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Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 08:52 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Volkswagen Motorsport Newsletter 03/2014

FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), “Fafe Rally Sprint”
World Champion Sébastien Ogier wins the dress rehearsal for the Rally Portugal


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Shortly before the start of Rally Portugal (03–06 April) Sébastien Ogier (F) was in imperious driving form during the “Fafe Rally Sprint” in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. The Rally World Champion, together with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, won the exhibition event on Saturday afternoon in front of more than 100,000 excited spectators over the legendary Lameirinha stage, previously an official part of the Rally Portugal line-up. The most spectacular part of the 6.34-kilometre special stage in the north of Portugal was the jump shortly before the finishing line, where in 2000 Armin Schwarz (D) set the longest jump record of 73.5 metres, which has yet to be broken. Ott Tänak (EST) and Dani Sordo (E) took second and third places respectively. Ogier, who drove with the Portuguese flag on the rear of his Polo R WRC as a thank you to the local fans commented: “That was a great event, which was a lot of fun. Thank you for letting me be a part of this unbelievable show.”

British Touring Car Championship
Alain Menu takes fifth after catch-up race in the Volkswagen CC

Racing legend Alain Menu (CH) celebrated a successful comeback to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). In the third and last race during the season opener in Brands Hatch, the 50-year-old drove to a spectacular fifth place just 2.660 seconds behind the leader. From sixteenth on the grid Menu pulled off numerous spectacular overtaking manoeuvres to launch a remarkable catch-up race, which ripped the tens of thousands of spectators from their seats. The BTCC Champion from 1997 and 2000 secured the best result for his team, Chrome Edition Restart Racing. Team-mate Aron Smith came home in seventh place in both of the other two races on Sunday. Although Menu did not complete as much tests as the competition, the veteran demonstrated the speed his Volkswagen is capable of from the outset. “I had the best time of my carrier in the BTCC and it is great to be here again,” the former DTM driver commented.

Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa
Daniel Rowe also takes the overall standings in Killarney

Following his opening day victory, Daniel Rowe has also won the overall classification during the second racing weekend in the South African Engen Volkswagen Cup. The driver from Team Ferodo Racing crossed the finishing line in second and third during the two races in Killarney. In the first race his Polo was only 0.214 seconds slower than Dewald Brummer in first place. In the second race Rowe finished in third behind Tasmin Pepper and racing series rookie Sheldon van der Linde. The latter is also Rowe's fiercest rival in the overall standings. Rowe celebrated his first victory in the Engen Volkswagen Cup in the season opener in Zwartkops.

Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Setback for defending champion Wolk – van Weely takes the lead

Defending champion Robert Wolk had to concede defeat in the second race weekend of Formula Volkswagen South Africa. After winning both races in the opening weekend in Zwartkops, the dominant force did not finish in the first race in Killarney. Nicholas van Weely was subsequently on top here for the first time this season. Wolk took revenge in the second race of the day securing a narrow victory with a 0.304-second advantage over van Weely. In the overall classification of the formula race series “powered by Volkswagen” everything comes down to a battle between Nicholas van Weely (38) and Robert Wolk (34).

Volkswagen Fun Cup France
Groupe Lemoine wins the season opener in France despite a collision

“Groupe Lemoine” were triumphant in the opening race of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France with their Beetle in the legendary Le Mans circuit. Philippe Lemoine, Benoit Dupassage and ex DTM pilot Alain Ferté won the eight-hour endurance race ahead of the Dupon Racing and Defi Baticonfort teams. The eventual winners got mixed up in a collision with two other cars in the first lap, but they staged a blistering comeback race following the safety car phase. Fifty technically-identical Beetles took to the starting grid in the popular racing series, which was blessed with dry and sunny weather.

Drive like Ogier with Red Bull Racers

Driving like World Champion Sébastien Ogier (F) in the Volkswagen Polo R WRC is now possible virtually at least. The new Red Bull Racers universal App is a slot car racing game, which can be downloaded for iOS and Android. Altogether there are over 100 races in three different series. In the rally series, you can of course drive the championship-winning Polo R WRC. As with real life racing you will need to handle tricky corners and exhilarating jumps in this thrilling game. The whole experience is highly realistic even down to the finest detail. The better you know the course, the faster you can go and this also holds true here.

Mini Polo R WRC celebrates its first victory in its third outing

The Polo R WRC in mini format has recorded its first win in its third appearance. Shortly before his big brother competes in the World Rally Championship in Portugal (03–06 April), the Polo R WRC of Stefan Waschow (D) won the second event of the season in the Rally Racing Carrera Cup in Hamburg. He defeated a strong field consisting of Porsche, Audi, Bentley and McLaren with the electric racing car on a scale of 1:24. Waschow was in a class of his own with the Volkswagen R WRC. The driver from the Volkswagen Motorsport–Das Kartell team secured pole position and then two comfortable victories in the races themselves.

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