Volkswagen newsletter 2008-07-14

Formula 3 Euro Series "Halftime title" for Edoardo Mortara - positive interim tally for Volkswagen After the fifth of ten Formula 3 Euro Series race weekends Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara has been confirmed as "halftime champion". The...

Formula 3 Euro Series
"Halftime title" for Edoardo Mortara - positive interim tally for Volkswagen

After the fifth of ten Formula 3 Euro Series race weekends Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara has been confirmed as "halftime champion". The Italian leads the ultra-competitive junior series with a nine-point advantage despite the fact that he didn't score any points on the dune circuit at Zandvoort. Volkswagen driver Franck Mailleux (France) delivered a convincing performance in Sunday's race in the Netherlands which he finished in third place. Point finishes were achieved as well by the Red Bull Juniors "powered by Volkswagen": The Frenchman Jean Karl Vernay occupied places five and four, Robert Wickens from Canada came seventh on Saturday. With one victory and eight further podium positions, the new Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group proved its competitiveness as early as in the first half of the Formula 3 Euro Series season.

Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
Rene Rast retains lead of the standings

Finishing in third place at Zandvoort, Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast defended his lead in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. Shortly before the start a rain shower made for difficult conditions and a turbulent race. The 21-year-old driver from Steyerberg, Germany, who was ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup Champion in 2005 and has been promoted by Volkswagen since then, did not lose his composure and fought his way forward from fourth place on the grid to a podium position.

SEAT Leon Supercopa
Podium place for Jimmy Johansson

Volkswagen Junior Jimmy Johansson secured second place in Sunday's race of the SEAT Leon Supercopa at Zandvoort. After his first win of the season at the Norisring the 2006 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup Champion again showed a strong performance, missing victory by merely 0.637 seconds. After finishing the round on Sunday in sixth place Johansson is now ranking third overall and kept his chances for the title win with six more races to go.

Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nurburgring winner, Scirocco GT24, showcased in Goodwood

A perfect stage for winners: Volkswagen presented itself at the traditional Festival of Speed in Goodwood, Southern England, this weekend. The Scirocco GT24 that had been successful at the 24-Hour Race on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in May was received with equal enthusiasm in the park of Goodwood House as the UP! small concept car and the W12 Coupe world record vehicle.

Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain
Victories for Taylor and Perry

Former champion Paul Taylor managed a start-finish victory at the Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain's round at Brands Hatch. The Brit in his Golf R32 won ahead of New Beetle driver Steve Chaplin and Jamie Perry in the Golf GTI. In the second heat, the latter clinched a commanding win in front of Joe Fulbrook and Chaplin. Fulbrook, who had finished the first run in his Bora in fourth place, defended his lead in the overall standings.

Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship
Podium position for Kristoffersson - Graff retains overall lead

As the runner-up of the first race at Falkenberg, Johan Kristoffersson was the best Volkswagen driver at the fourth race weekend of the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship (JTCC). After a thrilling race, the 19-year-old in his Golf FSI had to admit defeat by merely 0,178 seconds. Thanks to his sixth place in the second heat, brand colleague Alexander Graff defended his lead of the standings, while Kristoffersson did not finish the race.

Coming up next...

19-20 July
5th and 6th round of the ADAC Formula Masters at Assen (NL)

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Series F3 Europe , Porsche , Vintage
Drivers Jimmy Johansson , Robert Wickens , Franck Mailleux , René Rast , Edoardo Mortara , Jean-Karl Vernay , Johan Kristoffersson