Volkswagen newsletter 2008-10-26

Formula 3 Euro Series Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara secures second place overall At the Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara with a sixth-place finish at Sunday's race secured the "vice" champion's title in...

Formula 3 Euro Series
Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara secures second place overall

At the Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara with a sixth-place finish at Sunday's race secured the "vice" champion's title in the renowned junior series. In Saturday's race the Italian was headed for the podium for a long time before having to settle for twelfth place after a drive-through penalty. The most successful Volkswagen driver on the 4.574-kilometre circuit was the Frenchman Jean Karl Vernay, who finished the two races in fifth and fourth place respectively. In the team classifications second place overall went to the partner team Signature. For Volkswagen, the first full season in the ultra-competitive feeder series ended successfully: the drivers powered by engines from Wolfsburg clinched a total of three victories and 13 podium places.

ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Rambow wins the title, Simonsen the race

In a captivating season finale at the Hockenheimring Alexander Rambow (Zehdenick) secured the title in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup. At the tenth race of the season the 19-year-old only needed a fifth-place finish, directly behind his rival for the championship title, Shane Williams from South Africa. Race victory at the Hockenheimring went to the Swede Andreas Simonsen ahead of Thor Qualmann from Denmark and Niclas Olsson, who hails from Sweden as well. As the best rookie, Maximilian Sandritter (Raubling), who had already secured the title in the classification for newcomers early, achieved seventh place.

ADAC Formula Masters powered by Volkswagen
Parente first champion of the new "Formula ADAC"

Armando Parente has decided the inaugural year of the ADAC Formula Masters powered by Volkswagen in his favour: with a second place at the last round of the season in the junior series that made its debut in 2008 the Portuguese secured the title although he had scored no points in Saturday's race due to a wrong choice of tyres. Race victories at the events held in conjunction with the DTM's final weekend at Hockenheim went to the Dane Marco Sørensen and the Austrian Klaus Bachler, who finished third overall. Second place overall was defended by Nico Marvin Monien (Romerstein) despite the fact that he finished both races at Hockenheim out of the points.

Cross-country rally sport
Final "Dakar" test: successful proving of the Race Touareg in Morocco

During tests of the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 in Morocco the cross-country rally prototype completed 2,500 kilometres in different types of terrain without any problems. The last tests before the Dakar Rally, which took place near the Moroccan town of Erfoud, served as final tests of the components as well as the fine-tuning of the vehicle prior to the "Dakar", which will be run for the first time through Argentina and Chile starting on 03 January 2009. The tests were performed using one Race Touareg 2 as well as the driver pairings Carlos Sainz/Michel Perin (E/F), Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA), who also completed a training programme for mechanics.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
Title for Rene Rast

Volkswagen Junior Rene Rast (Steyerberg) at the last round of the season convincingly secured the title in the Porsche Carrera Cup. The champion of the 2005 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup 2005, on his 22nd birthday, started from position three on the grid, took no risks and occupied fourth place. Rast thus crowned a strong season with a total of six podium places in nine races with first place overall in Germany's quickest one-make cup.

SEAT Leon Supercopa
Second place overall for Jimmy Johansson

The Swedish Volkswagen Junior Jimmy Johansson at Hockenheim finished his second season in the Seat Leon Supercopa as the overall runner-up. The champion of the 2006 ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup finished the first race out of the points after suffering a puncture; in Sunday's race the 24-year-old clinched fifth place. 2007 Polo Cup champion Constantin Dressler, who is being supported by Volkswagen Motorsport as well, after finishing one race in fourth place and retiring from the other at Hockenheim, took eighth place overall.

Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa
Two wins for Miguel Pasqualli

The Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa remains a thriller: after two wins by Miguel Pasqualli on the penultimate race weekend at Kyalami four drivers still have title chances before the season finale at Cape Town (16 November). With a third and second place Gennaro Bonafede defended his lead of the standings with a narrow lead in front of Pasqualli and Mathew Hodges, who finished one race in third place. The other podium position at the tradition-steeped circuit was clinched by Gant Gatland.

Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Christiano Morgara takes lead of the standings

With two wins at the tenth race weekend of the Formula Volkswagen South Africa on the rain-drenched historic circuit at Kyalami Christiano Morgara took the lead of the standings in the juniors' series. His rival for the title, Gavin Cronje, in the first round took second place ahead of Wesleigh Orr but didn't finish the second race. Podium positions this time went to guest entrants Maxime Soulet and Jayde Kroger.

-credit: vw

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Series Dakar , F3 Europe , General , Other open wheel
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Giniel de Villiers , Jimmy Johansson , Michel Périn , Maxime Soulet , Ralph Pitchford , Gavin Cronje , René Rast , Edoardo Mortara , Wesleigh Orr , Jean-Karl Vernay , Armando Parente , Marco Sorensen , Andreas Simonsen , Klaus Bachler
Teams Williams , Volkswagen Motorsport