CIK: Volkswagen newsletter 2009-07-12

Dakar Rally Programme Mario Barth and Oliver Pocher impressed with Race Touareg Comedian Mario Barth and TV presenter Oliver Pocher were obviously thrilled with the Volkswagen Race Touareg, the 2009 Dakar Rally winning vehicle, after an ...

Dakar Rally Programme
Mario Barth and Oliver Pocher impressed with Race Touareg

Comedian Mario Barth and TV presenter Oliver Pocher were obviously thrilled with the Volkswagen Race Touareg, the 2009 Dakar Rally winning vehicle, after an opportunity to ride in the car. The winners of the cross-country rally, Giniel de Villiers (ZA) and Dirk von Zitzewitz (D), demonstrated the capabilities of the 280-hp "Dakar" prototype from Wolfsburg at the Off-road Park of the Nurburgring. Both Barth and Pocher rode in the Race Touareg for the first time. "Wow, that was a real humdinger," said Mario Barth. Oliver Pocher added, "That was definitely not my last time as a passenger in the Race Touareg." Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis and former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen were treated to a ride as well. As guests of the joint main sponsor Red Bull, Formula 1 stars Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were on location as well.

Porsche Supercup
Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast wins at Nurburgring

After celebrating his first victory of the season at Silverstone Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast repeated the exploit in his home race at the Nurburgring: The 22-year-old triumphed again in the Eifel, giving neither the runner-up Stefan Rosina nor the title defender and leader of the standings Jeroen Bleekemolen the slightest chance. In the standings former Polo Cup Champion Rast moved up to second place.

CIK FIA European Kart Championship
Carlos Sainz Jr finishes as runner-up at European Kart Championship

Just one week after his father Carlos Sainz in the Volkswagen Race Touareg won the Rallye dos Sertoes Carlos Sainz Jr finished the finale of the CIK FIA European Kart Championship at Zuera in the KF3 class for juniors aged 13 to 15 as the runner-up. A total of almost 80 young drivers participated in the event.

Volkswagen Rally South Africa
Historic one-two-three victory for Volkswagen at Port Elizabeth

At the Rally South Africa the BP Volkswagen Rally Team clinched a historic one-two-three win. The defending champion Hergen Fekken together with his co-driver Pierre Arries in the Volkswagen Polo S2000 finished the event after twelve special stages covering a 427.56-kilometre distance with an almost one-minute lead ahead of his Volkswagen brand colleagues Enzo Kuun and co-driver Guy Hodgson. The pairing Jan Habig/Douglas Judd completed the first one-two-three triumph, achieved by Volkswagen South Africa at its home rally of all places. In addition, Andre Cleenwerck/Des de Fortier clinched a class win in the Volkswagen Citi Golf.

Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship
Olsson and Jansson clinch podium at Falkenberg

At the fifth race weekend of the Swedish Junior Touring Car Championship (JTCC) Niclas Olsson (S) and Marcus Jansson (S) achieved third places, respectively, at Falkenberg with the Volkswagen Golf. After Olsson merely finished the second race in eighth place he lost the lead of the standings he had captured the day before but, with just a three-point gap, remains within good striking distance of the leader Andreas Ahlberg (S). Christoffer Graff now ranks third overall. The Swedish Volkswagen driver came to Falkenberg as the leader of the standings but, with two race finishes out of the points, experienced a weekend to forget.

Swedish Touring Car Championship
Ekblom and Olsson barely miss scoring points at Falkenberg

At the ninth round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship season at Falkenberg Fredrik Ekblom (S) in the Volkswagen Scirocco powered by biogas took ninth place, thus barely missing points. His team-mate and compatriot Patrik Olsson, who had finished the first race in 13th place, missed a point-finish at the second race with an equally narrow margin. Almost up to seeing the chequered flag Ekblom had been fighting for points with good prospects as well but, after being hit by a rival, was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop and finished merely in 17th place.

Coming up next...

17 --19 July
7th and 8th round, Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort (NL)

17 --19 July
11th and 12th round, British Formula 3 Championship at Donington (GB)

18 --19 July
9th and 10th round, Volkswagen Racing Cup at Donington (GB)

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Series Dakar , Kart , Other rally
Drivers Mark Webber , Carlos Sainz , Giniel de Villiers , Ari Vatanen , Sebastian Vettel , Stefan Rosina , René Rast , Albert von Thurn und Taxis