2016 Season

Monday, 05/12/2016


Global Touring Cars South Africa, East London

Volkswagen drivers Rowe and Hodges win races at the final in East London.

One win and one second place – Volkswagen driver Daniel Rowe has brought the Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC) season to a successful close. Volkswagen Golf GTI driver Rowe, who had clinched the title in the GTC Production Championship with one round in hand during the previous weekend of racing in Zwartkops, came home second in the first race in East London and went on to win race two.

Mandla Mdakane (Volkswagen Golf GTI) finished second overall in this category with two fourth places. Mathew Hodges (Volkswagen Jetta GTC) celebrated his first GTC win in race one and holds third place overall in the GTC category.


GTI Challenge South Africa, Killarney

Morgan, du Toit and Thompson win championship titles.

The champions have been confirmed in the GTI Challenge South Africa: Bryan Morgan had already claimed the Group C title in the Golf I GTI on the previous race weekend, and now Nian du Toit (Jetta III) and Eden Thompson (Golf I GTI) have secured the titles in classes A and B at the finale in Killarney. The 2016 season has now come to an end. The popular race series will restart at the Killarney Motor Racing Circuit in Cape Town, in February 2017.

Monday, 28/11/2016


Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa

Shorter crowned champion with a one-point lead.

Chris Shorter (ZA) is the new champion of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. Fourth place in race one and third place in race two at the season finale in Zwartkops (ZA) was all Shorter needed to win the championship. It was an extremely close-run thing, however: Shorter beat his team-mate from Signature Motorsport – Bradley Liebenberg (ZA) – into second place by a single point. Keagan Masters (ZA) finished the season third, meaning that three drivers from the same team claimed the top three spots in the final standings for the first time in the 20-year history of the series. The races in Zwartkops were won by Shaun La Reservee (ZA) and Trevor Bland (ZA).


Global Touring Cars South Africa

Rowe claims championship title with two wins in Zwartkops.

Two wins to clinch the title: Daniel Rowe (ZA) won both races during the penultimate weekend of the Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC) in Zwartkops (ZA), securing the championship title early. “I'm very happy right now,” said Rowe. “This is my first national motorsport title and I’m really grateful that I won it for Volkswagen.” Rowe dominated the GTC in his Volkswagen Golf GTI from the very first race of the season. The last two races of the 2016 season will take place this coming weekend (3 December) in East London (ZA).

Monday, 31/10/2016


Volkswagen Racing Cup UK

Scirocco driver House crowned champion.

Phil House won the title in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK. The Brit won race three of the season finale at Brands Hatch in a Volkswagen Scirocco. House had previously finished runner-up in the opening race behind Jamie Bond (Golf). Tom Witts (Golf) finished second overall in the championship: the British driver won race two and came home second behind House in race three.


Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe

Netcom by Allure takes the title, Bustin by DN’s victorious at season finale.

Second place at the season finale in Mettet was enough for the Netcom by Allure team to take overall victory in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe. Victory in the ten-hour race at the Circuit Jules Tacheny went to the Bustin by DN’s team – with a lead of almost 10 seconds over the second-placed car. The Conceptexpo by Milo team finished third.

Monday, 24/10/2016


Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Kyalami

Brotherly sharing: wins for Chris and Matt Shorter in Kyalami.

Two brothers, two winners: Chris and Matt Shorter (both ZA) each won one race during the penultimate weekend of racing in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. Chris Shorter won the first race in Kyalami (ZA) ahead of Keagan Masters (ZA) and his brother Matt. In the second race, Matt Shorter crossed the line first after eight laps, followed by Chris, with Juan Gerber (ZA) coming third. The finale of this popular series will take place on 26 November in Zwartkops (ZA).


Global Touring Cars, Killarney

A podium place with Volkswagen: Nathan finishes third in the Jetta.

Graeme Nathan (ZA) has given Volkswagen a podium finish in the Global Touring Cars Championship (GTC). The South African crossed the line third in the second race at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (ZA) at the wheel of his Volkswagen Jetta. In the first race, Mathew Hodges (ZA) finished fourth, making him the fastest Volkswagen driver, while Nathan took fifth place in this leg. Gennaro Bonafede (ZA, BMW) won both of the races in Kyalami. The next events will be held in Zwartkops (ZA) on 26 November.


Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Nogaro

TFE wins the final in Nogaro.

Team TFE claimed victory on the last weekend of racing in the 2016 season of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France. The team consisting of Laurent Dub/Clément Dub/Hugo Chevalier/Paul Corduan (all F) won through against Defi Performance and Groupe Lemoine at the final in Nogaro (F) in an extremely close finish: after eight hours of racing at Circuit Paul Armagnac, there was just ten seconds between the top three teams. The final championship positions for the 2016 season will be announced at a later date due to checks.

