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Volkswagen Motorsport Newsletter 11/2014
Posted by: newsla on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:09 AM
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Volkswagen Motorsport Newsletter 11/2014

FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Win number three of the season: Blomqvist triumphs in Budapest


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Tom Blomqvist (GB) claimed his third victory of the season on the fourth race weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Hungaroring (H). The son of former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist got off to a flyer in race one and led from start to finish. The young Brit, who is “powered by Volkswagen”, also finished in the top ten in the remaining two races of the weekend to strengthen his grip on second place in the overall standings in the Formula 3 European Championship. Max Verstappen (NL) narrowly missed out on a podium, coming home fourth in race three, which was brought to an early close due to the onset of rain. A further six Volkswagen drivers claimed top-ten finishes in Hungary: Jordan King (GB), Jules Szymkowiak (NL), Sean Gelæl (RI), Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Gustavo Menez (USA) and Jake Dennis (GB).

Volkswagen Polo-Cup India
Matharoo wins season-opener in Coimbatore

Angad Singh Matharoo (IND) took an early overall lead in this year’s Volkswagen
Polo-Cup India. The 25-year-old from Chandigarh (IND) won the opening race at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore (IND) and finished runner-up behind Bonnie Thomas (IND) in race two. Matharoo, who finished third overall in last season’s Volkswagen Polo-Cup, benefitted from a breach of the rules in race one by would-be winner Karminder Pal Singh (IND), who was adjudged to have overtaken during a yellow flag phase on lap ten of an eventful race and was subsequently handed a 30-second penalty by the stewards. Several collisions occurred shortly after the start, resulting in the race being interrupted. In race two, rookie Thomas was the man to beat. This was the first victory in the Volkswagen Polo-Cup for the 33-year-old rally driver. Thomas is currently second in the overall standings with 43 points, behind Matharoo (54).

Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain
Fulbrook and Mason win at the Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone

Team-mates Joe Fulbrook (GB) and Aaron Mason (GB), both driving for the AWM/Warranty Direct team, shared a victory apiece on the third race weekend of the Volkswagen Racing Cup at the Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone (GB). Scirocco driver Mason would have bagged a brace of wins, had he not dropped back on the final lap of race one, allowing Fulbrook to claim his first victory of the season. This was also the first triumph by a Golf GTI this year. Rookie Lucas Orrock (GB) finished runner-up, ahead of the youngest driver in the series Sam Morgan (GB). In the second race, it took Mason just four laps to storm from eleventh on the grid to the front of the field. This time he held on to his lead, crossing the finish line first ahead of Jack Walker-Tulley (GB) and Stefan Di Resta (GB). After six of 14 races, James Greenway (GB) leads the championship, 16 points ahead of Mason.

Volkswagen Polo-Cup Russia
Ignatov completes hat-trick of victories

Third race, third win for Alexey Ignatov and Alina Kondratyeva: the Russian duo was once again the pair to beat at the Taman Rally in the Volkswagen Polo-Cup. The first day of the rally, on which the 11 teams were faced with 81 kilometres against clock spread over six special stages, was dominated by a thrilling duel between Ignatov and Arkadiy Bogomolov (RUS). However, Bogomolov, who led at the halfway point, skidded off the road on day two to leave the way free for Ignatov. Vadim Leluh (RUS) was second, while Vladimir Melnikov (RUS) completed the podium in third place.

Fun-Cup France
Ferté and Dupassagr win in Val de Vienne

They were second after the “three-hour sprint” which opened the second race weekend in the Fun-Cup, but they were unbeatable in Sunday’s main seven-hour race: Alain Ferté and Benoit Dupassagr of the “Groupe Lemoine” team won the Fun-Cup race in Val de Vienne (F). Pascal Amand/Julien Menard/Julien Suzanna, winners of Saturday’s opening race, ultimately had to settle for second place at the end of a race that featured countless changes of leader and three safety car phases. Patrick Van Impe/Amin Bentchikou/Bernard Dendrifosse were third.

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China
Liu dominates at the Shanghai International Circuit

Anthony Liu (RC) was unbeatable in races three and four of the season in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China (24 and 25 May). The local favourite won both races at the 4.602-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit. On Saturday, Liu came home ahead of Carlo Piero Mantori (I) and Patrick Boulaud (HK) after eleven laps in 27 degrees and cloudy conditions. On Sunday, with the sun shining and temperatures reaching 28 degrees, the man in the number 21 car finished in front of Boulaud and William Lok (HK), who had won the first two races of the season at the Zhuhai International Circuit. Lok leads the overall standings with 62 points, ahead of Liu (40), with David Lau (HK, 29 points) third. The Shanghai Tianma Circuit hosts races five and six of the season on 14 and 15 June.

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FIA World Rally Championship, Italy

ATS Formula 3 Cup, Red Bull Ring (A)

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ADAC GT Masters, Red Bull Ring (A)

Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, Gothenburg (S)

British Touring Car Championship, Oulton Park (GB)

Global Rallycross, Austin (USA)

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