The first season of the Volkswagen Polo Cup India will start on 19 June 2010 in the country that is home to Volkswagen India: A city street race in Pune will be the inaugural event of the new one-make cup. A total of six races on three different race tracks are on the calendar. (continue reading…)
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A race car driver’s perspective…
Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to experience things which many can only dream of doing. Though the path has been filled with many risks, trials and a lot of hard work, it’s moments like these when I realize how incredibly fortunate I am.
Over the last 2 years I have been driving race cars for Volkswagen in the Jetta TDI Cup. I was fortunate enough to earn a spot as a driver in the series and then was even more fortunate to be able to win the coveted Public Relations Contest in both years as well.
Timmy Megenbier (left) battles Maximilian Hacklander at Oschersleben this year
With Maximilian Hacklander contesting the American Jetta TDI Cup next weekend, Volkswagen’s proven and successful exchange programme starts to the 2009 motorsport season.
Over the next few weeks a total of five drivers from the well-established ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup will be gathering important experience for the further course of their racing careers in partnering one-make cup series.
Four races this season, four times the same winner. At Volkswagen’s home race at Oschersleben the question in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup will be whether or not anyone will put an end to Maciek Steinhof’s winning streak.
And, if so, who will be the rival thwarting the Pole’s record plans? As many as four ‘home players’ are likely candidates at the double-header staged in the Magdeburg ‘Börde’ flatlands not far from Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg. Felix Tigges from Wolfsburg, Marcel Belka from Lehrte, Kris Heidorn from Wunstorf and ProTalent winner Jann-Hendrik Ubben from Ihlow want to shine in front of a large sporting audience. In addition to the three local heroes, the ‘normal suspects’ Elia Erhart, the runner-up in the standings, and Max Sandritter, the third in the standings, are considered candidates for their first victories of the season.
It’s a hat-trick: Maciek Steinhof won the third round of the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in a row and thus consolidated his lead in the overall standings.
The 23-year-old driver from Poland had to defend his lead in a tough battle with Elia Erhart from Nuremberg and Simon Reinberth from Sweden, who clinched places two and three. The entire 15-lap race also saw close duels behind the three front runners in which the Swede Marcus Fluch kept the upper hand in fourth place in front of touring car rookie Kris Heidorn (Wunstorf) and Stefan Kolb (Karlsruhe). Steinhof had won Saturday’s race at Lausitz as well, followed by Kolb and Erhart.
Hot start to the season at Hockenheim: Maciek Steinhof won the fiercely competitive opening race of the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup.
In a nail-biting fight for victory between three racers the Pole Steinhof prevailed against the Austrian Matthias Gamauf and pole sitter Elia Erhart from Nuremberg. Marcus Fluch from Sweden and Felix Tigges from Wolfsburg took places four and five, and local hero David Jahn from Speyer – as the sixth-placed contender and best rookie – caused a sensation. In eighth place, guest entrant Freddie Hunt, the son of former Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt, clinched a remarkably good result as well.
Volkswagen Motorsport and Scania Germany are starting to the 2009 motorsport season together.
The truck manufacturer that ranks among the world’s leaders in its field and has been the ninth brand of the Volkswagen Group since 2008, equips the successful squad from Wolfsburg with three 500-hp tractors for the race transporters sporting the colour ‘Volkswagen Silver’. From now on, Volkswagen demonstrates sheer power, dynamic design and top quality not only on the race track but on the way to the paddock as well.
Quite a few kilometres of testing, tough fitness training, extensive data analysis – preparations for the new racing season have now been completed.
The DTM opener at Hockenheim (15¬–17 May) marks the long-awaited starting signal for numerous young drivers. Seven up-and-coming racers “powered by Volkswagen” will start from the Formula 3 Euro Series grid, in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup as many as 26 motorsport youngsters will compete against each other in Racing Polo cars featuring identical technology.