Monday, 17/10/2016


GTI Challenge, Killarney

Weyers and du Toit win after spectacular show.

Kosie Weyers and Nian du Toit put on a spectacular show at the GTI Challenge race weekend at the Killarney circuit, fighting it out between themselves for victory in both races. Weyers, at the wheel of a Golf I GTI, benefited from the fact that du Toit had to start the first of the two races from the pit lane in his Jetta. Despite this, du Toit still managed to fight his way back to finish second. Race two was no less exciting: this time, du Toit had his nose in front, crossing the finish line just 0.8 seconds ahead of Weyers to take victory.

Monday, 10/10/2016


VAG Trophy UK, Castle Combe

Taylor crowned champion, Witts claims a double win in Castle Combe.

A cool head allowed Paul Taylor (GB) to sweep to victory in the championship, making him the new holder of the VAG Trophy. The Golf driver claimed the title ahead of his biggest championship rival, Darron Lewis (GB, Golf), at the season finale held at the Castle Combe Circuit (GB) by finishing fifth in the first race and taking second place in race two. Lewis came third in both of the races in Wiltshire. “It feels really good,” says Taylor. “I lost it by one point last year so to come back this year is great and that last race put a real mark on it.” Both races in Castle Combe were won by the Scirocco driver Tom Witts (GB).


Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Oulton Park

JPR Uvio named new champion while Sherardize UK wins the final.

The JPR Uvio team has clinched the championship in the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK. Eleventh place in the four-hour race in Oulton Park (GB) was enough for the pairing of Graham Roberts/Farquini Deott (GB/I) to win the title. The final race in the popular series was won by the Sherardize UK team. CCS Media crossed the line second after 99 laps with a gap of 0.103 seconds and DespatchBay.com finished third.

Tuesday, 04/10/2016


Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Greater Noida

Dodhiwala wins the title – Jhabakh best rookie.

Ishaan Dodhiwala (IND) has secured the championship title in this year’s Volkswagen Vento Cup India by winning the final race of the season held at the Buddh International Circuit near Delhi (IND). Karminder Pal Singh (IND) won the decisive race but Dodhiwala’s second place was enough to beat him in the championship as he had started into the weekend with an advantage of 32 points. Meanwhile, Jeet Jhabakh (IND) became rookie of the year. He finished 13th out of 18. 


Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Pskow

Palkin wins round five of the season.

Pavel Palkin (RUS) is the winner of Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia’s fifth round. Near the city of Pskov in the northeast of Russia, Palkin took victory after nine special stages and 100.70 competitive kilometres on a mix of tarmac and gravel. Yuriy Uryukov and Aleksander Bukhantsov (both RUS) finished second and third, respectively.


Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Lédenon

Défi Bâticonfort and Zosh win in Lédenon.

The two teams Défi Bâticonfort and Zosh have won the races of round eight of this year‘s Volkswagen Fun Cup France. Two races had to be completed at the race track of Lédenon, each three and a half hours long. Défi Bâticonfort won the first race ahead of the TFE team, Zosh finished third. Later, the Zosh team won the second race, followed by Défi Bâticonfort and TFE. The final race of the 2016 Fun Cup France will be held in Nogaro (F) from 22 to 23 October.


Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Colmar-Berg

Allure and Learder Racing 1 win in Luxembourg.

Netcom by Allure Team and Learder Racing 1 secured both wins at the fourth race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium. Netcom won the first three-hour race ahead of AC Motorsport 2 and Learder Racing 1 on the racetrack in Colmar-Berg (L). In the second race, which also lasted three hours, Learder Racing 1 won, followed by AC Motorsport 2. The Bustin by DNS team clinched the final spot on the podium. The next Fun Cup Belgium races will be held in Assen (NL) on 22 and 23 October.

Monday, 26/09/2016


Volkswagen Engen Cup South Africa, Killarney

Liebenberg and La Reservee victorious in Killarney.

Bradley Liebenberg (ZA) and Shaun La Reservee (ZA) won the three Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa races at the track in Killarney (ZA). Liebenberg first secured pole position for race one and then went on to bring home a commanding start-finish victory. In race two he was forced to surrender to La Reservee, and finished second. Third place went to Matt Shorter (ZA). In the third and final race, Liebenberg fought back and crossed the finish line in the Volkswagen Polo ahead of La Reservee and Keagan Masters (ZA). 


Global Touring Cars, Killarney

Rowe and Hodges make it into the top five.

Daniel Rowe (ZA) and Mathew Hodges (ZA) secured spots in the top five for Volkswagen at the third Global Touring Cars (GTC) race weekend in Killarney (ZA). A total of three races were held on the 3.2-kilometre track just outside Cape Town. In the first race, Rowe in the Volkswagen Golf GTI crossed the finish line in fifth place. In the second race, Hodges in the Volkswagen Jetta secured sixth place, followed by Rowe in seventh. In the third race, Rowe finished in fifth place, while Hodges was the eighth driver to see the chequered flag. The race weekend was dominated by Michael Stephen (ZA). The Audi driver won two of the three races. Gennaro Bonafede (ZA) also won in the BMW. The next GTC races will be held in Kyalami (ZA) on 22 October. 


