Nurburgring 24H: Volkswagen race report

Wolfsburg (25 May 2008). The new Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 celebrated its race premiere with a one-two in its class at a well attended 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. In front of a crowd of about 200,000 spectators the brace of 325 hp Sport-Coupes...

Wolfsburg (25 May 2008). The new Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 celebrated its race premiere with a one-two in its class at a well attended 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. In front of a crowd of about 200,000 spectators the brace of 325 hp Sport-Coupes driven by Jimmy Johansson (S), Florian Gruber (D), Thomas Mutsch (D) and Hans-Joachim Stuck (A) and Carlos Sainz (E), Giniel de Villiers (RSA), Dieter Depping (D) and again Hans-Joachim Stuck (A) claimed first and second positions in the well-represented class for cars with two-litre turbo engines. In a field of 219 cars and in front of innumerable more powerful sports and touring cars the teams occupied positions 11 and 15 overall. The third factory entered Coupe of Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (D), Bernd Ostmann (D), Matthias Malmedie (D) and Altfrid Heger (D) completed the first sporting success of the new Scirocco, which is available from dealers in August, with fifth position in class and 32nd overall.

"A great result for the new Scirocco: The one-two in class and eleventh overall in the 24-hour race underlines the sporting dynamic and reliability of the new Volkswagen Coupes," explained Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand with responsibility for Development. "I want to thank everyone who supported this ambitious and courageous project to race the Scirocco before its market launch in one of the hardest events in motorsport." Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen was also extremely satisfied: "The Race-Scirocco was developed, built and tested in only 75 days. To get three cars to complete the entire distance on one of the world's most demanding tracks first time out, and without serious problems, speaks volumes for the excellent performance of the entire team."

The eleven Volkswagen drivers praised the front-wheel drive Race-Scirocco with 2.0 litre TFSI engine and DSG Direct Shift Gearbox: "Sensational just how fast and indestructible a brand new car like the Scirocco can be. I would have preferred to have done another few hours," says Hans-Joachim Stuck, Motorsport Representative of the Volkswagen Group, excitedly. Two-time Rally World Champion Carlos Sainz drove first ever 24-hour race: "The race at the Nurburgring is a genuine challenge. The Scirocco made it very easy for us drivers to run quickly and safely in both wet and dry conditions," explained Sainz.

The three brand new Sciroccos, which completed in their very first race, impressed with enormous reliability and fast lap times - they set the pace in qualifying with positions one, two and four. During the race, in addition to the normal pit stops, only three unscheduled stops were made (servo pump change on #116, a tyre failure on #117 and a loose underbody on #118).

-credit: vw

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Series Endurance
Drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck , Carlos Sainz , Dieter Depping , Giniel de Villiers , Jimmy Johansson , Altfrid Heger , Kris Nissen , Florian Gruber , Ulrich Hackenberg , Thomas Mutsch , Bernd Ostmann