Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Greater Noida
Reddy clinched title win – Vaidyam best junior driver.
Excitement down to the final race of the season in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India: Anindith Reddy (IND) had to wait until the final in Greater Noida (IND) to clinch the title win. Two podium positions in the three races held were enough for last year's winner of the junior standings to win the championship. “I am extremely happy with the 2015 title and looking forward to the next steps in 2016,” said Reddy. “The competition was tough and I knew it was going down to the wire for the final title honours.” Meanwhile, the award for best junior driver of the season went to Pradeep Rao Vaidyam (IND). This victory sees Vaidyam secure a starting position in the 2016 season of the Volkswagen Vento Cup.
Touringcar Racer International Series, Buriram
Tomas Engström finishes in the points twice.
Thomas Engström claimed two points finishes at the penultimate round of the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR). The Swede, at the wheel of the new Volkswagen Golf for the racetrack, finished eighth and sixth in the two races at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram (T). Engström was rewarded with twelve points for his efforts. In contrast, Mikhail Grachev endured a miserable weekend in the second Volkswagen Golf, scoring no points. The two races were won by the two main title contenders, Stefano Comini (CH) and Pepe Oriola (E). The Seat drivers are separated by just two points, with Comini in front on 299 points. The final round of the TCR will take place on Monaco’s iconic street circuit on 22 November.
Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Western Cape
Pepper bags a brace, van der Linde on cusp of winning second title.
Tasmin Pepper (ZA) bagged a brace of wins on the penultimate race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The flying lady from South Africa won two of the three races at the Killarney Motor Racing Circuit. Victory in race one went to Sheldon van der Linde. The South African came home ahead of Pepper and Daniel Rowe (ZA) on the 3.267-kilometre racetrack in the South African province of Western Cape on Saturday morning.
Race two saw Pepper cross the finish line first, ahead of Chris Shorter (ZA) and Mathew Hodges (ZA). She then finished ahead of van der Linde and Shorter to take victory in race three. Van der Linder is in pole position in the overall standings. The 16-year-old South African now has 360 points to his name and travels to the finale in the South African province of Gauteng with a 44-point lead over Matthew Hodges (316). Van der Linde, who was crowned the youngest champion in the history of the Engen Volkswagen Cup last year, is well-placed to win his second championship in a row at the Kyalami Racing Circuit (ZA) on 7 November. Away from the title race, Shaun La Reservee (ZA) was busy setting course for next season: he used the races in Western Cape to test the Volkswagen Polo for 2016 under competitive conditions.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Mettet
Allure Team 2 wins the title in Mettet.
Champions in Mettet: Allure Team 2 won the title at the final round of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium. Second place at the ten-hour race at the Circuit Jules Tacheny was to prove good enough for the team, consisting of Cédric Bollen, Frédéric Caprasse, Guillaume Mondron and Edouard Mondron. Victory in the Belgian province of Namur went to Claudio Cappelli and Federico Sordini (8Ks Corse team). The Italian duo came home one lap ahead of the new champions after 455 laps of racing. Third place went to Jac Motors 1, with drivers Laurent Jaspers, Stéphane Henry de Frahan and Nicolas Nulens. Socardenne ended the 2015 season in second place. The team of Christophe Nivarlet, Kevin Balthazar, Renaud Martin and François Verbist finished sixth in Mettet. With 411 points to their name, they came up 34 points short of Allure Team 2 (445). The two teams will meet again on 17 December, only this time it will not be on the racetrack: the drivers and teams will be presented with their trophies in Brussels.
Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Greater Noida
Two wins for Reddy Konda in Greater Noida.
Two out of three – Anindith Reddy Konda (IND) tasted success twice on the third race weekend of the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. Reddy Konda won the opening race on Saturday and race three on Sunday at the Buddh International Circuit (IND). Reddy Konda led race one, which was suspended and then re-started after a crash, from start to finish. Ishaan Dodhiwala (IND) finished runner-up, ahead of Karminder Singh (IND) in third place. However, Karminder Singh’s big moment was to follow in race two: the Indian started the race from sixth on the grid, but had climbed into the lead by the end of the second lap and never looked back until he took the chequered flag. Dodhiwala was second again, while Prabhanj Paruchuri (IND) finished third to claim the first podium of his career. Race three saw a thrilling battle for the lead between Reddy Konda and Dodhiwala. Reddy Konda ultimately came out on top, crossing the finish line 0.263 seconds ahead of Dodhiwala. Sailesh Bolisetti (IND) came home third to complete the podium. The fourth and final race weekend will once again be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida from 27 to 29 November.
South African Rally Championship, Polokwane
Volkswagen duo Lategan/White finish second in Polokwane.
Henk Lategan/Barry White (ZA/ZA) were the best-placed Volkswagen duo at the eighth and final round of the South African Rally Championship. The two South Africans from Volkswagen Sasolracing finished runner-up at the Polokwane Motor Rally (ZA). At the end of the nine special stages in the South African province of Limpopo, Lategan/White were only beaten by 2015 champions Mark Cronje/Gerhard Snyman (ZA/ZA, Ford). A damaged suspension prevented Gugulethu Zulu and Hilton Auffray (ZA/ZA) from completing the rally. As a result, the two South Africans missed out on third place overall and eventually had to settle for fourth (54 points). Lategan/White finished fifth overall with 43 points.
Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Oulton Park
Graham Roberts and Farquini Deott dominate at Oulton Park.
JPR - Uvio was unbeatable at the Oulton Park Circuit (GB). The pairing of Graham Roberts/Farquini Deott (GB/GB) won the final race of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK. After 108 laps of racing, the British duo crossed the finish line 45.903 seconds ahead of Track Torque /2 Rent Dominos with its drivers Chris Hart and Henry Dawes (GB/GB). Geometric, with Guy Wenham/Zoe Wenham/Stephen Johansen (GB/GB/GB) at the wheel, came home third – a little over a second behind the runners-up – to complete the podium. The Racelogic team, with drivers Julian Thomas and Jan Tomlinson (GB/GB), had already been crowned champions before the final race of the season, but had to settle for eleventh place at Oulton Park.
Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Nogaro
A performance worthy of champions: Defi Performance wins the final race of the season in Nogaro.
The Defi Performance team won the final race of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup France to claim the title. Pascal Amant/Julien Menart/Julien Suzanna were victorious at the eight-hour race in Nogaro (F), coming home ahead of SPI FC with its drivers Philippe Illiano/Ander Vilarino/John Cedric Favre. Third place went to the Eurodatacar FC trio of Philippe Loriquet/Gérald Richard/Didier Pigelet. At the start of the race on Sunday morning, the drivers were forced to contend with a wet track at the 3.636-kilometre Circuit de Nogaro. The track started to dry out again towards the middle of the race, and remained dry until the chequered flag fell for the final time in the 2015 season.
Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland, Poznan
Kruger champion, Pereira wins both races in Poznan.
Jeffrey Kruger clinched the title in the final race of the Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland. A third and a second place at the Poznan Circuit proved enough for the South African to win the championship. Kruger’s closest rival, Dylan Pereira of Luxembourg, won both races on the 4.083-kilometre circuit, but ultimately finished 26 points behind Kruger (480 points) in the overall standings. “It was an amazing season,” said Kruger. “It started well, but with every race was getting better and better. Good that it happened that way, because in the end I lost a bit of pace, but the points gathered to this moment proved to be sufficient.” Also on the podium in Poznan: local favourite Piotr Parys, who finished runner-up in race one, and Finland’s Simo Muhonen, who was third in race two.
Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Lédenon
Eurodatacar wins twice in Lédenon.
Two races, each with the same winners: the team of Philippe Loriquer/Olivier Lamirault/Jean Charles Redele/Antoine Hubert was successful twice on the penultimate race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France. The French outfit won the opening race at the Circuit de Lédenon before adding a second victory in race two, which was held over three and a half hours. The Eurodatacar team won Sunday morning’s first race in sunny conditions, finishing ahead of the FC 199 Groupe Lemoine team, with Philippe Lemoine/Alain Ferté/Elliot Hoffet at the wheel, and FC 261Défi Performance with its drivers Pascal Amant/Julien Suzanna/Julien Menart. In race two on Sunday afternoon, FC 199 Group Lemoine again finished runner-up behind Eurodatacar. Third place this time went to the Zosh FC team and drivers Didier Robin/Arnold Maxime/Jean René Defournoux. The final eight-hour race will take place in Nogaro from 17 to 18 October.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Circuit L’Anneau du Rhin
Double for Allure Team 2 in Alsace.
Allure Team 2 bagged a brace of wins at the penultimate race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium. Guillaume Mondron/Cédric Bollen/Frédéric Caprasse won both three-hour races at the Circuit L’Anneau du Rhin. The Socardenne team (Kevin Balthazar/Renaud Martin/Christophe Nivarlet) finished runner-up in both races, while the AC Motorsport 2 team and its drivers Alix Fraiture and Sébastien Ryhon claimed two third places. In total, 29 cars lined up in sunny conditions at the racetrack near the French, German and Swiss borders. The final round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium is set to be a real marathon: a ten-hour race in Mettet from 23 to 24 October.
Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Anglesey
Marcus Clutton wins twice in Anglesey.
Marcus Clutton's team celebrated double success at the sixth and penultimate race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK. The team consisting of Peter Belshaw/Phil Keen/Marcus Clutton (all GB) won both races at the Anglesey Coastal Circuit (GB). Marcus Clutton won the first race on the northwest coast of Wales with a lead of 2.404 seconds over Team Racelogic, made up of Julian Thomas/Nigel Greensall/Jon Tomlinson (all GB), after almost three hours and 124 laps. Team Honeywell made up of Neil Plimmer/Geoff Fawcett/Tim Wheeldon (all GB, +3.083 seconds) crossed the finish line in third place. In the second race, Belshaw/Keen/Clutton won with a lead of 49.526 seconds over Team Paul Wighton, made up of Paul Wighton/Anthony Reid/Antonio Armelin (all GB), after 122 laps. Team Racelogic (+49.827 seconds) finished third in this race. The final weekend will be held in Oulton Park (GB) on 17 October.
Formula 3 Masters, Zandvoort
Giovinazzi claims dominant victory at the renowned Masters in Zandvoort.
Antonio Giovinazzi celebrated a commanding win at the 25th Formula 3 Masters in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The Italian from the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team first won the twelve-lap qualifying race on Saturday by 8.803 seconds in his Dallara F315, finishing ahead of Markus Pommer of the Motopark team. His team-mate Sergio Sette Camara, who was also “powered by Volkswagen”, was third. Pole-sitter Giovinazzi then claimed a dominant victory in the 25-lap anniversary race. George Russell of the Carlin team finished runner-up, 8.427 seconds behind the winner. Camara held on to his third place. All of the top nine drivers were driven by a powerful Volkswagen engine. The Formula 3 Masters in Zandvoort is one of the highlights of the season, but does not form part of the official FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Touringcar Racer International Series, Singapore
Two top-ten finishes for Mikhail Grachev.
Mikhail Grachev twice finished seventh in the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR) as the new Volkswagen Golf for the racetrack made its second outing. The Russian was on course for a place on the podium for long stretches of Sunday’s second race, which formed part of the support programme for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, but dropped back towards the end of the race. Victory went to Spain’s Jordi Gené (Seat). In Saturday’s opening race, Grachev missed out on a better result after an aggressive attack from a rival car. Sweden’s Tomas Engström finished twelfth and ninth in the second Golf. He had started race two from pole position.
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Pskov
Rostilov/Ignatov triumph in Pskov.
