Volkswagen Motorsport newsletter 2009-08-16

British Formula 3 Championship Daniel Ricciardo still on course for title after victory By clinching victory and a third place at Silverstone, Daniel Ricciardo again showed a brilliant performance in the British Formula 3 Championship with ...

British Formula 3 Championship
Daniel Ricciardo still on course for title after victory

By clinching victory and a third place at Silverstone, Daniel Ricciardo again showed a brilliant performance in the British Formula 3 Championship with Volkswagen Power. The Australian who perfectly converted his pole position into victory at the 15th race of the season extended his lead in the standings to 45 points after 16 of the season´s total of 20 races. Max Chilton, Ricciardo´s team-mate from the Carlin Motorsport squad, scored a total of 15 important championship points, by finishing fourth and seventh, and maintains fourth place in the standings.

Formula 3 Euro Series
Mika Mäki clinches podium place at the Nürburgring

The Finn Mika Mäki took third place at the twelfth race of the Formula 3 Euro Series season at the Nürburgring and thus repeated the result he achieved at Oschersleben two weeks ago. In the first race the Volkswagen driver from the Signature team scored important championship points with a fifth-place finish. In the standings, Mäki now has a score of 22 points, which made him advance to eighth place overall. His team colleague Jean Karl Vernay came sixth in Saturday´s race, on Sunday he merely finished 15th after a drive-through penalty and a collision. After twelve of 20 races he ranks fourth in the standings.

ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Maximilian Sandritter celebrates hat-trick

Maximilian Sandritter celebrated his third consecutive win at the seventh round of the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup at the Nürburgring. The 20-year-old thus improved to second place overall behind the serial winner of the first four races, Maciek Steinhof. The Pole Steinhof, who after an overtaking manoeuvre under a red flag in Saturday´s qualifying had been relegated to the 27th and last position on the grid by the race stewards, started a strong recovery and after 14 laps still clinched the points for seventh place. Maximilian Schneider was the best rookie at the Nürburgring, he crossed the finish line in eighth place.

Volkswagen Scirocco Cup China
Exploits by Stefano Montesi and Kevin Tse

The third and fourth races of the new Volkswagen Scirocco Cup China in Beijing ended in victories by Stefano Montesi (Italy) and Kevin Tse (Hong Kong). In the first race George Chou (China) and Ringo Chong (Singapore) completed the podium. In the second race of the popular Volkswagen one-make cup Sun Zheng (China) finished as the runner-up in front of Man Hong Lo (Hong Kong).

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup USA
Clear exploit for Timmy Megenbier

Timmy Megenbier celebrated his third victory at the sixth round of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Road America. The American took his second pole position and except for one lap was the race leader throughout. Second place went to AJ Nealey ahead of Joey Atterbury, who managed to make up seven positions in the race. Despite the fact that Megenbier´s score was reduced by 30 points after the race for obstructing Andy Lee on the final lap he continues leading the championship with 218 points ahead of Lee (198 points) and Atterbury (193).

Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa
Victories by Bryan Morgan and Matthew Hodges

With a victory and a third-place finish Bryan Morgan was the most successful driver at the sixth race weekend of the Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa at Zwartkops. Matthew Hodges, who was able to decide the second race in his favour and set a new lap record at 1m 14.145s finished the weekend´s classification as the runner-up ahead of Gennaro Bonafede.

Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Jayde Krüger extends championship lead by clinching two victories

Rounds eleven and twelve of the Formula Volkswagen South Africa ended in a commanding double victory by Jayde Kruger. The South African who clinched a start-finish victory in both races extended his lead in the championship to 24 points. The start to the first race was marked by a spectacular collision between Wesleigh Orr and Simon Moss. Orr´s car rose up and was heavily damaged. Thanks to the stability of the safety equipment driver Wesleigh Orr sustained only minor injuries. Simon Moss was even able to finish the race.

Volkswagen GTI Cup Japan
Hamasuki wins heat battle at Fuji

In blazing summer temperatures of over 31 degrees Celsius and dry conditions Hiroshi Hamasuki celebrated his second win at the second round of the Volkswagen GTI Cup in Japan. On the former Formula 1 circuit at Fuji rookie Sho Hanawa with a clear gap of 10.306 seconds clinched second place ahead of Takahiro Teshigawara and Yoshimichi Tani.

Swedish Touring Car Championship
Best result for Patrik Olsson

At the sixth race weekend of the Swedish Touring Car Championship Patrik Olsson in his Biogas Scirocco achieved his so far best result of the season: In the first race the Swede finished in eighth place. In the second round he started from the pole position and after an accident by his two closest rivals was initially leading the race with a major advantage. After six laps he lost the lead and in the end finished sixth. Fredrik Ekblom was forced to retire from the first race after a technical defect and was unable to contest the second round as well.

Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship
Niclas Olsson loses championship lead

In the first run of the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship after the summer break the Swede Niclas Olsson in the Volkswagen Golf clinched places five and seven. As a result, he lost the lead of the standings and now ranks as the runner-up of the championship with a three-point gap to the new leader Joakim Forsell. Volkswagen driver Christoffer Graff had a difficult weekend: After taking fifth place in qualifying he was moved back by ten places, came 13th in the first race and did not finish the second one.

Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands
Second win of the season by Dukes Racing

Dukes Racing decided the fourth race in the Volkswagen Endurance Cup the Netherlands in their favour. Henny van Doorn and Jan Evers prevailed against the team of Volkswagen Maas in the six-hour race at Zandvoort. For the squad, this was the second win of the season following their triumph at the four-hour race at Zolder at the end of May. The Peter Kommer Autosport team (196 points), which finished third at Zandvoort, is leading the standings. All teams of the Dutch Endurance Cup compete in Volkswagen Golf V TDI cars.

Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain
Liam Griffin and Joe Fulbrook in front

Liam Griffin triumphed in the Volkswagen Scirocco GT at the eleventh round of the Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain season at Silverstone. Second place went to Joe Fulbrook in the Volkswagen Bora, who a few hours later decided the twelfth round of the Volkswagen one-make cup in his favour in front of Richard Walker (Volkswagen Golf). In both races Steve Chaplin in his Volkswagen Beetle clinched the last podium position.

-credit: vw

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Series BF3 , F3 Europe
Drivers Mika Maki , Daniel Ricciardo , Max Chilton , Wesleigh Orr , Simon Moss , Jean-Karl Vernay , Andy Lee , Joey Atterbury , Liam Griffin , Ringo Chong , Sun Zheng , Kevin Tse
Teams Carlin , Volkswagen Motorsport