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Dakar Rally 2011 Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 celebrates spectacular world debut In a spectacular show the new Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 was unveiled to the public on Friday. The 310-hp cross-country rally prototype experienced its public debut...

Dakar Rally 2011
Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 celebrates spectacular world debut

In a spectacular show the new Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 was unveiled to the public on Friday. The 310-hp cross-country rally prototype experienced its public debut in the impressive setting of the amphitheatre in Trier alongside ancient chariots and gladiators. 1,000 spectators witnessed the presentation of the successor of model version 2, the car that decided the legendary Dakar Rally in its favour in 2009 and 2010. Volkswagen is set on bringing the "Dakar" trophy to Wolfsburg for the third time in a row in January 2011 with the Race Touareg 3 and is the only manufacturer so far to have decided the automobile classification of the desert classic in its favour with diesel power. From September 11 to 18 the new Race Touareg 3 will make its competitive debut at the Silk Way Rally through Russia.

ADAC Rally Germany
Scirocco R demonstrates eco-conscious motorsport as course-opening car

Successful debut of the Cup version of the Volkswagen Scirocco R on the one hand and of bio natural gas power on the other: Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) and Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) piloted a Scirocco R-Cup modified for rally requirements at the ADAC Rally Germany as the course-opening car. The 275-hp Cup car with production-based technology - such as a DSG gearbox operated by paddle shifters in the steering wheel - is powered by bio natural gas and thus emits 80 per cent less carbon dioxide.

Formula 3 Euro Series
Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara wins and extends championship lead

With his fifth victory this season - the fifth of six possible wins in a race on Saturday - Edoardo Mortara (Italy) extended his lead in the Formula 3 Euro Series. The driver from Volkswagen's partner team Signature, however, finished a race out of the points for the first time this season on Sunday when he came eleventh. Still, with 77 points and a 22-point lead, Mortara is clearly ranking in front of his team colleague Marco Wittmann, who celebrated another podium result for Volkswagen in third place on Saturday, in the standings six races before the end of the season. On Sunday Motopark-Academy driver Antonio Felix da Costa (Portugal) "powered by Volkswagen" secured victory in front of Laurens Vanthoor (Signature, Belgium), who clinched the fourth podium position of the weekend for Volkswagen.

Jetta TDI Cup
Rookie Gennari wins both rounds at Road America

Jarvis Gennari is the man of the weekend in the Jetta TDI Cup. The rookie won rounds seven and eight of the racing series with clean diesel technology at the circuit of Road America in front of Chris Wehrheim. The results were his first exploits in the American "touring car school". On Saturday Kevin Gleason completed the podium, on Sunday Jake Thompson.

South African Rally Championship
One-two win: two Volkswagen Polo cars in front at Osram Rally

Enzo Kuun/Guy Hodgson vs. Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries - at the Osram Rally, the sixth round of the South African Rally Championship, Kuun/Hodgson decided this team-internal duo in their favour with a lead of 23.7 seconds. Both pairings piloted a Volkswagen Polo S2000 with 262 hp fielded by the BP Volkswagen Racing team. Third place went to Conrad Rautenbach/Peter Marsh in a Ford Fiesta - in front of the third Polo of the BP Volkswagen Racing team with Jan Habig and Douglas Judd.

Coming up:

27-29 August ATS Formula 3 Cup, Nurburgring (D), rounds 15 and 16
27-29 August British Formula 3 Championship, Snetterton (GB), rounds 25 - 27
27-29 August 3rd and 4th Golf GTI Cup Japan
27-29 August Volkswagen Racing Cup, Snetterton (GB), rounds 11 and 12
27-29 August Volkswagen Polo Cup India, Coimbatore (IND), round 3

-source: vw

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Series DAKAR , EUROF3 , F3 , RALLY , ROADRACING