Japanese Formula 3, Sugo

Mardenborough finishes second overall.

With three second places at the season finale of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in Sugo (J), Volkswagen driver Jann Mardenborough (GB) clinched second place overall in the championship. Until recently, the 25-year-old was in with a chance of winning the title, but ended up being narrowly defeated by Kenta Yamashita (J), with a deficit of three points. And there was no beating Yamashita on the 3.737-kilometre track: He won all three races.


Japanese Formula 3, Sugo

Mardenborough finishes second overall.

With three second places at the season finale of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in Sugo (J), Volkswagen driver Jann Mardenborough (GB) clinched second place overall in the championship. Until recently, the 25-year-old was in with a chance of winning the title, but ended up being narrowly defeated by Kenta Yamashita (J), with a deficit of three points. And there was no beating Yamashita on the 3.737-kilometre track: He won all three races.


Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Colmar-Berg

Allure and Learder Racing 1 win in Luxembourg.

Netcom by Allure Team and Learder Racing 1 secured both wins at the fourth race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium. Netcom won the first three-hour race ahead of AC Motorsport 2 and Learder Racing 1 on the racetrack in Colmar-Berg (L). In the second race, which also lasted three hours, Learder Racing 1 won, followed by AC Motorsport 2. The Bustin by DNS team clinched the final spot on the podium. The next Fun Cup Belgium races will be held in Assen (NL) on 22 and 23 October.

Monday, 19/09/2016


British Touring Car Championship, Silverstone

Top ten result for Volkswagen driver Smith.

Aron Smith of the BKR team was the best-placed Volkswagen driver at the ninth race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The Irishman claimed a top-ten result in the Volkswagen CC, finishing sixth in race one at the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Smith came home 24th in race two at the “Home of British Motor Racing” but was forced to retire on lap seven of race three. Smith recently caught the eye at the end of August when he fought back from 21st on the grid to clinch an impressive win in Rockingham. The BTTC is back in action on 1 and 2 October, when the lights go green at the season finale at Brands Hatch.

Monday, 12/09/2016


Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Donington Park

Witts wins twice, House once at Donington Park.

Tom Witts and Phil House were the winners at the penultimate race weekend of the 2016 season in the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK. Witts came home first in his Volkswagen Scirocco in races one and three in Donington Park. Howe, also at the wheel of a Scirocco, won race two.

Toby Davis (Golf) and Peter Barrable (Golf) completed the podium after race one, which was held in dry conditions. Race two saw Witts finish runner-up, with Bobby Thompson (Polo) third. Thompson came home second in race three, while Simon Rudd (Golf) joined him and winner Witts on the podium. House (488 points) leads Witts (457) by 31 points going into the grand finale at Brands Hatch on 29 October.


Global Touring Cars, Port Elizabeth

Third place for Volkswagen driver Hodges.

Matthew Hodges was the best-placed Volkswagen driver on the second race weekend of the Global Touring Cars (GTC) series in Port Elizabeth. The South African, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Jetta, finished third to claim a spot on the podium in race two. Hodges came home sixth in races one and two in extremely wet conditions at the Aldo Scribante Race Circuit. Graeme Nathan (Volkswagen Jetta) was fourth in race three. Victories in Port Elizabeth went to Audi driver Michael Stephen. The next races will be held in Cape Town on 24 September.


Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Okayama

Volkswagen driver Takaboshi wins in Okayama, Mardenborough with one hand on title.

Celebrations in Okayama: Volkswagen driver Mitsunori Takaboshi tasted success in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship. The Japanese won race two at the former Formula One circuit. A further two Volkswagen youngsters also claimed top ten results, in the form of Ye Hongli in sixth and Jann Mardenborough in eighth place. Takaboshi finished runner-up in the opening race, just 0.552 seconds behind winner Kenta Yamashita (Toyota) after 18 laps of racing. Mardenborough narrowly missed out on a podium finish in race one, coming home fourth. Hongli was seventh. Mardenborough (88 points) leads the overall standings with three races remaining, followed by Yamashita (80).


Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Saint Petersburg

Palkin wins in Saint Petersburg.

Pavel Palkin was successful on the fourth race weekend of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The man from Moscow won the rally in the region around the Russian metropolis Saint Petersburg, finishing ahead of his compatriot Evgeny Malakhov. The event was held on gravel and asphalt, with the drivers taking on nine special stages and a total of 85.82 kilometres against the clock.


Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Le Castellet

Team TFE wins scorcher in Le Castellet.

Team TFE won round seven of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup France in Le Castellet. The team’s number 219 car triumphed in the eight-hour race at the Circuit Paul Ricard, coming home ahead of the Défi Baticonfort and Milo Racing teams. Scorching temperatures in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region ensured there were plenty of beads of sweat under the drivers’ helmets. The next race weekend will take place from 30 September to 02 October in Lédenon and features two races, each of which is three and a half hours in length.

Monday, 29/08/2016


Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Chennai

Dodhiwala and Singh victorious in Chennai.

Ishaan Dodhiwala took a big step towards overall victory in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. The Indian bagged a brace of race wins at the Madras Motor Race Track on the outskirts of Chennai, and was only defeated in one race. Dodhiwala was beaten by his compatriot Karminder Pal Singh in race one. Third place went to Aditya Vijay Pawar. Race two saw Dodhiwala take his place on the top step of the podium, where he was joined by Dhruv Behl and Niranjan Todkari. Singh finished runner-up behind Dodhiwala in the final race, with Todkari again taking the final spot on the podium. The next races in the Vento Cup India will take place from 16 to 18 September in Greater Noida.


Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Report Silverstone

JPR UVio wins four-hour race in Silverstone.

The JPR UVio team won race number five of this season’s Volkswagen Fun Cup UK in Silverstone (GB). The number 225 car started from last on the grid, but worked its way through the field in a race dominated by showers to cross the finish line in first place after four hours – 158 laps – of racing. The runners-up from the Torque 2 Rent Dominos team came home over a minute behind the winners, with the CCS Media team over a lap back in third place. The next race in the Fun Cup UK will take place on Anglesey (GB) on 24 September.


British Touringcar Championship, Rockingham

Smith fights back to take victory.

Aron Smith (IRL) claimed an impressive victory at the eighth race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in Rockingham. Smith started race three from down in 21st place in the Volkswagen CC, but launched a stunning fightback, during which he benefitted from three safety car phases. Smith successfully fended off the attacks of two double BTCC champions, Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington (both GB), throughout the entire race and eventually crossed the finish line 0.400 and 0.572 seconds clear of his rivals. Silverstone (GB) hosts the next round of the British Touring Car Championship on 17 and 18 September.

Monday, 22/08/2016


Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Chennai

Dodhiwala and Singh victorious in Chennai.

Ishaan Dodhiwala took a big step towards overall victory in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. The Indian bagged a brace of race wins at the Madras Motor Race Track on the outskirts of Chennai, and was only defeated in one race. Dodhiwala was beaten by his compatriot Karminder Pal Singh in race one. Third place went to Aditya Vijay Pawar. Race two saw Dodhiwala take his place on the top step of the podium, where he was joined by Dhruv Behl and Niranjan Todkari. Singh finished runner-up behind Dodhiwala in the final race, with Todkari again taking the final spot on the podium. The next races in the Vento Cup India will take place from 16 to 18 September in Greater Noida.


Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Motegi

Mardenborough at the double: Volkswagen driver wins twice in Motegi.

Two races, two wins – young Volkswagen driver Jann Mardenborough tasted success twice in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship. The Brit won both race one and race two in Motegi. A further three Volkswagen driver finished in the top ten in the opening race, which was held in difficult rainy conditions: Mitsunori Takaboshi (7.), Ye Hongli (8.) and Tairoku Yamaguchi (9.). In race two, this time in dry conditions, Hongli finished fourth to narrowly miss out on a place on the podium. Takaboshi was eighth, Yamaguchi ninth.


Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Zolder

Netcom by Allure Team wins in Zolder.

The Netcom by Allure Team won round five of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium in Zolder. The team was involved in a thrilling battle with the Conceptexpo by Milo Racing team for long stretches of the race at the former Grand Prix circuit, but eventually crossed the finish line 10.937 seconds ahead of their rivals. The Socardenne by Milo team finished just 1.5 seconds back in third place. The next round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium will take place from 24 to 25 September at the Circuit Goodyear in Luxemburg.

Wednesday, 10/08/2016


Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Zwartkops

Brand and Liebenberg triumphant in Zwartkops.

Bradley Liebenberg and Trevor Bland won the two races at the fifth race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup in South Africa. The spectators at the 2.4-kilometre track in Zwartkops were treated to spectacular races, as usual. The first race got off to a turbulent start. Several Volkswagen Polos were involved in an accident at the start, which caused the race to be abandoned and restarted.

 

Liebenberg, who started the race in second place behind Shaun La Reservee delivered the strongest performance after the restart and ended up winning with an advantage of around two seconds over Bland. Keagan Masters finished third. Then it was the other way around in race two: Bland was first to cross the finish line, 1.2 seconds ahead of Liebenberg. La Reservee clinched third place. The next races in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa will be held in Killarney on 24 September.


Global Touring Cars South Africa, Zwartkops

Two Jettas in second place.

Two Volkswagen drivers finished on the podium at the season opener of the Global Touring Cars (GTC) touring car series in South Africa. At the Zwartkops racetrack, Matthew Hodges in the Volkswagen Jetta finished the first race in second place. The race was won by Audi driver Michael Stephen, Gennaro Bonafede in the BMW was third. Graeme Nathan (Volkswagen Jetta) finished the first race in fourth place.

 

Another Jetta driver finished on the podium in the second race. Nathan crossed the finish line in second place, followed by Bonafede and brand colleague Daniel Rowe in the Golf GTI. The next GTC races will be held in Killarney on 24 September.

Monday, 08/08/2016


Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Rally Vyborg

Bukhantsov wins the Rally Wyborg.

Aleksandr Bukhantsov (RUS) won the third race of the season in the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The Russian won the 81.2-kilometre Rally Vyborg in the Russian oblast of Leningrad. Over two days, the participants had to master eight special stages on demanding gravel routes. Bukhantsov eventually came out on top, finishing ahead of his compatriots Evgeny Malakhov in second place and Anatoly Scherbak in third.

 

The next round of the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia will take place from 15 to 17 September in the region around Saint Petersburg (RUS). 


Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Snetterton

House moves into the overall lead.

Phil House (GB) moved to the top of the overall standings at the fifth race weekend of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK. House, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Scirocco, emerged from a thrilling battle with pole-sitter Dennis Strandberg (S) to take victory in the first of the two races at the 4.81-kilometre circuit in Snetterton (GB). Rob Allum (GB, Golf) completed the podium.

 

House also had every reason to celebrate in race two: third place saw him wrest the championship lead from Bobby Thompson (GB), who finished outside the points. Victory in race two went to Tom Witts, ahead of Kenan Dole (both GB, both Golf). The next race weekend of the Racing Cup UK will be held in Donington (GB) on 10 and 11 September.


VAG Trophy, Snetterton

Strandberg grabs his first brace.

Dennis Strandberg won twice in Snetterton (GB) in the VAG Trophy. The Swede dominated from start to finish to win race one, seven seconds clear of Darelle Wilson (GB) in second place. Third place went to Kenan Dole (GB), who had been embroiled in a fascinating battle for second with Wilson for long stretches of the race.

 

Race two went down to the wire. Paul Taylor (GB) and Wilson were scrapping for the win going into the final corner. However, they then collided, opening the door for Strandberg to charge through and take victory in the final few metres. Oulton Park (GB) hosts the next races in the VAG Trophy on 20 August.


GTI Challenge South Africa, Killarney

Du Toit wins both races in Killarney.

Nian du Toit (ZA) made his mark on the GTI Challenge race weekend at the Killarney circuit in South Africa. He won both races in the Volkswagen Jetta. Du Toit started race one from pole position and soon pulled clear of the field, ultimately finishing two seconds clear of Jano van der Westhuizen (ZA, Polo) and Mario Roux (Polo).

 

Race two also went to du Toit, again ahead of van der Westhuizen. The GTI Challenge returns to the racetrack in Killarney for its next races on 3 September. 

Monday, 18/07/2016


Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Chennai

Desouza, Dodhiwala and Todkari win in Chennai.

Three races, three different winners – Keith Desouza, Ishaan Dodhiwala and Niranjan Todkari won the three races that formed the second race weekend of the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. Desouza won the opening race in Chennai, ahead of Todkari and Karminder Singh. In race two, Dodhiwala clinched victory in the final few metres. Guest starter Li Huwei from China had led the race, but made a mistake on the final lap. Despite temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius, Dodhiwala kept a cool head to take full advantage. Third place went to Sirish Chandran. The third race was less spectacular: Todkari dominated to take a fine win – his first in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India. Desouza and Dodhiwala came home second and third.


Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Fuji

Double success for Volkswagen drivers Mardenborough and Chiyo in Fuji.

Two wins for young Volkswagen drivers –Jann Mardenborough and Katsumasa Chiyo both claimed one victory apiece in races nine and ten of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship in Fuji. Mardenborough won race one, with Chiyo the second-best Volkswagen driver in fourth place. The same two youngsters then went on to claim a one-two in race two: Chiyo crossed the finish line first after 21 laps, followed by Mardenborough. The other two Volkswagen drivers, Ye Hongli and Tairoku Yamaguchi, also scored valuable points, finishing seventh and tenth in race two.

Tuesday, 12/07/2016


Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Spa-Francorchamps

Monday, 11/07/2016


Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe, Spa-Francorchamps

Netcom by Allure wins the 25 Hours of Spa.

