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ATS: Volkswagen Motorsport Sachsenring weekend summary

First victory for Vanthoor and Volkswagen at ATS Formula 3 Cup Wolfsburg (21 September 2008). Maiden victory for Laurens Vanthoor and Volkswagen: the Belgian rookie in his Volkswagen Dallara F307 won the 16th race of the ATS Formula 3 Cup season...

First victory for Vanthoor and Volkswagen at ATS Formula 3 Cup

Wolfsburg (21 September 2008). Maiden victory for Laurens Vanthoor and Volkswagen: the Belgian rookie in his Volkswagen Dallara F307 won the 16th race of the ATS Formula 3 Cup season at the Sachsenring. For the 17-year-old from the Van Amersfoort Racing team, this was the very first victory in an automobile race and also the first win for the new Volkswagen engine in the German Formula 3 Championship.

Even the day before a maiden victory seemed to be within Vanthoor's reach: the motorsport talent from Zolder started from the pole position and led Saturday's race until his pace was reduced by a slow puncture and he had to settle for second place - his sixth this season. On Sunday, everything went perfectly for him: after the race had been started on a rain-drenched track behind the safety car, Vanthoor overtook his compatriot Frederic Vervisch (Mercedes Dallara F307), who had been leading up to that point, and won the 25-minute race ahead of Johnny Cecotto jr. from Venezuela and the Columbian Sebastian Saavedra (both Mercedes Dallara F307).

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"Congratulations to Laurens Vanthoor on his first victory in the ATS Formula 3 Cup. The German series this year is more competitive than ever, that's why a win can only be achieved with full commitment by the whole team - and the Van Amersfoort Racing team has always shown that. With the first exploit of the Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group, we're continuing our immensely successful history in Germany."

Frits van Amersfoort, Team Director, Van Amersfoort Racing:
"We're happy and proud about clinching our first victory with Laurens Vanthoor and Volkswagen in the ATS Formula 3 Cup. We worked hard for this all year and missed winning due to unfortunate circumstances several times. But it did pay off to believe in a young talent like Laurens and to have faith in his ability to switch directly from karting to Formula 3. He's a very quick learner and incredibly focused."

#2 - Laurens Vanthoor (B) - Volkswagen Dallara F307 - Van Amersfoort Racing
Qualifying 1: place 1 - qualifying 2: place 2 - race 1: place 2 - race 2: place 1

"This is the best day of my life. At the beginning of the season it was clear that I'd have to learn a lot very quickly. Three times I came very close to winning, but somehow things didn't fit. Today, everything went perfectly and I'm overjoyed. This success was only possible because my engineer and my team always fully supported me."

-credit: volkswagen-motorsport.com

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Series F3
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Sebastian Saavedra , Frederic Vervisch , Kris Nissen , Laurens Vanthoor
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport