FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Victory for Latvala in Greece, Volkswagen one-two at the top of the Drivers’ Championship

First win for Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (FIN/FIN): The Volkswagen works duo celebrated their maiden victory for the team in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). At the same time, this was their first success at the famous “Acropolis”. By securing victory at the Rally Greece, a classic event in the sport’s World Championship and regarded as the ultimate test for man and machine, Latvala/Anttila have moved up to second in the Drivers’ Championship overall standings. Despite technical problems, team-mates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) defended their lead at the top after fighting their way through the field and bagging a victory in the so-called Power Stage. Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN), who drive the third Polo R WRC of the Wolfsburg-based works team, also caught the eye by finishing fourth overall and securing three stage wins.

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup
Double success for teenager van der Linde – “Strietzel” Stuck the best legend

Sixteen-year-old Kelvin van der Linde celebrated two victories at the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Spielberg. Even starting from eighth place on the grid could not prevent the South African teenager from driving to victory in the second race. On both occasions, van der Linde finished ahead of Michelle Gatting, who showed good pace. The Dane produced the best ever results for a woman driving in this event. In the overall standings, van der Linde leads Gatting 80 points to 72 after three of this season’s nine races. In the first race on Saturday, big names also ensured that there was plenty of action out on the track. Motorsport legend Hans-Joachim “Strietzel“ Stuck finished ahead of his son Johannes, Christian Danner and Klaus Niedzwiedz to win in the legends category.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Kvyat bags a hat-trick of podiums for Volkswagen

Daniil Kvyat secured three second place finishes for Volkswagen at the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Spielberg, Austria. Yet in all three races, the Russian, racing for Team Carlin, had to be content with finishing behind Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist. The fourth podium of the race weekend for a Volkswagen driver went to the Brit Jordan King. In the first race, he took third place in his Dallara “powered by Volkswagen”. In the third race, Brits Harry Tincknell and King just missed out on a podium finish as they came home in fourth and fifth place respectively. Tincknell remains the best-placed driver respresenting Volkswagen in the overall standings headed by the Italian Raffaele Marciello. The sixth from the total of ten European Championship race weekends will be taking place on 13 and 14 July at the Norisring.

South African Rally Championship
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.

Coming up:

07.06.–09.06.2013 ADAC Formel Masters, Sachsenring (D)
07.06.–09.06.2013 ATS Formel-3-Cup, Sachsenring (D)
14.06.–16.06.2013 ATS Formel-3-Cup, Lausitzring (D

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