The GTI causes a sensation.
Despite the success, it was another ten years before Volkswagen returned to the Eifel with another works team. This time, however, they were back to stay. 2007 heralded a new era on the Nordschleife, in which the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer primarily set its sights on the class for two-litre turbo engines (SP3T). Once again it was the Golf that was charged with continuing the success story. René Rast, Jimmy Johansson, Florian Gruber and Dieter Depping caused quite a stir with the GTI, guiding the Golf “R-Line” to eighth place overall. Once again, many more powerful cars could do nothing but watch from behind. It goes without saying that the men from Lower Saxony also won the SP3T class.