Denis Rostilov and Alexey Ignatov won the seventh rally of this year’s Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, which took place around the picturesque city of Pskov. After six special stages and 80.28 kilometres on gravel, the Russian duo finished ahead of their compatriots Yuriy Arshansky/Mikhail Soskin. Andrey Vavilin/Denis Pimanov, the winners of the last round of the Volkswagen Polo Cup in St. Petersburg, had to settle for fourth in their Polo.
South African Rally Championship, Cape Town
Two podiums and victory in the Manufacturers’ Championship for Volkswagen Sasolracing.
With two podiums and victory in the Manufacturers’ Championship, Volkswagen Sasolracing was the dominant team at the sixth round of the South African Rally Championship. Gugulethu Zulu/Hilton Auffrey claimed their best result so far in the Volkswagen Polo on the roads around Cape Town. Third place went to their South African team-mates Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries, who made it onto the podium for the second event in succession. Henk Lategan/Barry White came home fourth in another Polo to complete an outstanding result for Volkswagen. They dominated the second day of the rally with three stage wins, but missed out on a better result due to damage sustained to their car on the 13th and final special stage. “A fantastic performance from the Volkswagen team,” said Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport South Africa. The final round of the season in the South African Rally Championship will take place in Polokwane on 16 and 17 October.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Donington Park
Mason champion, Epps bags brace at Donington Park.
Eighth place in race two proved sufficient to secure the title – Aaron Mason (GB) wrapped up the championship in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK at Donington Park (GB). The final two races of the season were both won by Michael Epps (GB). The Brit came home third in race one, but subsequently benefitted from penalties awarded to his two rivals who finished ahead of him: winner Bobby Thompson (GB) was involved in a crash on lap one and was disqualified after the race. Runner-up Howard Fuller (GB) was handed a five-second penalty for ignoring the track limits. He was eventually given third place in the final classification. Phil House (GB) was promoted to second place. Race two lasted 40 minutes, making it the longest in the history of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK. Epps was victorious, crossing the finish line ahead of team-mates Simon Rudd (GB) and Robert Barrable (GB). David Sutton, who had led the championship all year, endured a wretched weekend: the Brit failed to finish race one and could do no better than twelfth in race two. He eventually had to settle for third place in the championship. Lucas Orrock (GB) in second place missed out on the title by just four points. This was Mason’s second championship win in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK.
Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Le Castellet
Team Allure wins eight-hour race in Le Castellet.
Team Allure was successful at the sixth race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France. Fred Caprasse/Cedric Bollen/Gilles Debrus (F/F/F) won the eight-hour race in Le Castellet (F), which was held at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Second place wen to the Defi Performance team with Pascal Amant/Julien Menart/Julien Suzanna (F/F/F). The FC 275 Zosh team and its drivers Didier Robin/Arnold Robin/Jean René Defournoux (F/F/F) came home third at the end of the eight hours. After heavy rain during the night, the race was started behind the safety car due to the wet track. Around midday, the 5.842-kilometre circuit started to dry out. The Fun Cup is back in action on 3 and 4 October, when the Circuit de Lédenon (F) will host two races, each lasting three and a half hours.
Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Coimbatora
Reddy Konda celebrates a start-finish win.
There were two winners at the second race weekend in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. Karminder Singh (IND) and Anindith Reddy Konda (IND) both celebrated victory at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatora, southern India. In race two on Sunday, Singh started from sixth on the grid and moved to the front in the first lap. The man from New Delhi extended his lead steadily, finishing almost five seconds ahead of second-placed Ishaan Dodhiwala (IND). Reddy Konda finished this race in third place. In race one, he had celebrated a start-finish win, pushing Dodhiwala (+ 0.860 seconds) into second place. Singh was the third driver to pass the chequered flag. The next two races will take place from 16 to 18 October at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida (IND).
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, St. Petersburg
Vavilin/Pimanov victorious at Rally St. Petersburg.
Andrey Vavilin and co-driver Denis Pimanov were victorious at the sixth race weekend of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The Russian pair won Rally St. Petersburg after ten special stages over a total distance of 85.80 kilometres. The challenging gravel tracks in Russia’s second city took their toll on the other competitors, as only Vavilin/Pimanov reached the finish line on Saturday.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Zolder
Team Socardenne wins in Zolder.
Team Socardenne won the sixth round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium in Zolder (B). At the end of the three-hour race, the team with the number 280 car came home first, 31.5 seconds clear of Allure Team 1. Third place went to Allure Team 2, who trailed the winners by 1:01 minutes. The endurance race was dominated by many incidents and some sensational battles. The cars at the head of the field were taking no prisoners: Socardenne was embroiled in a thrilling battle with the two Allure teams for vast stretches of the race, before eventually emerging triumphant. The next race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium takes place in Anneau du Rhin (F) on 3 and 4 October.
Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland, Sachsenring
Kruger wins both races at the Sachsenring.
Jeffrey Kruger dominated proceedings as the Sachsenring (D) hosted the Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland. The South African won both races at the challenging, winding circuit to claim wins number four and five of the season and extend his overall lead in the championship. The fact that he led from start of finish in both races only served to make his achievement all the more impressive. Kruger came home about 5.6 seconds clear of Dylan Pereira (L) and Markus Fluch (S/+7.1 seconds) in the opening race, before finishing ahead of Andre Gies (D/+1.5 seconds) and Michał Gadomski (PL/+2 seconds) in race two. The next races in the Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland take place in Brno (CZ) from 18 to 20 September.
Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Dezzi
Van der Linde extends his overall lead.
Daniel Rowe made his mark on the sixth race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The South African won one race and finished an impressive second behind compatriot Chris Shorter in the other at the Dezzi Raceway, to the south of Port Shepstone (ZA). In the meantime, Sheldon van der Linde (ZA) managed to extend his lead at the top of the overall standings. The 16-year-old secured pole position in qualifying, before finishing third in race one and second in race two. Van der Linde now leads the championship with 297 points, followed by Mathew Hodges (ZA/264) and Rowe (258). The next two races in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa will take place in Killarney (ZA) on 24 October.
Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Donington
Deott/Roberts and Belshaw/Clutton win at Donington Park.
A full five hours of full throttle “powered by Volkswagen” in the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK. The sixth race weekend of the season at Donington Park (GB) featured two races. The pairing of Farquini Deott/Graham Roberts (GB/GB, JPR – UVio) won the opening one-hour race. It was a narrow victory: Henry Dawes/Chris Hart (GB/GB, Track Torque/2 Rent Domino's) followed them over the finish line in second place just 0.085 seconds back. Third place went to Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton (GB/GB, Sherardize UK/Neilson Racing). Just 3.298 seconds separated winners Belshaw/Clutton and runners-up Dawes/Hart in race two, which was held over four hours. Third place in this race went to the British trio of Nigel Greensall/Julian Thomas/Jon Tomlinson (Racelogic). The next round will take place on 26 September, when the Anglesey Circuit (GB) hosts a six-hour race.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Snetterton
Thompson and House win.
The sixth race weekend of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK produced the first win of 2015 for two drivers. Bobby Thompson (GB, Golf) won on Saturday evening at Snetterton (GB), while two-time champion Phil House (GB, Scirocco) claimed his first victory of the season in Sunday afternoon’s second race. Thompson started race one from pole position and held on to the lead until he saw the chequered flag on lap 15. Second place went to Robert Barrable (GB, Golf, +6.642 seconds) with Jack Walker-Tully (GB, Scirocco, +9.844 seconds) in third place. Race two saw pole-sitter House lead from start to finish. Joe McMillan (GB, Scirocco, +0.904 seconds) was runner-up, Michael Epps (GB, Golf, +8.520 seconds) third. With two races remaining, David Sutton (GB, Scirocco) tops the overall standings with 498 points after finishing eleventh and eighth at Snetterton. Aaron Mason (GB, Scirocco) trails the championship leader by just four points. The 2013 champion finished eighth and sixth in the English county of Norfolk. It all comes down to a final-round showdown at Donington Park (GB), which hosts races 15 and 16 on 12 and 13 September.
South African Rally Championship, Cullinan
Four Volkswagen duos in the top ten again.
As at the previous rally in Port Elizabeth, four Volkswagen Polos finished in the top ten at round five of the South African Rally Championship. The best-placed Volkswagen duo in Cullinan/Tshwane (ZA) was Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries in third place. At the end of the ten special stages, the two South Africans finished 36.7 seconds behind winners Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee (ZA/ZA, Toyota). Fourth place went to Volkswagen drivers Gugulethu Zulu/Hilton Auffrey (ZA/ZA), while Thilo Himmel/Armand du Toit (NAM/ZA) were fifth. Henk Lategan/Barry White (ZA/ZA) were initially unlucky: the duo were forced to retire on Friday with a damaged oil sump. However, Lategan/White hit back on Saturday, winning three special stages to finish eighth overall. The next rally will take place in the South African capital Cape Town from 18 to 19 September.
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia
Rostilov/Ignatov win in Vyborg.
Denis Rostilov/Alexey Ignatov (RUS/RUS) emerged victorious from the fifth rally weekend of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The two Russians finished ahead of compatriots Andrey Vavilin/Denis Pimanov at the end of the eight special stages, which saw them tackle 80.90 kilometres against the clock.
Only two of the five starters actually finished the gravel rally in the historic region of Karelia, between St. Petersburg and the Finnish border – namely Rostilov/Ignatov and Vavilin/Pimanov. The next rally will be held in St. Petersburg from 04 to 06 September.
Engen Volkswagen Cup Südafrika
Zwartkops Raceway: Van der Linde bags a brace of wins.
Sheldon van der Linde (ZA) dominated the fifth race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The 16-year-old South African won both races at the Zwartkops Raceway (ZA). Pole-sitter van der Linde won race one on Saturday morning, coming home 3.329 seconds ahead of Tasmin Pepper (ZA) after eight laps of racing. Third place went to Daniel Rowe (ZA, +4.549 seconds).
Race two on Saturday afternoon saw van der Linde cross the finish line first after 20 laps in his Volkswagen Polo Vivo. Mathew Hodges (ZA, + 7.955 seconds) was runner-up, with Rowe (+ 9.460 seconds) claiming his second third place of the weekend. The next two races will take place at the Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone (ZA) on 29th August.
Volkswagen Vento Cup India
Bolisetti and Singh win at inaugural Vento Cup event.
Sailesh Bolisetti (IND) and Karminder Singh (IND) both won a race each on the opening weekend of the new Volkswagen Vento Cup India. Bolisetti won the first race of the series on Saturday, while Singh took victory in Sunday’s second race at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore (IND). Starting from pole position, Bolisetti led from start to finish to claim a commanding win in race one. The 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup India champion came home ahead of Anindith Reddy (IND) and Singh. Reddy, who had started from second on the grid, lost two positions on the opening lap. However, he was able to fight his way back into second place over the course of the race. The youngster did manage to reel in Bolisetti, but was unable to launch an attack on the lead.
Race two was started in reverse order and proved to be an action-packed affair. Singh, who started the race from sixth place, fought his way into the lead and held on to triumph ahead of Reddy and Sahil Gahuri (IND). Race one winner Bolisetti started from eighth place and eventually came home sixth. The race was interrupted following a crash involving Harkishan Wadia (IND) in turn one. Wadia was unhurt and the race was re-started behind the safety car. The Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore will also host races three and four from 04 to 06 September.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK
Mason and Epps win at Brands Hatch.
Aaron Mason (GB) and Michael Epps (GB) emerged as the winners of the two races held during the fifth meeting of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK at Brands Hatch. Having gone without a win for the first four race weekends this season, the overall winner from 2013 initially led the pack in race one. On the first lap, Mason passed Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), who had started from pole position, and then benefitted from a long safety car phase. Second place went to Phil House (GB), while Onslow-Cole had to settle for third.