The Netcom by Allure team won the ultimate endurance race in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe, the “25 Hours of Spa”. 122 cars and 555 drivers from 24 countries were in action at the iconic Grand Prix circuit in the Ardennes, Belgium. The participants produced some thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing on the seven-kilometre track. Incidents resulted in the field being neutralised 45 times in total. The winning team eventually came home 2:57.862 minutes ahead of the Petrolheads team, while AC Motorsport came home three laps behind the winners in third place.


Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Opotschka

Palkin wins Rally 900 Lakes.

Pavel Palkin (RUS) is the winner of the second event in the Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia. The man from Moscow finished ahead of Vadim Mescheryakov (RUS) and Yuriy Uryukov (RUS) at the Rally 900 Lakes near the Russian city of Opotschka. The gravel rally consisted of six special stages and 83.01 kilometres against the clock. The next rally will take place in Wyborg (RUS) from 5 to 6 August.


GTI Challenge, Killarney Raceway

Van der Westhuizen wins Class A.

The fifth race weekend of the GTI Challenge once again produced the very best in the way of door-to-door battles and motorsport action. In Class A, Nian du Toit (Jetta) won the opening race at the Killarney Raceway (ZA). Joseph “Jano” van der Westhuizen (Polo) was victorious in difficult wet conditions in race two. The first Class B victory of the weekend went to Eden Thompson (Golf I GTI), with Jacques Geldenhuys (Golf II GTI) winning the second race. Ebrahim Levy (Golf I GTI) dominated Class C, winning both races. The series returns on 6 August, when the Killarney Raceway once again hosts round six of the GTI Challenge.

Monday, 20/06/2016


Volkswagen Vento Cup India, Coimbatore

Dodhiwala and Pal Singh win at season-opener.

Ishaan Dodhiwala and Karminder Pal Singh (both IND) won the first two races of the season in the Volkswagen Vento Cup India in Coimbatore. Dodhiwala led from start to finish to take victory in race one at the circuit in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This was his maiden win in the Vento-Cup. In hot and humid conditions, with temperatures above 30 degrees, he held off the challenge of Pal Singh and Keith Desouza. Pal Singh was to have his moment in race two. Heavy rain transformed the track into an ice rink. Singh made the most of the conditions to come home ahead of Dodhiwala and Aditya Pawar in second and third place respectively. Chennai (IND) hosts the next round of the Volkswagen Vento Cup India from 15 to 17 July.

Monday, 13/06/2016


Volkswagen Racing Cup Great Britain, Silverstone

Thrilling duel: House holds off Thompson. 

Phil House (GB) defeated Bobby Thompson (GB) in a thrilling battle to win race six of the Volkswagen Racing Cup UK. House, who started the race from pole position in his Scirocco, spent much of the race fending off attacks from House in his Polo. In the end, just 0.75 seconds separated the two cars after a captivating race, which was made all the more dramatic by heavy rain. “The track conditions were extremely tricky.

They were perhaps the worst opening laps of my career. It was crazy how much water was on the track. Bobby (Thompson) was extremely quick. He was on my heels the entire time, but it was a clean and fair race,” said House. The second race of the weekend fell victim to the poor weather. Rain made it impossible to start the race, making House the weekend’s only winner. Thompson now leads House by just six points in the overall standings. 


Volkswagen Fun Cup Great Britain, Snetterton

Deott and Roberts claim first win of the season in Snetterton.

Farquini Deott (I) and Graham Roberts (GB) claimed their first win of the season in the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK in Snetterton. The Italian/British duo from the JPR-UVio team overcame the ever-changing track conditions to cross the finish line ahead of a strong field after six hours of racing at the iconic, 3.123-kilometre circuit in the southwest of England. The Volkswagen Fun Cup UK now takes a short summer break before it returns with round four – a four-hour race in the Mecca of British motorsport, Silverstone.


Volkswagen Fun-Cup France, Magny-Cours

Team TFE wins the twelve-hour race in Magny-Cours

Eight hours poised to pounce eventually paid off for the TFE team. The fifth race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France saw the French quartet of Clément and Laurent Dub, Paul Corduan and Gregory Sevais win the twelve-hour race in Magny-Cours (F).

With the weather causing unsettled track conditions at the ex-Formula One circuit, the TFE team spent two thirds of the race hot on the heels of the leading car. They then pounced to take victory when the leaders hit a slower car. Second place went to the Forzamargo team, while DNS Racing finished third. A real marathon awaits the Fun Cup teams at the next round of the season, in the form of the 25 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (B) from 07 to 10 July.

Monday, 06/06/2016


Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa

Liebenberg, La Reservee and Shorter win in Port Elizabeth.

Three winners at the third race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa: At the Aldo Scribante Race Circuit, the 17-year-old South African Bradley Liebenberg as well as Shaun La Reservee and Chris Shorter each won one race. In the first race on the 2.480-kilometre racetrack near Port Elizabeth, Liebenberg won ahead of Chris Shorter and Keagan Masters after eight laps.

