Dijon: Volkswagen race report

Three Volkswagen drivers in top ten at Dijon-Prenois Wolfsburg (11 October 2009). The second race of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Dijon-Prenois ended in three top-ten results for the Volkswagen teams. Robert Wickens from the partner team Kolles...

Three Volkswagen drivers in top ten at Dijon-Prenois

Wolfsburg (11 October 2009). The second race of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Dijon-Prenois ended in three top-ten results for the Volkswagen teams. Robert Wickens from the partner team Kolles & Heinz Union pushed forwards from 14th to seventh position in Sunday's race of the junior series and thus barely missed scoring points. The Brazilian Tiago Geronimi (Team Signature) followed in eighth, Johan Jokinen (Kolles & Heinz Union) in ninth place. "Powered by Volkswagen", the Dane advanced from position 17 on the grid. As the winner of Sunday's race, Jules Bianchi (Dallara-Mercedes) secured the champion's title early.

For the Volkswagen drivers Mika Maki, Jean Karl Vernay and Jake Rosenzweig Sunday's race at Dijon-Prenois came to an early end after a starting collision. Maki had started to the race from grid position six with good prospects.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"Volkswagen congratulates Jules Bianchi on winning the drivers' title. He was the dominant driver throughout the season and worked hard to clinch the championship title even before the season finale at Hockenheim. He deserves respect for this feat."

#3 - Mika Maki (FIN) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 4th place - race 1: 3rd place - race 2: retirement

"I had a good start and was in a position of making up a few places in the first turn. But then my car was hit and as a consequence I spun into the field. Three or four of my rivals weren't able to get out of the way any more and hit my car. When I got out of the car I felt some pain in my leg and at first wasn't able to walk. This injury, fortunately, proved to be harmless at the Medical Centre. It's a shame that the race was over for me so quickly. I had better prospects today."

#21 - Robert Wickens (CDN) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Kolles & Heinz Union
Qualifying: 19th place - race 1: 14th place - race 2: 7th place

"We continuously improved from a poor starting base in both races. In Sunday's race even more would have been possible but first I had to evade Mika Maki at the start, who spun right in front of me. In addition, the first turn was yellow-flagged throughout the entire race. As a result, it wasn't really possible to attack there and further position improvements were difficult. I'm happy nevertheless."

-credit: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Robert Wickens , Mika Maki , Kris Nissen , Tiago Geronimi , Jake Rosenzweig , Jean-Karl Vernay , Jules Bianchi , Johan Jokinen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport