Two reasons to celebrate for Noorani.
Rahil Noorani has claimed the title in the Volkswagen Polo R Cup in India and given himself the greatest of presents on his 24th birthday. At the season finale at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, the Indian recorded third, fourth and second place finishes as he managed to overcome his arch rival Prashanth Tharani.
The first race was won by South African Jeffrey Kruger ahead of his sister Robyn Kruger, who entered the last race meeting of the season as a guest entrant. In the second race Gaurav Mehta was victorious ahead of Jeffrey Kruger and Lee Keshav Gupta. Victory in the third race was again sealed by Jeffrey Kruger with Noorani in second and Kartik Tharani in third place.
Kuun narrowly misses out on podium at season finale.
Enzo Kuun (ZA) and co-driver Douglas Judd (ZA) finished fourth at the “Garden Route Rally” in South Africa. Mark Cronje (Ford) won the final rally of the season, having already sealed overall victory ahead of the “Garden Route”. Kuun/Judd were 2:34.7 minutes behind Cronje in their Polo S2000 after six of the twelve special stages when the rally was brought to a premature end due to poor weather.
The results of the other Volkswagen drivers: Gugu Zulu/Carl Peskin (ZA/ZA) finished sixth, while Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries (ZA/ZA) were ninth. It was a disappointing rally for Henk Lategan/Barry White (ZA/ZA), however. The duo was forced to retire after just one special stage. The “Garden Route Rally” was Lategan’s last outing in the South African Rally Championship. The South African has received a wildcard from the FIA’s “Young Driver Excellence Academy” for next year, and will try his hand on the international scene.
Old school reunion.
Former Formula 1 drivers, Le Mans champions, Touring Cars stars and other motorsport heroes from all corners of the globe descended on Asia for a one-off invitational race. They took to the starting grid in cars from the Chinese Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup to commemorate the 60th running of the Macau Grand Prix in the former Portuguese colony on the coast of the South China Sea. The Dutch Touring Car driver Duncan Huisman took the top spot on the podium for the fifth time in his career.
It's like a school reunion here
"Do you remember at the time…," was the short of sentence, which could be heard frequently in the drivers' enclosure in Macau. Altogether 24 drivers accepted the invitation from Volkswagen and the Grand Prix organiser in the former Portuguese colony located on the edge of the South China Sea. "It's like a school reunion here," the five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro declared. The Italian clinched two Touring Cars race victories in Macau in 1991 and 1992. His winning racing car can even be found in the official Macau Grand Prix museum. In Macau he caught up with many of his former racing colleagues. "And that's just the way it is," laughed former British Touring Car star and winner here in Macau in 1997, Steve Soper. "The older we get the faster we were. At least if you believe all the stories floating around here."
The circuit is unique
The Macau Grand Prix ranks among the classic events in the motorsport world. Future Formula 1 greats such as Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard racked up victories on the street circuit in Formula 3. Meanwhile in the Touring Cars series, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Manfred and Joachim Winkelhock, Frank Biela and World Champions Rob Huff and Yvan Muller are a few of the drivers, who wrote their names in the list of Macau winners. "The circuit is unique," commented Duncan Huisman, who with his four victories, ranks among the most successful Macau drivers. "The lower part, which runs parallel to the harbour is wide and ridiculously quick, a real test of nerves, meanwhile the upper section on the hill in the city, is at times so narrow that only one car can get through. Overtaking at this point is totally out of the question. And then Macau itself, with its endless casinos and flashing neon lights by night… You need to experience it for yourself to believe it. Yet, this is exactly the reason why everyone is so keen to return."
Pole position was secured by the Swiss driver Alain Menu
In qualifying, pole position was secured by the Swiss driver Alain Menu, a Touring Cars specialist with years of experience from the German, British and World Championships. Right behind him was Huisman and the British driver Mike Conway, who won the Formula 3 race in Macau in 2006 and has enjoyed success in the American Indycar Series in recent years. Menu failed to translate his good position on the starting grid into success in the race itself: after Pirro was hit in a narrow passage on the edge of the track, Menu was unable to avoid a collision with the Italian's car. This meant that the race was over prematurely for both drivers. Huisman had taken the lead at the start and drove his car home unhindered to take victory. "My fifth win in Macau, simply amazing," the Dutchman beamed. "Many thanks to Volkswagen and the event organiser, who made my participation in this unique race possible."
Ex-Formula 1 driver and DTM Champion Nicola Larini crossed the line in second place, followed by the two Brits, Mike Conway and Tim Harvey, and Australian ex-Formula 1 driver David Brabham. The drivers who finished third and second in the overall standings of this year's Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup China, the Dane Thomas Fjordbach and Italian Andrea Reggiani, finished here in sixth and seventh positions respectively. The Portuguese driver Ni Amorim came home eighth ahead of Brit Julian Bailey. The Japanese driver Keisuke Kunimoto, F3 Macau winner in 2008, completed the top ten ahead of the reigning Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup China overall champion Bao Jin Long.
Silverwood and Thompson take final victories in the 2013 season.
Mark Silverwood and Lee Thompson wrapped up the 2013 season of the Volkswagen Polo Cup in South Africa with a victory apiece. Mark Silverwood came through ahead of Kosie Weyers and Jordan Pepper in the first race at Kyalami, while Lee Thompson pipped Dewald Brummer and Trevor Bland to the post the second time around.
Nicolaj Møller-Madsen from Germany’s Scirocco R-Cup was a guest entrant in South Africa and finished in 15th and 11th place. Kosie Weyers had already become this year’s champion in the South African Polo Cup before the season final.
Champion Wolk and van Weely win final races at Kyalami.
In the Formula Volkswagen South Africa at Kyalami, the final races of the season were won by the champion Robert Wolk and the ‘vice-champion’ Nicholas van Weely. Both of the races on this former Formula 1 track were decided between the two drivers who are ranked top in the overall standings.
The first time around, it was the champion Wolk who came in first, ahead of runner-up Weely. Victory in the second race was then clinched by van Weely – ahead of Wolk. The third-placed driver in the first race was Werner Scholtz, who now also finishes in third place overall, while Sebastian Lanzetti took third place in the second race.
Bao Jin Long crowned champion in Shanghai.
An ecstatic Bao Jin Long has won this year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China. The Chinese driver only needed one third and one second place at the season finale in Shanghai to win the series. Although his arch-rival Andrea Reggiani (I) put in a better performance this weekend with one win and one second place, Bao Jin Long was more successful throughout the course of the year and finished at the top of the points table with 156 to 150. The first race was won by Thomas Fjordbach, who led from start to finish. The Dane ended the season a strong third overall.
Fekken and Arries third for second round in a row.
Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries claimed their second podium in succession for the Volkswagen Sasolracing team in the South African Rally Championship. As at Western Cape and the Polokwane Motor Rally in Limpopo, the duo came home in third place. However, the fifth place claimed by Enzo Kuun and Douglas Judd was at least as remarkable, after a fantastic comeback.
The Volkswagen duo started back down the field to 17th after a puncture on the opening stage, but then worked its way back into fifth place in difficult conditions. “We embraced the challenge and produced an impressive rally weekend with the Volkswagen Sasolracing team,” said Mike Rowe, head of Volkswagen Motorsport in South Africa. The final round of the season – the Garden Route Rally – takes place on 15th and 16th November.
Mateusz Lisowski is the new champion.
Mateusz Lisowski has secured the Volkswagen Castrol Cup with a win in the final race weekend in Poznan, Poland. The 23-year-old took victory in the first race ahead of Robertas Kupcikas and Maciej Steinhof and as a result was declared champion with one race left to run. Jakub Litwin won the second race ahead of Marcus Fluch by the narrow margin of 0.585 seconds. Lisowski took the championship with an overall points haul of 450, Jan Kisiel was runner-up with 403 points and Litwin finished in third place overall with 398.
Aaron Mason secures the championship and a place in the Scirocco R Cup.
Aaron Mason is the new champion in the Volkswagen Racing Cup. The 32-year-old lost out to Ross Wylie in the first race of the season finale at Britain’s Donington Park. However, second place ahead of Joe Fulbrook in the Golf GTI was enough for the Brit to celebrate the championshp title early in his Volkswagen Scirocco. Mason then made his title even sweeter on Sunday with victory ahead of Martin Depper and Stewart Lines (both driving the Scirocco R).
Mason is not only rewarded with the overall victory in the series: the man from Doncaster will also be allowed to compete in the season finale of the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup in Hockenheim on the 18 and 19 October.
Weyers wins the title in Killarney.
First and second place finishes were enough for Kosie Weyers to celebrate an early championship title success in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The South African drove his Volkswagen Polo to victory in the first race ahead of Dewald Brummer and Matthew Hodges. Brummer crossed the line ahead of the newly-crowned champion in the second race and Hodges again had to settle for third. Championship duo Brummer and Hodges are separated by just six points in the overall standings. The title of championship runner-up will not be decided until the season finale in Kyalami at the start of November.
Wolk becomes champion and is then forced to retire.
Robert Wolk, champion of Formula Volkswagen South Africa, was able to look back on the penultimate race of the season in Killarney, Cape Town with mixed feelings. The 28-year-old South African crossed the finishing line in the first race ahead of Nicholas van Weely, who in turn further strengthened his hold on second spot in the overall classification. Third place went to Chris Shorter.
In the second race Van Weely collided with Wolk, who unlike his opponent was not able to continue and Van Weely eventually won the race. Werner Scholtz was second and Shorter again took third spot. The final two races of Formula Volkswagen South Africa will take place on the first weekend of November in Kyalami.
Kruger wins all three races in Noida.
South African Jeffrey Kruger was the outstanding driver on the third race weekend of the Volkswagen Polo R Cup India. The young man from Johannesburg won all three races at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of the Indian capital Delhi, to extend his overall lead. In race one, Kruger came home more than ten seconds ahead of Rahil Noorani, who was closely followed by Angad Singh Matharoo. In the second race, he was joined on the podium by Prashanth Tharani and Yatin Magu, who both trailed Kruger by over 20 seconds. Race three was a far closer affair: Kartik Tharani crossed the line just five seconds behind Kruger in second place, with Lee Keshav Gupta just seven seconds behind the winner in third.
Title to be decided at the grand finale in Shanghai.
With the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China now coming to a close, the series is producing some of the best high-octane racing action for its fans in the People’s Republic. It could hardly be any more exciting with the championship going down to the wire. At the ninth and tenth races of the season in Sepang, Thomas Fjordbach (DK) collected 35 points to move within five points of the leader Bao Jin Long (CN, 129), whose weekend haul was limited to just 20 points. Third-placed Andrea Reggiani (I) is also lying in wait on 115 points. The title will therefore be decided at the last race weekend of the season in Shanghai. As usual, two races will be staged with points up for grabs.
Third place for Volkswagen Sasolracing
at the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally.
The Volkswagen Sasolracing team were in good spirits after the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, which was staged as part of the South African Rally Championship. Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries (ZA/ZA) took third place driving the Volkswagen Sasolracing Polo S2000. The Volkswagen duo mastered the ten challenging stages covering over 172 competitive kilometres with flying colours. With a dusty, dry track for the Special Stages on the first day, conditions changed overnight after heavy rainfall and the track was transformed into a quagmire. Fekken and Arries in the Polo S2000 opted to drive in a controlled manner, which rewarded them with a podium place in the end.
Two victories for overall leader
Kosie Weyers in Zwartkops .
Kosie Weyers took another big step towards the Volkswagen Polo Cup title by winning both races for the third time this season. Jeffrey Kruger and Mathew Hodges in second and third place respectively could only watch on as Weyers cruised home. Hodges went one better in the next race to come second, whilst Dewald Brummer was third.
Weyers has the chance to wrap up the Championship early at the penultimate race of the season, when the racing series next comes to the Killarney Raceway near Cape Town.
Two first-time winners in Zwartkops –
Robert Wolk becomes new champion.
Second place was enough for Robert Wolk to become the new Formula Volkswagen champion in South Africa. In Zwartkops near Pretoria, Wolk finished the weekend’s first race in second place, before being forced to retire from the second with engine problems. However, he can no longer be caught in the overall standings.
Zwartkops also saw two first-time winners: Chris Shorter picked up his first Formula Volkswagen triumph in Saturday’s race, whilst Werner Scholtz tasted victory on Sunday. The Formula Volkswagen in South Africa will now be taking a short, one-month break, before returning at the Killarney Raceway near Cape Town on 5 October.
Lisowski celebrates start-to-finish victory
in rainy Spielberg .
A victory and a second-place finish extend Lisowski’s lead at the top of the overall standings: Mateusz Lisowski (PL) almost had the perfect race weekend at the Red Bull Ring in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup Poland. Starting from pole in race one, the Championship leader dominated a race marked by several retirements and rainy conditions, collecting his fifth win of the season.
In race two, he ‘only’ managed second place, after being edged out by Maciej Steinhof (PL). Both drivers have previously competed in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. With four races left to go, Lisowski has extended his lead at the top of the overall standings with these impressive results.
First podium for Lategan/White in Gauteng.
Five stage wins on the way to second place; Henk Lategan and Barry White celebrated their first podium finish in the South African Rally Championship. The duo, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo S2000, climbed from fifth into the runner-up spot on day two of the rally in the province of Gauteng.
Gauteng, meaning "Place of Gold" in Sesotho, almost literally yielded gold instead of silver for Lategan/White. However, bad luck on Friday prevented the potential victory. Lategan/White lost ground on day one as a result of tyre damage and a 20-second time penalty. However, with stage times consistently in the top three, including three stage wins, Lategan/White did secure second place overall. Enzo Kuun and Douglas Judd finished sixth in the second Polo S2000.
The next round of the South African Rally Championship takes place on 13 and 14 September in the province of Western Cape in the south west of the country.
Flying Durchman de Bruijn came, saw and conquered.
Nick de Bruijn (NL) conquered all at the Scirocco R-Cup China, securing his first victory of the season in his début race. De Bruijn won the first race in Inje, South Korea ahead of Bao Jin Long (RC), who was once again the best-placed Chinese driver. Thomas Fjordbach (DK) came third. The Dane went on to celebrate victory in the second race of the weekend, finishing ahead of de Bruijn and Bao Jin Long.
Andrea Reggiani (I), who with four victories to his name enjoys a comfortable lead at the top of the standings, had a rather disappointing weekend, only managing to finish fourth and seventh. Even so, he continues to lead the overall standings with 115 points after four of the six race weekends. However, Bao Jin Long (109) and Fjordbach (89) have made up ground on the Italian.
Leader Kruger takes second victory of the season.
In India, Jeffrey Kruger (ZA) defended his lead at the top of the overall standings with victory and a second-place finish during the Volkswagen Polo R-Cup’s second race weekend. In the opening race, the South African guest driver could not find a way past pole-sitter Prashanth Tharani (IND) and had to settle for second place. Rahil Noorani (IND) came third. Although Noorani was the first to cross the line in the second race, he was given a 20-second penalty for a jump start.
As a result, Kruger was handed his second win of the season, finishing ahead of Tharani and Yatin Magu (IND). “I've made the podium in every race so far. That’s given me the motivation to win even more races,” said Kruger. Last year's winner Sandeep Kumar (IND) will be competing against young drivers from across the globe for the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup hosted at the Nürburgring next weekend.
Two second-place finishes: Mason extends lead at the top .
With two second-place finishes at Brands Hatch, Aaron Mason (GB) has extended his lead at the top of the rankings in the British Volkswagen Racing Cup. In the first race, the 33-year-old came home 1.2 seconds behind Nick Beaumont (GB), who in turn celebrated his first win of the season. In the second race on Sunday evening, Mason was beaten by the smallest of margins, as Martin Depper (GB) wrapped up his second success of the campaign with a 0.092-second advantage. Stewart Lines (GB) was third in both races.
Mason, whose tally of fifteen victories is a record in the racing series, takes a comfortable advantage into the last two races of the season taking place at Donington Park on 06 October. Drivers take part in this competition racing with various different Volkswagen models. This weekend, Cup-Sciroccos took all six podium places.
Pepper becomes first female race winner.
The Engen Volkswagen Cup experienced a first this weekend at the Phakisa Freeway. Driving the Volkswagen Polo Vivo, Tasmin Pepper became the first woman to win a race in this racing series. Starting from fourth on the grid, the 23-year-old slowly worked her way up through the field to take the chequered flag ahead of Kosie Weyers and Mathew Hodges.
In the second race of the weekend, Dewald Brummer claimed victory, whilst Durban-based driver Shaun la Reservee took second. Hampered by gearbox problems, Pepper could only finish fourth. The next Engen Volkswagen Cup race will be taking place in Zwartkops, Pretoria on 31 August.
Championship leader Wolk takes full advantage.
The Phakisa Freeway outside of Johannesburg was the perfect venue for Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship action this weekend. In warm conditions, Robert Wolk won both races to extend his lead at the top of the championship. Nicholas van Weely initially managed to keep Wolk at bay in both races.
However, Wolk’s pressure told and van Weely had to settle for second place on both occasions. Christopher Shorter came third in both races. The Formula Volkswagen South Africa Championship will be coming to Zwartkops, Pretoria on 31 August. Fans could see Wolk wrap up the championship there.
South African Kruger makes a strong start.
With victory and a second place finish, Jeffrey Kruger made a dream start in this season’s Volkswagen Polo R-Cup. In the opening race, the South African guest driver could not find a way past Indian pole-sitter Rahil Noorani and had to settle for second place. However, Kruger followed this up with a victory from seventh on the grid, finishing ahead of the impressive Indian rookie Karthik Tharani and Noorani. With four of the five race weekends still to come, Kruger has moved to the top of the overall standings.
Now into its fourth season, the Polo R-Cup has fourteen new racers on board along with the seven drivers from the previous campaign. Last year’s winner Sandeep Kumar (IND) is competing in this season’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Germany with young drivers from across the globe.
Fekken and Arries finish fifth at Volkswagen Rally.
At the fourth race of this season’s South African Rally Championship in Port Elizabeth, Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries (ZA/ZA) were the best Volkswagen pairing with a fifth place finish. Driving the Polo R, the Volkswagen duo came home 5:44.4 minutes behind the winners Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton, who also lead in the overall standings.
Third place went to Giniel de Villiers (ZA), who, whilst driving the Race Touareg with German Dirk von Zitzewitz, secured Volkswagen’s first ever victory at the Dakar Rally in 2009. Volkswagen Sasolracing duo Enzo Kuun and Douglas Judd (ZA/ZA) also made it into the top ten with a sixth place finish. The thousands of spectators that attended over the two days made for a spectacular backdrop at the Volkswagen Rally.
Depper and Lines dominate in the Ardennes .
The two KPM drivers Martin Depper (GB) and Stewart Lines (GB) made their mark on the fifth race weekend of the Volkswagen Racing Cup. Depper triumphed in the first race of the weekend in Spa-Francorchamps in his Scirocco R, just managing to hold off team-mate Lines to claim his first win of the season.
The result was reversed in race two: Lines narrowly defeated Depper. Aaron Mason (GB), who had led both races, finished third and seventh to extend his lead in the overall standings. His closest rival coming into the race weekend, Ross Wylie (GB), opted to line up in the Scirocco R-Cup at the Norisring this weekend rather than travel to Belgium.
“Las Moras Racingteam” wins –
“The Dukes” defend their overall lead .
Zolder (B) hosted the fourth round of the Volkswagen Endurance Cup Netherlands. The 190-hp Golf Vs spent seven hours out on the 4.011-kilometre circuit. The “Las Moras Racingteam” finally emerged triumphant. The five-man team started from pole position and proved to be the fastest car in the field.
Victory in Zolder saw the “Las Moras Racingteam” close the gap on Jan Evers and Henny van Doorn of “The Dukes” team in the overall standings. Second place in Zolder meant “The Dukes” were able to hold onto their lead. They currently have 55 points at the halfway point of the season – just one ahead of the “Las Moras Racingteam” on 54.
Two races, two podium positions: Andrea Reggiani extends overall lead in Ordos.
Andrea Reggiani of Italy has extended his overall lead in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China by making it onto the podium twice in Ordos. Reggiani came second in the first race, behind his fiercest opponent in the championship, Bao Jin Long of China. Third place went to the Dane Thomas Fjordbach, who is one of three Europeans registered in the Chinese Scirocco R-Cup, alongside Reggiani.
Reggiani then pulled ahead of Fjordbach to win the second race, with third place going to Patrick Boulaud of Hong Kong. Bao Jin Long only managed to scrape tenth place in the second race, and with the results of both races put together he has therefore lost further ground against the overall leader Reggiani. Reggiani now has a lead of 19 points – 20 points are awarded for a race victory.
Double victory: Robert Wolk also dominant in East London.
Robert Wolk once again dominated the races in South Africa’s Formula Volkswagen in East London, scoring a comfortable double victory and therefore further improving his impressive victory tally to nine wins in ten races. The outstanding overall leader was followed in both races by his Investchem team colleague Werner Scholtz in second place. Third place in the first race on the Grand Prix circuit was clinched by Chris Shorter, while Rui Campos made it onto the winners’ rostrum in the second race, thereby achieving the best placement of his career in this racing series. Formula Volkswagen features formula racing cars “powered by Volkswagen”. The next races in the series are scheduled for 3 August at Phakisa.
Weyers celebrates sixth season victory and defends overall lead.
Kosie Weyers scored his sixth win of the season and has defended his overall lead in South Africa’s Volkswagen Engen Cup. Starting in pole position, he won the first race of the day in East London in his Polo, followed by Mathew Hodges in second place and Jeffrey Kruger in third. Weyers was then forced to retire from the second race early on, and the race was then won by Mark Silverwood in a photo finish, making it Silverwood’s third win this year.
Hot on his heels were Dewald Brummer, who was a mere 0.021 seconds behind him, and Mathew Hodges in third place. After ten of the season’s races, Weyers now leads overall with 226 points, ahead of Brummer (179) and Hodges (178). The Engen Volkswagen Cup features talented racing drivers who compete in almost identical Polos, for guaranteed racing action.
New overall leader Lisowski triumphs in Poznan.
Two exciting races, brilliant sunshine, thousands of fans, a delighted guest entrant and a new overall leader – this is how the Volkswagen Castrol Cup’s fourth race weekend in Poznan will be remembered. After finishing eighth in the first race, Poland’s Mateusz Lisowski came out on top in Saturday evening’s event. With a third win of the season under his belt, Lisowski has retaken the lead in the Volkswagen Castrol Cup standings from compatriot Jakub Litwin, who finished fifth and third in the two races.
Sweden’s Marcus Fluch was victorious in race one. A famous guest entrant enjoyed a rapturous reception from the crowd: Jerzy Dudek, former Poland national team goalkeeper and Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, crossed the line fifteenth and eighteenth in the two races. “Although I gained some experience in racing, I realize that I’ll never attain the level of the top drivers. Driving in Volkswagen Castrol Cup gives me a lot of fun, and if I’m given the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of Golf GTI again I’ll use it”, said Dudek.
Talented junior Wylie triumphs after fuel misfortune.
Talented junior Ross Wylie was the dominant driver on the fourth race weekend of the British Volkswagen Racing Cup in Snetterton. The 21-year-old triumphed in the second race, finishing 0.7 seconds in front of championship leader Aaron Mason. Wylie also looked odds-on favourite to win the first race, but was overtaken in the final corner by Philip House due to a fuel problem. Wylie did manage to hang on to second place, ahead of Mason, who had started from 16th. Drivers go head to head in different Volkswagen models in the Volkswagen Racing Cup – this time, five of the six podiums went to Cup Sciroccos. Wylie also lines up in this year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, the next round of which takes place at the Norisring from 12th to 14th July.
Kuun/Judd and Lategan/White in the top five.
Volkswagen Sasolracing team produced a strong performance in the third race of the South African Rally Championship. The duos Enzo Kuun/Douglas Judd and Henk Lategan/Barry White took third and fifth respectively in their Volkswagen Polo S2000s. The two-day rally held near Gauteng was staged over ten challenging tests in total.
At the end of the first day, Lategan and White were the fastest duo. Yet a driver error on the eighth stage cost them victory in the end. Kunn and Judd remained in and around fifth place for the entirety of the rally, once again demonstrating their competitiveness. The South African Rally Championship's next race will be up in Eastern Cape on 19 and 20 July.
Italian Reggiani defends his overall lead.
The Italian Andrea Reggiani defended his lead in the overall standings on the second weekend of racing at the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup China and now has 66 points. Following a disappointing sixth place in the first race, Reggiani celebrated his third win in the season’s fourth event on Sunday in Shanghai. The first race was won by the Chinese driver Bao Jin Long, who now has 59 points and is second overall.
The Dane Thomas Fjordbach, who did not compete in the first weekend of racing, also put in a strong performance, taking second place twice and only missing out on first by a narrow margin. This year’s Scirocco R-Cup China consists of six weekends of racing. The next stop is Ordos International Circuit on 29 June.
Mason celebrates a double victory in Silverstone.
Aaron Mason celebrated a double victory at the legendary Silverstone circuit during the third weekend of the British Volkswagen Racing Cup. The 33-year-old took first place for the third and fourth times in his Scirocco R. There have been six races so far this season. His toughest competitor, Joe Fulbrook, only managed to come fourth and fifth in his Golf GTI. Fulbrook was the overall winner in 2008 and 2009.
In the Volkswagen Racing Cup, competitors pit different Volkswagen models against one another. Up-and-coming driver Ross Wylie made it onto the third step of the podium at Silverstone with his Scirocco. He is also competing in this year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, which will make its next stop at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (Austria) this coming weekend.
Kupcikas and Korzeniowski win in Brno.
Robertas Kupcikas from Lithuania and Poland’s Krystian Korzeniowski were the winners on the third race weekend of the Volkswagen Castrol Cup Poland. With the series making taking a trip abroad to Brno in the Czech Republic, Kupcikas won the opening race of the weekend to claim the first victory by a non-Polish driver this year. Foreign guests impressed again in race two: Korzeniowski was joined on the podium by Sweden’s Rasmus Marthen and Marcus Fluch.
Pole Jan Kisiel finished third and fifth to defend his overall lead after three of seven race weekends. Probably the most remarkable performance of the weekend was that of Poland’s Mateusz Lisowski, who won the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup: he fought back from 23rd on the grid to finish the race in sixth place.
Lisowski in a class of his own at the Slovakiaring.
Mateusz Lisowski mastered the second weekend of the Volkswagen Castrol Cup Poland at the Slovakiaring to secure victory in both races after the Pole claimed pole position during qualifying. In both races the 22-year-old beat his biggest opponent Jan Kisiel to the line despite having started the second race from eighth place as per the regulations. Lisowski now has a comfortable lead over Kisiel in the championship classification.
Lategan/White in Mpumalanga finish fourth.
The duo of Henk Lategan and Barry White finished fourth for the Volkswagen Sasol Racing Team in the second round of the South African Rally Championship. The event, held in Mpumalanga, was hit by strong rainfall, causing two of the 15 special stages to be cancelled and forcing extremely tough conditions on the drivers, who fought to keep their cars on the road.
Thus there were a host of incidents and numerous damaged tyres. Lategan, just 18 years of age, even won the last special stage with his Polo, a remarkable achievement given the adverse conditions. The next round of the South African Rally Championship takes place on 31 May/1 June.
Lisowski wins opening race in Castrol Cup.
Mateusz Lisowski converted pole position into victory in the opening race of the Volkswagen Castrol Cup. The former champion of the Scirocco R Cup won in Posen, ahead of fellow Pole Jakub Litwin and Robert Kupcikas from Lithuania. The fastest woman in a field of over 20 was Klaudia Podkalicka in 15th place.
Impressive start for Kosie Weyers in the Volkswagen Cup-Polo.
Kosie Weyers is currently the man to beat at the Volkswagen Engen Cup in South Africa. Two rounds into the 2013 season, Weyers (Engen Primax), at the wheel of the Volkswagen Cup-Polo, already holds a commanding 27-point lead over second-placed Shaun La Reservée (Alpine Motors/Compendium Insurance). Weyers laid the foundation for his success so far at the season-opener in Johannesburg at the end of February, when he clinched victory in race two.
Last weekend, Weyers continued his impressive start to the season with another two wins at the Killarney Race Track in Cape Town. The third round of the Polo Cup South Africa takes place at the Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth on 6th April.