Good start: New Race-Scirocco sets the pace
Wolfsburg. Positions one, two and four for the new Volkswagen Scirocco GT24: In qualifying for the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring the race version of the Sport-Coupe set the pace in the class for cars with two-litre turbo engines (SP3T). The Scirocco with start number 117 of Carlos Sainz (E), Giniel de Villiers (RSA), Dieter Depping (D) and Hans-Joachim Stuck (A) set the fastest time of 9:26.549 minutes and claimed the 27th grid position overall in the field of 220 cars. Jimmy Johansson (S), Florian Gruber (D), Thomas Mutsch (D) and again Hans-Joachim Stuck (D) in the 325 hp Scirocco with the start number 118 recorded second place in the class and 30th overall. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (D), Bernd Ostmann (D), Matthias Malmedie (D) and Francois Verbist (B) rounded off the Wolfsburg team's impressive result with fourth position in class.
The new R-Line Golf powered by Natural Gas also made a good debut: Thomas Klenke (D), Mario Merten (D), Kai Jordan (D) and Peter Terting (D) clinched second position in the S1 class for cars with alternative power and 58th position overall.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
"The new Scirocco was quick straight of the box and set the pace in its class. We can be absolutely satisfied with the qualifying result, but even the grid positions are meaningless for the race. We were able to implement our qualifying strategy perfectly. Technology, team and drivers did a first class job. Our goal in the race is a class victory."
#116 - Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 - silver identification
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (D): "The Scirocco race version has been just as enthusiastically received here at the Nurburgring as it was at its premiere at the Worthersee: The spectators love the design. From the driving point of view the incredibly precise handling and quick lap times are very impressive."
Bernd Ostmann (D): "The new Race-Scirocco handles very well, particularly in fast corners. I'm having a lot of fun working together with the Volkswagen team."
Matthias Malmedie (D): "For me it was mainly a question of collecting as much experience as possible with the new Scirocco. It gives a driver so much confidence on the difficult Nordschleife that you can really enjoy the unique atmosphere around the circuit."
Francois Verbist (B): "Qualifying went very well for us. In the race it'll be a question of not risking too much but keeping up the speed. The Scirocco makes things easier for the driver thanks to its forgiving handling."
#117 - Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 - orange identification
Carlos Sainz (E): "I feel very comfortable in the new Scirocco, particularly in the dark. It reminds me of the night time rally stages lined by hundreds and hundreds of spectators, camp fires and lights on the edge of the track. The atmosphere here at the Nurburgring is fantastic."
Giniel de Villiers (RSA): "Jumping from the Race-Touareg to the Scirocco didn't present any problems, even though they are two different worlds. The Scirocco is amazingly quick, but very comfortable to drive at the same time. The Nordschleife is the ideal terrain for this car."
Dieter Depping (D): "The entire team has done a fantastic job: In no more than two-and-a-half months they have developed and assembled a first class Race-Scirocco. Qualifying was very good for us, but the race will be very, very long."
Hans-Joachim Stuck (A): "The new Scirocco is incredible fun to drive around the Nordschleife. Obviously I'm looking delighted that I managed the fastest lap this evening, but all three cars are happily very close together."
#118 - Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 - yellow identification
Jimmy Johansson (S): "I have an extremely positive feeling: In the Scirocco we have a very strong car and a very strong team to back it up. It goes without saying that plenty can happen over the course of 24 hours, but I am very confident that we'll have a fantastic race."
Florian Gruber (D): "I got behind the wheel of the Scirocco for the first time today and must say that it is the best front-wheel drive race car that I have ever driven. In the race everyone must be a little more cautious - it's better to lose ten seconds on the track than ten minutes in the pits for repairs."
Thomas Mutsch (D): "Qualifying ran just as perfectly as our Scirocco. Its forgiving set-up and the DSG gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel make every lap a pleasure."