The previous overall leading team, Peter Kommer Autosport, had to retire from the race with a turbocharger defect after 85 laps. After five of seven race weekends, Accord Uitzendbureau with 244 points is now leading ahead of YellowWood Racing 1 (222 points) and Peter Kommer Autosport (220 points). All teams in the Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands race Volkswagen Golf 5 2.0 TDI Cup Edition cars.

Coming up next...

05 --13 September
Silk Way Rally (RUS/KZ/TM)

11 --12 September
15th and 16th round, STCC at Knutstorp (S)

11 --12 September
13th and 14th round, JTCC at Knutstorp (S)

11 --13 September
8th and 9th round, Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, New Jersey (USA)

11 --13 September
17th and 18th round, British Formula 3 Championship, Portimao (P)

-credit: vw

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