Volkswagen newsletter 2010-08-15

British Formula 3 Championship Volkswagen driver Jean-Eric Vergne is crowned champion Jean-Eric Vergne was crowned champion following his twelfth victory of the season at the eighth of ten British Formula 3 Championship race weekends. As a...

British Formula 3 Championship
Volkswagen driver Jean-Eric Vergne is crowned champion

Jean-Eric Vergne was crowned champion following his twelfth victory of the season at the eighth of ten British Formula 3 Championship race weekends. As a result, he is the first Frenchman to be awarded this title. The 20-year old, who drives for Volkswagen Team Carlin, had already collected important championship points in the first two races at Silverstone after finishing second and third. In the third race the high point: Victory and title in one. Vergne, who recorded Volkswagen's 100th victory in the British Formula 3 Championship two weeks ago at Spa-Francorchamps, holds an unassailable lead in 2010 with 344 points six races for the end of the season. His closest rival and team mate James Calado (BR) is 114 points behind. Victory in race one and two was celebrated by Calado and Adriano Buzaid (BR) respectively - also drivers of the Volkswagen team Carlin.

Dakar Rally 2011
Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 public unveiling in Trier

A cross country rally prototype for the future unveiled in front of a historical backdrop: On 20 August 2010 the Race Touareg 3, with which defending champion Volkswagen will tackle the project "Dakar" hattrick in January 2011, will be unveiled to the public for the first time. The near 300 hp four-wheel drive vehicle will be revealed by the four driver/co-driver teams with which Volkswagen will start the Dakar Rally on South American soil in Buenos Aires: Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E), Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D), Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA). Before starting the Dakar Rally between 1 and 16 January the "RT3" makes it competition debut in the Silk Way Rally through Russia (11-18 September 2010).

Dakar Rally 2011
Successful tests in Morocco and Spain for Volkswagen Race Touareg 3

The Race Touareg 3 has already successfully completed its first tough test. The "Dakar" prototype was tested in Spain and Morocco at the end of August/start of July for three weeks over a distance of almost 10,000 simulated special stage kilometres. This even exceeds the competitive distance of a complete Formula 1 season as well as double the distance of a Dakar Rally. The summary of technicians and drivers alike: no technical problems.

ATS Formula 3 Cup
Volkswagen cleans up in the Lausitz

No less than 14 of the 16 points scoring positions in the ATS Formula 3 Cup event at the EuroSpeedway were occupied by drivers with Volkswagen Power. The biggest haul went to the Swede Jimmy Eriksson who finished second in race one and won the second race. Victory in the first race went to Eriksson's Motopark Academy team mate the Dane Kevin Magnussen. With Stef Dusseldorp (NL, third place in race one) and Felix Rosenqvist (S, second in race two) two other Volkswagen powered drivers mounted the podium. In the first race Volkswagen drivers even finished first to eighth. The German Daniel Abt was fourth twice in the Lausitz and remains second in the overall standings. His deficit to the Frenchman Tom Dillmann, also driving for Volkswagen, reduced to ten points. Magnussen, Dusseldorp, Rosenqvist and Eriksson follow in third to sixth respectively.

ADAC Formula Masters
Stanaway still championship leader despite broken series

After finishing 14 consecutive races in first or second the impressive series of Richie Stanaway has ended. The New Zealander retired from the third ADAC Formula Masters race at the EuroSpeedway. However, Stanaway can easily stomach this mishap, as he had previously celebrated his eighth and ninth victories of the season. Furthermore, the dominant force continues to lead the table with 255 points from Patrick Schranner (202 points). The German finished three times on the podium after recording a third, second and first position at the Lausitz. Every driver steers a powerful 145 hp Dallara powered by Volkswagen.

First one-two for Volkswagen Scirocco duo

Fredrik Ekblom and Patrik Olsson celebrated the first one-two race finish for Volkswagen during the sixth Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) race weekend. In the first of two race at Karlskoga Ekblom claimed his second victory of the season. Team mate Patrik Olsson, like Ekblom also driving a Volkswagen Scirocco CNG, crossed the finish line second only 1.3 seconds behind. In the second race the two Swedes finished fifth and sixth. In the driver standings Ekblom is third (156 points) only 21 points behind the championship leader. Olsson (110 points) is still sixth. In the team classification Ekblom/Olsson took the lead with 256 points for Team

Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Van Beurden and Moss equal in Phakisa

Chad van Beurden and Simon Moss were the most successful drivers with a victory and second position each at the Formula Volkswagen South Africa guest race at Phakisa. In the first race Van Beurden finished ahead of Moss and Gordon Connelly in second and third places. In the second race Moss countered and took the win. Van Beurden and Connelly again mounted the podium. After five race weekends Moss holds a commanding lead from Wesleigh Orr in the overall standings.

Polo Cup South Africa
Matthew Hodges in a league of his own

Matthew Hodges impressively underlined his 2010 championship title ambitions during the Polo Cup South Africa event at the Phakisa Raceway: Victory in both races. The remaining podium places went to Kosie Weyers and Devin Robertson. Weyers was second in race one and third in race two, Robertson was third and second. In the overall standings Hodges holds a comfortable lead over Robertson and Weyers.

Volkswagen Racing Cup
Felix and Walker share the victories at Silverstone

Peter Felix and Richard Walker each clinched a victory during the fourth race weekend of the British Volkswagen Racing Cup. In the opening race at Silverstone Felix finished ahead of Paul Taylor and Didge Dziurzynski in second and third. The top-three drivers all drove a Volkswagen Golf. Victory in the second race went to Richard Walker in a Volkswagen Lupo TDI. Taylor once again finished second, Steve Chaplin, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle, claimed third place.

Volkswagen Endurance Cup
Oranjedak/DB Motorsport wins at Assen

The winners of the fifth race of the Volkswagen Endurance Cup season are called Jeroen den Boer and Rene Steenmetz. The two Dutchmen, who race for the Oranjedak/DB Motorsport team, extended their championship lead (248 points) following victory in the 5-hour race at the TT Circuit Assen. Their advantage over the Morien Match 1 team, which was third at Assen, is 34 points. Second was the Kolenaar de Bekker team. Every team in the Dutch one-make trophy competes in a Golf V 2.0 TDI.

Coming up:

20 August Presentation of the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 in Trier (D)
20-22 August races 11 and 12 Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort (NL)
20-22 August races 7 and 8 Jetta TDI Cup at Elkhart Lake (USA)
20-21 August race 6 South African Rally Championship (Osram Rally, ZA)

-source: vw

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Series BF3 , Dakar , Endurance , F3 , GT , Other open wheel , Road racing
Drivers Giniel de Villiers , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Timo Gottschalk , Ralph Pitchford , Lucas Cruz Senra , Tom Dillmann , Wesleigh Orr , Simon Moss , Adriano Buzaid , Stef Dusseldorp , Jean-Eric Vergne , Jimmy Eriksson , Felix Rosenqvist , Daniel Abt , Jeroen den Boer , Richie Stanaway
Teams Carlin