Volkswagen newsletter 2009-04-13

Volkswagen in Formula 3 Brilliant season start with four victories Four wins, two in England and two in Germany - Volkswagen make a perfect start to the Formula 3 season. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) in the Dallara F308-Volkswagen entered by Carlin ...

Volkswagen in Formula 3
Brilliant season start with four victories

Four wins, two in England and two in Germany - Volkswagen make a perfect start to the Formula 3 season. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) in the Dallara F308-Volkswagen entered by Carlin Motorsport won both races at Oulton Park in the British Formula 3 Championship, and in the opening round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup at Oschersleben the Volkswagen drivers Laurens Vanthoor (B) and Stef Dusseldorp (NL), team mates at Van Amersfoort Racing, shared the victory spoils in the presence of Hans Dieter Potsch, Member of the Board of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Finance and Controlling. "We are extremely pleased that the Formula 3 season started with such a fantastic series of wins for Volkswagen," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "The teams and drivers worked outstandingly well this weekend, but also the team that develops and supports the Volkswagen engines. With this win behind us we are confident for the remainder of the season and will do everything within our powers to continue to supply good material for our partners who rely on Volkswagen engines."

ATS Formula 3 Cup Germany
Vanthoor and Dusseldorp "powered by Volkswagen" win at Oschersleben

Two pole positions, two race victories and a pair of fastest laps: This is the excellent record for Volkswagen and Van Amersfoort Racing at the ATS Formula 3 Cup Germany season opener at Oschersleben. On Easter Sunday Laurens Vanthoor (B) claimed a motorsport "full house" with Volkswagen power in the back of his Dallara F307 chassis by winning from pole position and recording fastest lap in the process. Second place went to his team mate Stef Dusseldorp (NL), who, for his part, drove to victory on Easter Monday after setting the fastest race lap. Another one-two for the duo was prevented after von Vanthoor mad a jump start and was subsequently awarded a drive-through-penalty and only finished eleventh after fighting back through the field. After two of 19 races Dusseldorp leads the championship with 19 points ahead of Vanthoor with 13. Rafael Suzuki (BR) of Team Performance Racing also made an excellent "powered by Volkswagen" start to the season after finishing fourth in the opening race and third in the second race and is equal third in the championship.

British Formula 3 Championship
Victorious debut for Volkswagen in the British Formula 3 Championship

Two victories for Volkswagen driver Daniel Ricciardo in the British Formula 3 Championship: The Australian won both the championship races at Oulton Park with Volkswagen Power. The driver of Volkswagen partner team Carlin Motorsport won from Nick Tandy (GB, Mygale-Mercedes) and Walter Grubmuller (MC, Dallara-Mercedes) who finished second and third respectively in the first of the two races on Easter Monday. Ricciardo also beat the same two drivers, but in reverse order, in the second race of the day. The Volkswagen partner team T-Sport powered by Volkswagen also had a successful start to the season: Adriano Buzaid (BR) finished sixth in race one, in the second race he collected more points in seventh. Also adding to Volkswagen's excellent points haul was Max Chilton (GB, Carlin Motorsport) who produced another highlight to finish fourth in the second race.

ADAC Formula Masters Germany
Favourites win at ADAC Formula Masters season opener at Oschersleben

Daniel Abt (Kempten) and Klaus Bachler (A) justified their positions as favourites after wins in the first two races of the season at the ADAC Formula Masters opener at Oschersleben. Daniel Abt planted his Formula ADAC powered by Volkswagen twice on pole position, won the first race from his front row slot and was second in race two. This gives the young driver from Kempten a clear lead. Klaus Bachler finished fourth in the race on Easter Sunday before tasting victory on Easter Monday. In race one the remaining podium positions went to Adrian Campfield (GB) and Rene Binder (A) in second and third, in race two Kevin Friesacher (A) was third behind the race one winner.

Volkswagen Racing Cup England
Taylor and Dziurzynski win at Oulton Park

The wins at the opening round of the British Volkswagen Racing Cup went to Paul Taylor and Didge Dziurzynski, who both race a Volkswagen Golf. Paul Taylor was the dominating man in the first of the two races at Oulton Park on Easter Monday. The 2006 champion was followed across the line by a respectable ten seconds by last year's title holder Joe Fulbrook in a Volkswagen Bora. Michael Kurton in a Scirocco GT claimed third place. Race two was much harder fought: Didge Dziurzynski won by little more than one-tenth-of-a-second from Joe Fulbrook, who was again second. Third place went to Peter Felix in another Volkswagen Golf.

ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Young talents work on fine-tuning for 2009 Polo-Cup season

The 25 young talents competing in the "touring car school" prepared themselves for the 2009 season during a two-day introductory training course at Oschersleben for the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup, which opens with DTM between 15 and 17 May at Hockenheim. On the training programme: Extensive testing, start practice, introduction to data analysis, technique training, learning about tyres and also a course for working professionally with the media.

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Series BF3 , Endurance , F3 , Other open wheel , Road racing
Drivers Walter Grubmuller , Daniel Ricciardo , Kris Nissen , Max Chilton , Nick Tandy , Laurens Vanthoor , Adriano Buzaid , Stef Dusseldorp , Daniel Abt , Rafael Suzuki , Adrian Campfield , Rene Binder , Klaus Bachler
Teams Carlin , Volkswagen Motorsport