Thursday, May 13, 2010

Volkswagen newsletter 2010-05-02

British Formula 3 Championship
Two victories for Volkswagen driver James Calado
James Calado was the man of hour at the second race weekend of the British Formula 3 Championship at Silverstone. The 20-year-old clinched his first two pole positions in qualifying. Afterwards he won the first and the third race and improved to third place in the overall standings. His Carlin Motorsport team colleague Jean-Eric Vergne continues to head the leader-board. The Red Bull Junior took fourth, fifth and sixth place in the rounds of the weekend. The Brazilian Gabriel Dias, who competes for the Hitech Racing Volkswagen team, secured the full number of points for victory by finishing the second race in the rain as the runner-up behind a guest entrant. For the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer the weekend marked the 13th and 14th race wins out of 26 races since the brand's return.
Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa
Hodges dominates at Scribante
Title defender Mathew Hodges was the dominant racer at the Polo Cup South Africa's season opener at Scribante. In the first round he won with a 2.3-second lead over Devin Robertson, in the second race Robertson trailed Hodges by 3.6 seconds. The other podium places in the 20-car field on the 2.48-kilometre circuit near Cape Town went to Kyle Barnes and Jacques Joubert.
Formula Volkswagen South Africa
Williams wins at season opener
Caleb Williams clinched overall victory at the season opener of the South African Formula Volkswagen at Scribante. The youngster finished the first race as the runner-up behind Simon Moss and won the second round. Moss had to settle for eleventh place in round 2 after spinning. Wesleigh Orr took positions three and two in the two races. Chad van Beuren finished the second round in third place.
2011 Dakar Rally
New "Dakar" route has been presented - Volkswagen anticipates demanding terrain
The gruelling Atacama desert, the dizzying altitudes of the Andes, quick gravel stretches in "La Pampa" - the Dakar Rally's third event in Argentina and Chile will go farther north than ever before. As title defender after its victories in January 2009 by Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz and in 2010 by Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, Volkswagen anticipates even more demanding routes for its "hat-trick mission". In 2011 the legendary desert rally will take the contenders to the borders of Bolivia and Peru, five of the twelve stage-finish locations are new on the route.
Coming up next
08 - 09 May 2010 ATS Formula 3 Cup Sachsenring (D) rounds 3 and 4
08 - 09 May 2010 ADAC Formula Masters Sachsenring (D) rounds 4 to 6
08 - 09 May 2010 STCC Knutstorp (S) rounds 3 and 4
08 - 09 May 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup New Jersey (USA) round 3
08 May 2010 Volkswagen Endurance Cup Zandvoort (NL) round2
-source: vw