FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
Ogier puts in sparkling display for Volkswagen at the Rally Australia
Volkswagen driver Sébastien Ogier (F) and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia (F) delivered a polished performance at the Rally Australia. Driving the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, the French pairing bagged maximum points at the tenth WRC event this year and celebrated their sixth success of the season. The World Championship title is now within touching distance for Ogier and Ingrassia. In the end, the pair was only one point short of clinching the title early Down Under. However, the championship should be wrapped up at the upcoming WRC event, the Rally France, even though current World Champion Sébastien Loeb will be returning to the start line. The Volkswagen duo is currently 83 points ahead of their nearest competitor Thierry Neuville (Ford).
Scirocco R-Cup Germany
Three-way battle at the grand finale
The Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup title will now be decided at the grand finale in Hockenheim on 19 October. After being hit with a drive-through penalty during the second race in Oschersleben, leader Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) could only finish in P15, thus squandering the chance to wrap up the title early. American racer Dennis Trebing secured his first victory of the season ahead of Ross Wylie (GB), who was celebrating his 22nd birthday in perfect style. Dane Kasper H. Jensen finished third. He had previously won Saturday’s race ahead of van der Linde and Trebing. Former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers (NL) was triumphant in the Legend’s category. There will be a three-way battle for the title at the ninth and final race of the season. The 17-year-old van der Linde leads the way on 290 points ahead of Jensen (247) and his compatriot Jordan Lee Pepper (232). A victory is worth 60 points.
ATS Formula 3 Cup
Exceptional talent Kirchhöfer wraps up title early
The extremely talented Marvin Kirchhöfer (D) has secured the ATS Formula 3 Cup title with races to spare. At the penultimate race weekend of the season in Oschersleben, the 19-year-old was again the most impressive driver with two victories and a second-place finish. He now has eleven season wins to his name and, having amassed 450 points, can no longer be caught in the overall standings. “I’m really happy – a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders. My goal now is Formula 1,” said the Leipzig-based driver. The fight for second place is going down to a nail-biting conclusion with the two Lotus drivers poised to scrap it out in the last three races of the year at the Hockenheimring on 28 and 29 September. On 301 points, Russian Artem Markelov holds a narrow advantage over British team-mate Emil Bernstorff (291), who won the second race in Oschersleben driving the Dallara ‘powered by Volkswagen’.
ADAC Formel Masters
Picariello wins 2013 title with races to spare
On the penultimate race weekend of the season, Alessio Picariello (B) wrapped up the ADAC Formel Masters title at the Slovakiaring. With this win, the Belgian from Team Mücke Motorsport follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Marvin Kirchhöfer (D). On his way to the championship, the 20-year-old, who drives a Dallara single-seater race car ‘powered by Volkswagen’, has written his name in the history books of the ADAC Formel Masters: Picariello led the championship from this season’s very first race all the way before wrapping up the title at the Slovakiaring. Picariello has won ten of this season’s 20 races and has made the podium fourteen times. With Picariello winning the first race, Marvin Dienst (D) and Ralph Boschung (SUI) were victorious in races two and three.
South African Rally Championship
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.
Scirocco R-Cup China
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 Boa 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.