Onslow-Cole drew the short straw in race two as well, with Epps crossing the finishing line first, having last put in an impressive weekend’s racing at Spa (B) with two wins. Third place went to Lucas Orrock (GB). The next two races in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK will be held at Snetterton (UK) on 22 and 23 August.
South African Rally Championship, Port Elizabeth
Four Volkswagen Polo cars in the top ten.
At the fourth event in the South African Rally Championship, four Volkswagen Polos made it into the top ten. The South African duo Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries of Volkswagen Sasolracing finished fifth in the Polo in Port Elizabeth, followed by team-mates Henk Lategan/Barry White (ZA/ZA) and Gugulethu Zulu/Hilton Auffrey (ZA/ZA). Paulus Franken/Henry Kohne (ZA/ZA) won the S1600 class in the Volkswagen Polo and were ranked eighth in the overall classification. The rally was scheduled to include twelve special stages. However, it had to be ended early after the tenth stage due to heavy rainfall. In the overall standings, Gugulethu Zulu/Hilton Auffrey are the top Volkswagen drivers and are currently in fourth. The next event in the South African Rally Championship will be held in Gauteng (ZA) on 14 and 15 August.
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Rostov
Silantyev wins fourth event in Rostov.
Mikhail Silantyev/Sergey Skripka won the fourth event of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The Russian duo won the demanding gravel rally around the Central Russian city of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, in which only two of the six cars that started saw the chequered flag. Yuriy Uryukov/Sergey Volkov (RUS/RUS) were second to cross the line behind Silantyev/Skripka. The rally was held over two days and included many fast passages and demanding jumps. The competitors had to complete a total of six special stages covering a total distance of 80.85 kilometres. The next event in the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia will take place from 7 to 8 August in Vyborg (RUS).
8 Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, East London
Rowe and van der Linde triumph – Hodges new championship leader.
Daniel Rowe (ZA) and Sheldon van der Linde (ZA) each took their place at the top of the podium on the fourth race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa in East London (ZA). Rowe won the opening race, ahead of Mathew Hodges (ZA, + 2.982 seconds) and Shaun La Reservee (ZA, + 3.280 seconds). 16-year-old van der Linde damaged his Polo in race one and failed to finish. This was his first retirement of the season. Van der Linde made amends in race two, coming home just ahead of Hodges (+ 0.858 seconds) and Chris Shorter (ZA, + 1.836 seconds) to clinch victory. Two second places were enough for Hodges to secure the top spot in the championship. The South African now has 199 points to his name, putting him one point ahead of van der Linde. The next races will be held at the Zwartkops Raceway (ZA) on 08 August.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Spa-Francorchamps
Epps unbeatable at Spa-Francorchamps.
Michael Epps was the man of the weekend: the Brit won races nine and ten of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK at Spa-Francorchamps (B). In Friday’s opening race, Epps moved into the lead on lap four and never looked back. He crossed the line first in his Volkswagen Golf GTI, ahead of his team-mates Howard Fuller (GB) and Bobby Thompson (GB). In race two on Saturday, Epps fought his way through the field from sixth place on the grid at the iconic Grand Prix circuit. He took the lead with three laps remaining, before coming home to take the chequered flag ahead of Fuller and Lucas Orrock (GB). Races eleven and twelve will take place at Brands Hatch (GB) from 01 to 03 August.
European Volkswagen Fun Cup, Spa-Francorchamps
Team PVI/M3M wins the 25 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
The PVI/M3M team (Van Impe/Bentchikou/Dupassage/Leenders) tasted success in the European Volkswagen Fun Cup. The team with car number 216 won the 25 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (B) ahead of SPI (Illiano/Ferté/Gervoson, + 3:41.871 minutes) and Colson Racing (Crosset/Gressens/Jacquemin/Soulet, + 1 lap). This was the winning team’s second victory at the 25-hour marathon on the “Ardennes Rollercoaster”, having previously triumphed in 2011. In a race dominated by unsettled weather and twelve safety car phases, Van Impe/Bentchikou/Dupassage/Leenders also had the luck needed in such a marathon race: the Colson Racing team, which eventually finished third, led by a whole lap after 24 hours, until Crosset collided with a slower car and dropped back through the field. In total, 99 cars lined up at Spa-Francorchamps, including Fun Cup teams from Belgium, France, Italy and Great Britain.
Touringcar Racer International Series, Red Bull Ring
Debut win for Volkswagen Golf – Rosell victorious in Austria.
First appearance, first win: The new Volkswagen Golf for the racetrack made its debut in the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR) and promptly claimed its first victory. The Golf run by cooperation partner Liqui Moly Team Engstler triumphed at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Spain’s Pol Rosell won race two, finishing ahead of his compatriots Pepe Oriola (Seat) and Jordi Gené (Seat). Starting from pole position, Rosell defended his lead until the chequered flag at the 4.318-kilometre Grand Prix circuit. Mikhail Grachev (RUS) came sixth in the second Golf.
Rosell finished ninth and Grachev seventh in race one. Victory went to Switzerland’s Stefano Comini (Seat). The racing version in action in Austria is the first such model based on the seventh generation of Volkswagen Golf. The production-based, 330-hp concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR Regulations and is intended to allow Volkswagen to evaluate a possible customer racing programme as of the 2016 season. In order to accelerate the development process, the new Golf will be tested under competitive conditions in the TCR between now and the end of the season. The next races will take place in Singapore from 19 to 20 September, when they will share the bill with the Formula One World Championship.
Volkswagen develops new Golf for the racetrack.
A new powerhouse for the racetrack: Volkswagen Motorsport is developing its first racing car based on the seventh generation Golf. The production-based, 330-hp concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR regulations and is intended to help Volkswagen evaluate a potential customer racing programme from the 2016 season onwards. In order to accelerate the development of the car, the new Golf will be tested under competitive conditions between now and the end of the season: as cooperation partner, the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two cars at the eighth round of the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR) at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.
“The newly created TCR category provides a promising platform for customer racing – on a national and international level. With exciting races, production-based technology and reasonable costs, it offers a new outlook for private racing teams,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “When developing the Golf-based concept car, we are able to fall back on the resources at Volkswagen. This reduces both development time and costs. We will also use the rest of the season to test the car under competitive conditions and evaluate a possible customer racing project from 2016.”
Dynamic appearance: new Golf epitomises racing genes
Visually, the racing genes are clear to see on the Golf developed by Volkswagen Motorsport: 18-inch racing rims, a chassis roughly 40 centimetres wider than that of the production Golf, and a striking rear wing give the Golf a “ready-to-race” look and first-class handling. An aerodynamically designed front splitter and carbon rear wing are also among the modifications for the racetrack. Among the components designed to protect the driver are a racing seat with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and a safety tank in accordance with FIA regulations.
A powerful four-cylinder engine, DSG gearbox with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, a consistently developed racing chassis – even under the bonnet, the new Golf has been meticulously prepared for its outings at the racetrack. Volkswagen Motorsport is developing the car in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT, meaning it can call on SEAT’s experience with the Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group’s production vehicles, the MQB platform also offers many synergies for racing cars and reduces the cost of assembling and running the touring car. The two-litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection comes from the top sporting model, the Golf R. The racing version of this engine generates 330 hp (243 kW) and 410 Nm of torque.
Volkswagen Golf Cup, Lausitzring
Two wins for Kruger in Lausitz.
Jeffrey Kruger (ZA) won both races on the third weekend of the Volkswagen Golf Cup at the Lausitzring (D). The South African led from start to finish on Sunday, coming home ahead of Simon Muhonen (FIN), Dylan Pereira (L) and Marcus Fluch (S). This was Kruger’s third win in a row, having previously won Saturday’s race and race two of the previous race weekend at the Slovakiaring.
16-year-old Piotr Parys (PL), who started from second on the grid, dropped back to fifth by the end of the race. Parys had fared better in the opening race on Saturday, converting his second place on the grid to second place in the race. However, Kruger was in unbeatable form: the man with the number 20 on his Golf came home 4.556 seconds clear of the rest of the field. Third place went to Fluch with Pereira fourth. Kruger leads the overall standings with 228 points, followed by Fluch (202) and Pereira (190). The next races will be held at the Sachsenring (D) from 28 to 30 August.
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Karelia
Arshanskiy wins the “White Nights 2015”.
Yuriy Arshanskiy (RUS) beat off the competition on the third weekend of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The driver from Saint Petersburg won the “White Nights 2015” rally in Karelia after completing twelve Special Stages spanning a total of 139.34 kilometres. Yuriy Uryukov (RUS) finished second, while Artur Muradyan (RUS) and Denis Rostilov (RUS) came third and fourth respectively.
That was the full extent of the rankings because only four of the eight entrants managed to complete the gravel event from Lakhdenpokhya to Sortavala. The next rally, “Rostov 2015”, will be held near the Russian city of Yaroslavl on 18 and 19 July.
South African Rally Championship, Limpopo
Zulu/Auffrey best-placed Volkswagen duo.
Gugulethu Zulu/Hilton Auffrey finished fourth at the “Bela Bela Rally” in Limpopo (ZA) – round four of the South African Rally Championship – making them the best-placed Volkswagen duo. At the end of the ten special stages they came home 2:04.2 minutes behind winners Leeroy Poulter/Elvéne Coetzee (Toyota). The second-best pair in a Volkswagen Polo was Henk Lategan/Barry White, who finished sixth.
The drivers struggled with extremely dusty conditions all weekend, with particularly poor grip levels on sandy parts of the stages. The next event, the “Volkswagen Rally”, takes place in Port Elizabeth (ZA) from 17 to 18 July.
Volkswagen Golf Cup, Slovakiaring
Pereira and Kruger triumph at the Slovakiaring.
Dylan Pereira (L) and Jeffrey Kruger (ZA) bagged a win apiece on the second weekend of the season in the Volkswagen Golf Cup. For Luxembourger Pereira, this was the first victory in the series. Starting from pole position, he won the first race with a lead of 0.397 seconds over Marcus Fluch (S). Michał Gadomski (PL) overtook Kruger at the start and went on to secure third place, ahead of Kruger in fourth.
Kruger hit back in race two: the South African, had already tasted victory on the opening weekend in Oschersleben (D), and finished ahead of Fluch and Pereira to claim win number two. Kruger overtook pole-sitter Pereira on lap one and refused to surrender the lead until he saw the chequered flag. Fluch also passed Pereira to finish runner-up. Race one winner Pereira was third in race two. The Lausitzring (D) hosts the next races on 4 and 5 July.
Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Brands Hatch
Team Racelogic wins in Brands Hatch.
Team Racelogic won the fourth race of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK at Brands Hatch (GB). They came home 3.797 seconds ahead of JPR - Uvio at the end of the four-hour race on the Grand Prix circuit to the south-east of London. Third place went to Team Honeywell (+ 4.568), ahead of JPR – Isla Racing (+ 6.343) in fourth.
One hour into the race, the eventual winners led the race by a little over a second. However, they found themselves in third place and trailing the leaders by over ten seconds at the two and three-hour marks. A fightback in the final hour of the race was ultimately rewarded with the win. With just three minutes of the four hours remaining, the red flag was waved to signal that the race had been suspended due to heavy rain.
Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Magny-Cours
219 TFE wins in Magny-Cours after twelve hours flat-out.
After half a day of flat-out racing, the 219 TFE team clinched victory at the fourth round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France in Magny-Cours (F). The team of Laurent Dub/Clément Dub/Paul Corduan/Yannick Pechard won in sunny conditions, ahead of Defi 6 baticonfort (Julien Suzanna/Julien Menard/Pascal Amand/Ronald Basso). Third place went to the 275 Zosch Groupe Dirob team (Didier Robin/Arnold Robin/Maxime Robin/Jean René Defournoux).
