Positive halftime tally for Volkswagen Formula 3 project Wolfsburg (15 July 2009). Three Formula 3 racing series, three chances of clinching title wins: As an engine supplier, Volkswagen started with a successful first half of the season in the...
Positive halftime tally for Volkswagen Formula 3 project
Wolfsburg (15 July 2009). Three Formula 3 racing series, three chances of clinching title wins: As an engine supplier, Volkswagen started with a successful first half of the season in the international junior series. In the British Formula 3 Championship and in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup drivers "powered by Volkswagen" are clearly leading the interim standings. In the Formula 3 Euro Series the best-placed rookie relying on the 210-hp 2-litre engine from Wolfsburg is waiting in position three -- within immediate, striking distance of the top. Consequently, Volkswagen looks at a positive interim tally after the first races of the second full season following its return as a manufacturer to the top-calibre junior racing series: In the British Formula 3 Championship Volkswagen driver Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) from the partner team Carlin Motorsport is heading the standings with a 23-point advantage after ten of 20 rounds of the season. The situation in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup looks even better as an entire Volkswagen trio -- Laurens Vanthoor (B), Stef Dusseldorp (NL) and Rafael Suzuki (BR) -- has taken the overall lead. In the Formula 3 Euro Series Jean Karl Vernay (F) is ranking third, just ten points behind the front runner.
"We're more than happy with what we've achieved," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "With twelve podium positions at ten races our maiden season in the British Formula 3 has been absolutely positive, and in the Formula 3 Cup, as well, nine pole positions, 17 podium places and eight wins at ten rounds show the capabilities of Volkswagen Power. In the ultra-competitive Formula 3 Euro Series three podium finishes at six races have put us in a position of fighting for the title with outstanding chances, just like we are in the other two series."
British Formula 3 Championship: Volkswagen driver Ricciardo strong straight away
By clinching two victories in the Dallara F309 Volkswagen entered by Carlin Motorsport, the Australian Daniel Ricciardo impressively marked his territory in the British Formula 3 Championship straight at the season opener at Oulton Park. With three further podium finishes within the first ten races of the season the 20-year-old extended his overall lead to the current score of 23 points. A total of twelve podium positions - three wins, four second and five third places - prove that last year's two most successful teams, Carlin Motorsport and T-Sport, have achieved further improvement with Volkswagen Power.
ATS Formula 3 Cup: Laurens Vanthoor dominates with Volkswagen Power
Volkswagen's tally in the ATS Formula 3 Cup, which - since 2003 - has continued the German Formula 3 tradition that started in 1975, is even more impressive. The Belgian Laurens Vanthoor and the Dutchman Stef Dusseldorp, both of who compete for the Volkswagen partner team Van Amersfoort Racing, have clinched eight of the ten possible victories since the start of the season. The joint tally of the Van Amersfoort duo and the Brazilian Rafael Suzuki, who runs for Performance Racing, reflects a total of 15 podium results. Volkswagen starts to the second half of the season with the top three positions in the standings - Laurens Vanthoor is the leader, followed by Stef Dusseldorp and Rafael Suzuki.
Formula 3 Euro Series: Jean Karl Vernay within striking distance of the top
One win, two further podiums: Jean Karl Vernay from the Volkswagen partner team Signature in third place remains within immediate, striking distance of the overall leader after the first third of the Formula 3 Euro Series season. In the ultra-competitive top-class Formula 3 series from which drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Nico Rosberg and others managed the ascent to Formula 1 the top three drivers in the interim standings are separated by just ten points. Since 2008 - the first full season as an engine supplier since its return in 2007 - Volkswagen's success story in the Euro Series boasts 45 point-finishes, including 13 podium places, at 26 runs.