In the second race it was La Reservee who triumphed, after winning at the Killarney Motor Racing Circuit at the last race weekend. Masters and Juan Gerber finished in second and third in the second race in Port Elizabeth. Race three went to Shorter, who crossed the finish line with an advantage of 0.245 seconds over Liebenberg. Masters finished third in this race. The next races will be held at the Prince George Circuit in East London on 09 July.

Tuesday, 31/05/2016


Volkswagen Racing-Cup Großbritannien, Oulton Park

Monday, 30/05/2016


Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Zandvoort

Allure Team bags brace of wins.

The Volkswagen Allure Team could not have hoped for a better third race weekend. Drivers Cédric Bollen and Frédéric Caprasse bagged the Belgian racing team an impressive brace of wins in Zandvoort. Another Belgian outfit, the Bustin team, finished runner-up on both occasions. The fans were treated to some spectacular racing in dry and sunny conditions, particularly in the first of the two races.

The Allure, Bustin and AC Motorsport teams scrapped for every second at the start of the race, before Caprasse was able to pull away from and take victory. Allure were joined on the podium by the Bustin and AC Motorsport 1 teams. The podium had a similar look to it after race two: Bustin once again followed Allure home. Third place this time went to Leader Racing. The two-seater races were won by the Trendy Foods Monster and CBRS teams.

Monday, 23/05/2016


Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Le Mans

Baticonfort wins eight-hour race in Le Mans.

 

Victory clinched on the final lap: Defi Baticonfort was successful on the fourth race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France. The team, with drivers Pascal Amant/Julien Menart/Julien Suzanna (all F), won the eight-hour race in Le Mans (F) with an overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap, which saw them leapfrog ahead of Zosh Groupe Dirob and its drivers Didier Robin/Arnold Robin/Maxime Robin/Jean René Defournoux (all F). The AC Motorsport team of Arnaud Quédé/Stéphane Perrin/Martin Leburton (all F) came home third.

An exciting and eventful race, with eight safety car phases, developed in wet conditions on the famous racetrack in the northwest of France. This was the second victory in a row for Defi Baticonfort: the team was also successful at the last race weekend in Dijon-Prenois, which was also a wet affair. The next round will take place on 11 June in Magny-Cours.

Tuesday, 17/05/2016


VAG Trophy, Brands Hatch

Monday, 09/05/2016


Audi Sport TT Cup, Hockenheim


British Touringcar Championship, Thruxton

No joy for Smith and Howard in Thruxton.

Aron Smith and Mark Howard came away empty-handed from the third race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in Thruxton. In the fiercely contested race series, Ireland's Smith made it onto the podium in Brands Hatch and Donington. But this was not the case in Thruxton.

 

In the first of a total of three races, Smith finished 20th in the black Volkswagen Passat CC; Howard retired two laps before the end. In the second race, Smith finished 18th, while Howard crossed the finish line in 26th place. In the third and final race, Smith finished in 18th place, while Smith retired after just one lap.

 

In the overall standings, Smith is in twelfth place with 56 points; in the "Independent Drivers" classification, he is fourth with 93 points. The BKR team is currently in ninth place in the team standings, with a total of 57 points. The next BTCC races will be held at Oulton Park on 4th and 5th June. 


Volkswagen Fun-Cup Great Britain, Oulton Park

Monday, 02/05/2016


Volkswagen Racing Cup UK, Rockingham


Volkswagen Polo Cup Russia, Puskinskiye Gory


Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium, Dijon-Prenois

Wins for the Bustin and Conceptexpo teams.

The Bustin and Conceptexpo teams won this Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium race on foreign soil. The spectators at the French track in Dijon-Prenois were treated to some excellent race action. The races, lasting 96 and 83 laps respectively, took place in weather that veered from dry to wet, which proved to be a stern test of the drivers' abilities. Race one began in dry conditions, only for rain to set in and make the circuit extremely slippery.

The Conceptexpo team dealt with these conditions best, claiming victory ahead of AC Motosport 1 and Leader Racing. In the second race, the Corse team was still ahead ten minutes from the end. The Bustin racing team timed their attack just right to grab the lead and cross the line in first place. AC Motorsport 1 took third place. The next race weekend in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium takes place from 28 to 29 May in Zandvoort.

Tuesday, 26/04/2016


VAG Trophy, Donington Park

Two out of three: Taylor wins at Donington Park.

Three races, two wins: Paul Taylor (GB, Golf) was the dominant man at the second race weekend of the VAG Trophy at Donington Park (GB). Darron Lewis (GB) who, like Taylor, won one race at the opening round at Oulton Park (GB), retained his overall lead in the Drivers’ Championship, courtesy of three top-four finishes.