The FC 199 team was also involved in the battle for the lead in the early stages of the race. However, they dropped out of contention shortly before dusk, having suffered damage to their car after colliding with two rivals. The next round promises to be a gruelling test: from 10 to 12 July, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium will host a 25-hour race featuring competitors from all of the Fun Cup series.
Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Port Elizabeth
All good things go by …
Three different winners at the third round of the season: The Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa once again put on an entertaining display of motorsport Port Elizabeth (ZA). Three races were held in one day on the newly-surfaced track, which made conditions extremely slippery. Mathew Hodges won the opening race of the weekend, narrowly defeating Matt Shorter (+ 0.418 seconds) and Juan Gerber (+0.574 seconds).
Victory in race two went to Daniel Rowe, who crossed the finish line just 0.170 seconds ahead of Shaun La Reservee and Sheldon van der Linde. The final race was won by Chris Shorter, with van der Linde and Rowe in second and third. The next round of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa will take place in East London (ZA) on 11 July.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Zandvoort
Allure Team 2 wins twice in Zandvoort.
Allure Team 2 won both races in the second event of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium in Zandvoort (NL). The car of Frédéric Caprasse and Cédric Bollen crossed the finish line as the winner after three hours and a turbulent start including three safety car phases. They secured pole position in qualifying. The car of AC Motorsport 1 finished second trailing by around 1:05 minutes, 8KS Corse Team finished third. The race on Sunday was closer at the top. Allure Team 2 beat the Socardenne Team by just seven seconds, AC Motorsport 1 finished third. Allure Team 2 now leads the overall standings with 186 points ahead of Acome Racing (170) and Allure Team 1 (168). The next event will be held on 20 and 21 June in Magny-Cours (F).
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Pushkinskiye Gori
Lotvinov wins in Pushkinskiye Gori.
On the second Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia round of the season in Pushkinskiye Gori, Ilya Lotvinov from St. Petersburg claimed victory after six special stages with a total of 82.12 competitive kilometres. The St. Petersburg native Denis Rostilov finished second while Yuriy Arshanskiy, who had won the season opener in Moskow, finished in P3 overall.
Of the ten drivers who entered the gravel event nine successfully completed the rally. The next round of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, the “2015 White Nights“, will be held from 26-27 June in the historic Karelien region.
South African Rally Championship, Nelspruit
Two podiums for Volkswagen at the “Secunda Motor Rally”.
Two Volkswagen duos finished on the podium at the third round of the South African Rally Championship, the “Secunda Motor Rally” in Nelspruit. On Saturday, Gugulethu Zulu and Hilton Auffrey finished third in the Volkswagen Polo. Henk Lategan and Barry White had previously finished second in the province of Mpumalanga on Friday.
Victory on both occasions went to the Ford duo of Mark Cronje/Robin Houghton. The next rally – the “Bela Bela Rally” – will take place in Limpopo from 19 to 20 June.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Dijon-Prenois
Belgian joy and rain chaos in Bourgogne.
The team ComToYou with Dominique Bustin/Robert Olivier/François Verbist (B/B/B) clinched its first win during the second weekend of racing in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium in Dijon-Prenois. The trio beat the Allure Team 2 drivers (Bolle/Mondron/Caprasse) in light rain but predominantly dry track conditions on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the first race in Bourgogne, France, was characterised by tough conditions and heavy rain, which made it difficult for the drivers to keep their vehicle on the track. There were five safety car interventions and another accident before the red flag was eventually waved, bringing the race to a premature end. The win was assigned to Sébastien Rhyon/Alix Fraiture (B/B, AC Motorsport 2), followed by Allure Team 1 (Bouvy/Donniacuo/Olivier) in second place and Acome Racing (Nava-Charlier-Vanhakendover) in third place.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Rockingham
Walker-Tully with a double victory in Rockingham.
Jack Walker-Tully (GB) was the man of the moment on Sunday. The local hero scored not just one, but two wins on the second weekend of racing in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK in Rockingham. Walker-Tully won the third race ahead of Joe Fulbrook (GB) and Aaron Mason (GB). Beforehand, he had scored his first ever win in the second race after two years of trying, pipping Mason (GB), Jason Tingle (GB) and overall leader David Sutton (GB) to the post.
Not even the extremely wet conditions and a starting position in the fourth row were able to hold Walker-Tully back. He had already moved up to fourth place by the end of the first lap, and he continued to work his way to the front during the rest of the race. Sutton achieved a commanding start-to-finish victory in the first race on Saturday, to rack up his third win of the season, following two wins at the season opener in Oulton Park. Last year’s champion Joe Fulbrook (GB) came second, followed by Joe McMillan (GB) in third place.
The next races will be held in Silverstone from 30 to 31 May.
Volkswagen Golf Cup, Oschersleben
Victories for Fluch and Kruger in Oschersleben.
Marcus Fluch from Sweden and Jeffrey Kruger from South Africa traded victories at the opening round of the Volkswagen Golf Cup in Oschersleben. Kruger claimed both pole positions, but the South African could do nothing to prevent Marcus Fluch and Michal Gadomski passing him at the start of race one. The race then developed into a thrilling battle for the podium positions before the three drivers crossed the finish line in the same order – Fluch-Gadomski-Kruger.
Kruger took revenge for his defeat in race two, winning ahead of Sweden’s Fluch and German Manuel Fahnauer, who finished sixth overall in last season’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. The next race weekend in the Volkswagen Golf Cup will be held at the Slovakiaring from 19 to 21 June.
ADAC GT Masters, Oschersleben
Former Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup champions impress.
South Africans Kelvin van der Linde and Jordan Lee Pepper proved they are successful on the racetracks of this world when they won the title in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in 2013 and 2014. The Volkswagen alumni have now both impressed with top-ten results for Audi at the opening round of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben.
