Volkswagen Announced April Motorsport Plans

April 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Volkswagen is now more involved in motorsport than ever, with entries in 24-hour race Nürburgring, Formula 3 Euro Series, as well as their own one-make series and rally events. They just announced plans for April and by the looks of things they are going to have to a very busy month.

The main highlight of the the month and indeed the season for them is the Nurburgring 24-hour race which will see the debut of the purpose-built Golf24. This beastly little car based on the production Golf GTI has got a 440-hp engine. That monstrous power in a car the size of a shoe is too much even in a racing car. But it seems to be necessary for the GOlf24 in order to take on all the big names in the Nordschleife’s big event.

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Here’s the complete details and dates:

Tight testing programme for Golf24
Volkswagen Motorsport continued preparing for the 24-hour race by running a three-day test at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The main focus was placed on the suspension set-up of the new 440-hp Golf plus tests of various components.

Peter Terting and Nicki Thiim took turns at the wheel of the brand new four-wheel drive vehicle. The factory team continued its testing programme for another three days at Portimão, Portugal, immediately afterwards.

These tests were focused on endurance runs. Before the legendary 24-hour race in the Eifel region (23-26 June) the spectacular Golf24 will be subjected to tests in competitive conditions at several rounds of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring.

Formula 3 Euro Series

Marco Wittmann finishes season opener as best Volkswagen driver
The German Marco Wittmann secured two podium positions at the season opener of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Le Castellet (France).

The driver from the Signature team clinched fifth, second and third place at the three rounds. The eight drivers ‘powered by Volkswagen’ of the Signature and Motopark Academy teams were struggling with degrading tyres at the first out of a total of nine race weekends.

Wittmann’s Signature team mate Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) achieved his best result when he finished the third race in fifth place. The best results for the Motopark Academy team were clinched by the rookies Jimmy Eriksson (Sweden) and Kimiya Sato (Japan) who took sixth places, respectively.

Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa

Successes for Kosie Weyers and Devin Robertson
Devin Robertson has extended his lead in the Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa at rounds three and four of the season held at Killarney near Cape Town. The 2010 ‘vice champion’ only finished the first race in fourth place behind Kosie Weyers, Kyle Barnes and Bryan Morgan.

In the second round, however, Robertson clinched a commanding victory, beating Kosie Weyers and Brett Roach to the chequered flag. On 30 April the 18-year-old will travel to the next event at Port Elizabeth with a 19-point advantage.

Formula Volkswagen South Africa

Jayde Kruger takes lead of the standings
Jayde Kruger and Robert Wolk are the two winners of the third and fourth rounds of the Formula Volkswagen South Africa season that was staged at Killarney. Whereas Kruger in the first race prevailed against Tasmin Pepper and Daniel Rowe with a lead of over five seconds, the decision in the second round was extremely tight.

Robert Wolk crossed the finish line just 0.204 seconds earlier than Jayde Kruger. Third place went to Tasmin Pepper. After four races 23-year-old Jayde Kruger has a lead of eight points over Robert Wolk.

South African Rally Championship

Volkswagen driver Jan Habig misses victory by 8.2 seconds
A thrilling season opener in the South African Rally Championship: At the Natal Rally near Durban Volkswagen driver Jan Habig together with his co-driver Robert Paisley was battling for victory up until the very end.

After 14 special stages on gravel, covering a distance of 155 kilometres, the South African duo in the Volkswagen Polo S2000 had to admit defeat to Conrad Rautenbach/Nicolas Klinger in the Ford Fiesta with a gap of just 8.2 seconds. Other Volkswagen drivers, Enzo Kuun/Guy Hodgson, Hergen Fekken/Pierre Arries and Nicholas Ryan/Geoff Tyrer, finished the event in third, fourth and sixth place.

Coming up next …

8 April              Volkswagen Endurance Cup, Zandvoort (NL), round 01
15-16 April       South African Rally Championship, Sasol Rallye (ZA)
15-17 April       British Formula 3 Championship, Monza (I), round 01