Taylor won Saturday’s opening race ahead of Darelle Wilson (GB, Scirocco) and Toby Bearne (GB, Golf). Heavy rain fell on Saturday night, resulting in difficult conditions at the 4.023-kilometre circuit in the English county of Leicestershire. Victory in race two went to Wilson, with Taylor and Lewis following him over the finish line in second and third place respectively.

Taylor was back to winning ways again in race three, following a thrilling battle with Bearne. Third place was also fiercely-contested: the door-to-door duel between Tom Walker (GB, Golf TFSI) and Lewis had fans at the circuit on the edge of their seat. Walker eventually came home third to claim his first podium of the season. The next race weekend in the VAG Trophy will take place at the famous Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch (GB) from 14 to 15 May.

Monday, 18/04/2016


Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa, Killarney Motor Racing Circuit

La Reservee and Bland – two winners on second race weekend in Cape Town.

 

Shaun La Reservee and Trevor Bland were the winners on the second race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The opening ten-lap race at the Killarney Motor Racing Circuit saw La Reservee triumph ahead of Keagan Masters and Chris Shorter who finished second and third. In race two at the 3.267-kilometre racetrack near Cape Town, Bland crossed the finish line first in his Polo, ahead of Shorter and Masters. This was Bland’s second win of the season, having previously won race two on the opening race weekend in Zwartkops. The next races in the popular South African series will be held at the Aldo Scribante Circuit near Port Elizabeth on 14 May.


British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park

On the podium again: Third place for Smith at Donington Park.

 

Ireland’s Aron Smith claimed another podium finish in his Volkswagen CC. The BKR driver finished third in race two at the second race weekend of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park. Smith had previously been rewarded for a fantastic drive with third place in race two of the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch. The man in the black number 40 Volkswagen CC finished eighth in race one at Donington Park. Smith came home 15th in race three to miss out on the top ten for the first time this season.

After six races, Smith is currently seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 56 points. He trails championship leader Matt Neal (Honda), winner of race three at Donington Park, by 22 points. Smith tops the Independent Drivers standings with 88 points – a lead of eight points over Britain’s Mat Jackson (Ford). Smith’s next opportunity to extend this lead comes from 07 to 08 May, when Thruxton hosts races seven, eight and nine of the BTCC.


Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Circuit de Dijon-Prenois

FC 261 Défi Baticonfort and FC 294 AC Motorsport defy the rain in Burgundy.

 

Even heavy rain and cold, damp April weather could not stop FC 261 Défi Baticonfort and FC 294 AC Motorsport. The two teams both claimed one victory on the third race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup France, which took place at the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois. The weekend featured two four-hour races. As was probably to be expected given the unsettled weather in April, the heavens opened over the 3.801-kilometre circuit in the French region of Burgundy.

The FC 261 Défi Baticonfort team, which won the opening race on Sunday morning ahead of FC 275 Zosh Groupe Dirob and FC 288 Or Hes Stephya, showed no signs of being hindered by the conditions. The afternoon’s second race saw the FC 294 AC Motorsport team cross the finish line first after four hours, with FC 261 Défi Baticonfort and FC 275 Zosh Groupe Dirob following them home in second and third place. The popular racing series returns to action on 22 May, when the iconic circuit in Le Mans hosts an eight-hour race in the Fun Cup France.

Monday, 04.04.2016


British Touring Car Championship, Brands Hatch

Aron Smith takes third place in Volkswagen CC.

Aron Smith drove excellently in the opener of the new British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season, securing a podium position in his Volkswagen CC. The Irishman started the second race held on the legendary Brands Hatch circuit in seventh place, but moved up to third place. At the end of 26 laps, Smith was just 3.132 seconds behind the victorious defending champion Gorden Shedden (GB). Facing a field of strong competitors, Smith also finished the other two races in the top ten, taking eighth and tenth place respectively. "I dedicate my podium position to my team BKR. Hats off to the crew for everything they achieved," commented the Volkswagen driver. The next round of this popular championship will take place in Donington on 16 and 17 April.


Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe, Spa

Bustin by DN’s triumphs in 8-hour race in Spa.

The team Bustin by DN’s triumphed in the first race of the European Volkswagen Fun Cup. After almost eight hours and 137 laps, Dominique Bustin, Maxime Lieutenant, Sebastien Kluyskens and Sam Dejonghe fended off the 83 other Beetles that competed in this hugely popular series on the legendary Formula 1 racetrack at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The foursome also won the Fun Cup Belgium category. The team in second place overall, SPI comprising Georges Journet, Julien Andlauer and Alain Ferté, won the Fun Cup France category. They were leading right up to the final pit stop, only to be overtaken by the Bustin by DN’s team. Third place went to the Belgian team Concept Expo by Milo with Fred Bouvy, Marc van Cutsem and Lorenzo Donniacuo.