Bertram Schafer in the Scirocco R-Cup Bertram Schafer, the ATS Formula 3 Cup organiser, uses the summer break of the fastest German single-seater series to return behind the wheel of a racing car. At the Norisring, the Bitburger will race a...
Bertram Schafer in the Scirocco R-Cup
Bertram Schafer, the ATS Formula 3 Cup organiser, uses the summer break of the fastest German single-seater series to return behind the wheel of a racing car. At the Norisring, the Bitburger will race a 225bhp sports car in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup.
The regulation of the 'greenest' makes cup worldwide provide that five of the 25 cars on its grid are raced by motor-sport legends. And in the season highlight at the Norisring, one of these motor-racing greats will be the former driver and Team Principal Bertram Schafer. In 1976 and 1978 he won the German Formula 3 Championship as driver. Afterwards he moved to the conning bridge and secured nine International German Formula 3 titles as Team Principal, courtesy of drivers such as Tom Kristensen (1991) and Nick Heidfeld (1997). And in 1986, Kris Nissen, the Volkswagen Motorsport Director today, also won his German Formula 3 title for the team of Bertram Schafer.
"The starting grid for the Norisring once again will be exquisite and feature great names - with legends from every circuit racing category as well as the rally sport," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "It will be thrilling to witness them battling it out with one another." In addition to Schafer, another single-seater expert also is going to contest the Norisring round: Switzerland's former Formula 1 ace Marc Surer.
Apart from its starting grid, representing a mix of young up-and-coming talents and established motor-racing pros, the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup also unites innovative technology and sports concepts: the cars are fuelled with pure bio natural gas.
"I'm truly looking forward to my return behind the wheel of a state-of-the-art sports car," reveals Schafer, "although I'm aware that it will be difficult. We will have to give our very best to match the pace of the wild young guns and the Norisring is far more demanding than it looks like." On the other hand, the 64-year old isn't fully out of practice as he sporadically contests classic-car races and keeps himself fit with an ambitious jogging programme.