Volkswagen Motorsport Newsletter 03/2017
Successful start to the World Rallycross Championship for PSRX Volkswagen
Petter Solberg (N) of the PSRX Volkswagen team narrowly missed out on a place on the podium, finishing fourth at the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) in Barcelona. Solberg and team-mate Johan Kristoffersson (S) had both progressed to the final with the Volkswagen Polo GTI Supercar. Kristoffersson started from first place on the grid, but got away badly and eventually had to settle for sixth. However, the newly-formed team did have something to celebrate: they top the Team standings, level on points with the EKS team of winner Mattias Ekström (S/Audi). Volkswagen also had cause for celebration in the European Rallycross Championship, where Anton Marklund (S) was victorious at the wheel of a Polo. The next race weekend in the WRX takes place in Montalegre (P) on 20 and 21 April.
TCR International Series
Vernay in the points twice at season-opener
Jean-Karl Vernay (F) scored valuable points at the opening round of the TCR International Series in Georgia. The Frenchman, at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, finished sixth in race one in Rustavi (GE), which took place on a wet and extremely slippery track. Fellow Volkswagen drivers Giacomo Altoè (I) and Gianni Morbidelli (I) also finished in the points in eighth and tenth place respectively. The track was virtually dry for race two, and Vernay was once again the best-placed Volkswagen driver. The Frenchman finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a spot on the podium. Altoè and Morbidelli came home seventh and tenth. The winners of the two races were local favourite Davit Kajaia (Alfa Romeo) and Pepe Oriola (E/SEAT). In the overall standings, Vernay is currently fourth with 25 points, behind Kajaia (38), Attila Tassi (H/Honda/32) and Oriola (31). Bahrain hosts the next races in the TCR International Series from 14 to 16 April.
Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe
Allure Team wins the eight-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps
Delight at Allure Team: the experienced Belgian team won the eight-hour race in the Volkswagen Fun Cup Europe at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps (B) circuit. Allure completed 139 laps of the seven-kilometre track in the Ardennes, and came home 44.221 seconds ahead of the runners-up from AC Motorsport 1 after eight hours of racing. The final spot on the podium went to the Italian KS Corse team, who finished 2:15.775 minutes back.