Pepper, racing alongside Nicki Thiim from Denmark finished eighth in race one, while van der Linde and his German driving partner Stefan Wackerbauer came home sixth in race two. Both van der Linde and Pepper lined up in an Audi R8 LMS ultra for the C. Abt Racing team.
The next race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria from 5 to 7 May.
South African Rally Championship, Nelspruit
Second event, second podium finish for Volkswagen team.
Volkswagen Sasolracing clinched its second podium finish in the second event of the South African Rally Championship, in spite of the very difficult weather conditions. Gugulethu Zulu and Pierre Arries were undeterred by the thick fog and rain at the Sasol Rally around Nelspruit and finished in third place in their Polo S 2000. This is the same position that was taken by Henk Lategan and Barry White for Volkswagen at this year’s opening rally.
These two were within striking distance of the lead at the Sasol Rally too, until an accident on the muddy tracks forced them to abandon all hope of a win on the second day. “We proved how fast the Polo is in these challenging conditions,” said Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport South Africa. “I’m very happy for Gugu and Pierre. They achieved a good result for Volkswagen Sasolracing.”
Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Moskau
Arshansky wins season opener in Moscow.
The new Volkswagen Polo Cup season in Russia got under way with a race win for Yuriy Arshansky in Moscow. Together with his co-driver Mikhail Soskin, the entrant in the Russian and Baltic Rally Championships won the event after eight special stages over a distance of 65.9 kilometres.
More than 15,000 fans made their way to the Olympics grounds in Moscow where the rowing and cycling heats were held in the summer of 1980 in order to watch the traditional Rally Masters Show. And they were offered top-notch entertainment: Arshansky, who hails from St Petersburg, took his Polo in first place ahead of Andrey Vavilin and Dmitry Sokolov.
Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Killarney
Van der Linde one, Hodges one in Killarney.
Sheldon van der Linde and Matthew Hodges each stood at the top of the winners' podium once at the second race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa in Killarney. 15-year-old van der Linde won the first race on the 3.267-kilometre track in the South African province of Western Cape, with an advantage of 3.064 seconds over Matt Shorter. Hodges finished third.
Unlike the first race, the second didn't go so well for van der Linde: Last season's champion suffered transmission problems and collided with Shaun Holtzhausen, and finished the race in only 15th place. Hodges on the other hand was the first to cross the finish line, Daniel Rowe finished second and Trevor Bland was third. The next two races will be held at the Aldo Scribante Race Circuit on 13 June.
Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Dijon-Prenois
Team “Défi 6” unbeatable in Dijon-Prenois.
Team “Défi 6” featuring Julien Menard, Julien Suzanna and Pascal Amand won both races at the second race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun-Cup France at the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois. The French trio won the first race, beating the team “SPEB 1” featuring Jean-Pierre Ruffino, Vincent Roches and Pascal Roger and the “Groupe Lemoine” team featuring the Frenchmen Alain Ferté, Benoît Dupassage and Pierre de Thoisy.
In race two, “Défi 6” pushed the team “tfe” (Laurent Dub/Clément Dub/Paul Corbuan) into second place. The next race weekend will be held at the Circuit du Val de Vienne from 30 to 31 May.
Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Oulton Park
Kick-off in Oulton Park: Sutton twice, McMillan once.
Start-finish victory for David Sutton in Oulton Park (GB) – on Easter Sunday the Brit dominated the first race of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK in his Volkswagen Scirocco. After a starting collision followed and a race interruption, race 1 was shortened to 15 minutes. Not enough time for Aaron Mason (GB) to catch up. The 2013 Champion started from the sixth position, got himself into second and crossed the finish line just 2.290 seconds adrift of Sutton. Howard Fuller (GB) in his Team HARD Golf finished third.
In the second race Joe McMillan (GB) celebrated his maiden Volkswagen Racing Cup victory. Starting in reversed order, Sutton entered the race from the sixth starting position. After just one round, he wound up second but was unable to score against McMillan. Like in the first race, Fuller finished third. Starting the third race from pole position, Sutton got another victory, this time ahead of Fuller and Lucas Orrock (GB).
Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Silverstone
No fuel? No problem! Primrose/Roche win the season opener.
JPR Isla Motorsport was the team to beat at the Volkswagen Fun Cup Great UK in Silverstone. On Saturday, Neil Primrose (GB), who is also the drummer for the rock band „Travis“, and Tom Roche (GB) won the 4 Hours Race 37.665 seconds ahead of Guy Wenham/Zoe Wenham /Stephen Johansen (GB/GB/GB, Geometric). Team Race Logic with Julian Thomas/Nigel Greensall/Jon Tomlinson (GB/GB/GB) finished third.
Still, Primrose/Roche had to work hard for the victory: entering the race from the ninth starting position, the British duo worked its way up to take the lead. After three hours, it lead by one lap when it ran out of fuel. However, Roche made his way into the pits, thus defending his lead. Then Primrose got behind the wheel to secure victory. Round 2 of the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK kicks off in Snetterton (GB) on 20 May.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps
Double victory for Allure Team 2.
Cédric Bollen, Guillaume Mondron and Frédéric Caprasse of Allure Team 2 celebrated a double victory in Spa-Francorchamps (B) to kick off the 2015 Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium season by winning races 1 and 2. On Saturday and in spite of rain, the three Belgians won by 51.883 seconds ahead of their team-mates of Allure Team 1 (Bouvy/Donniacuo/Radet/Piron). The sun was out on Sunday while Bollen/Mondron/Caprasse were not in the mood of handing out any Easter presents as they convincingly cruised to victory by finishing +1,23.167 minutes ahead of Team Acome Racing (Nava/Charlier).
2014 Champions Philippe Crosset, Eric Gressens and Sébastien Jacquemin of Team Colson Racing were hampered by gear box problems and could not finish race 1. The three Belgians finished race 2 seventh. The next round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium will be held in Dijon (F) 01-03 May.