Only one of them can be the winner: Alexander Rambow from Zehdenick and Shane Williams from South Africa will decide the title in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup at Hockenheim (25/26 October) between themselves.
Before the crowning finale at the DTM weekend Rambow has a razor-thin advantage in the standings over Williams. At the same time, the two junior drivers are out of reach by their rivals. The rookie title had already been clinched early by Maximilian Sandritter from Raubling.
Nine gripping races in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup are now behind us and the title decision will be made at the very end. Motorsport can hardly be more exciting than this,’ says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. ‘Alexander Rambow and Shane Williams both delivered convincing performances this year. A driver setting his sights on the title has to prove his skills and strong nerves all the way to the finish – and of course be graced with a bit of luck as well.’
Alexander Rambow will start to the race at the sold-out Hockenheimring as the front runner in the standings. But his four-point advantage over Williams gives him just a narrow margin. ‘There’s no room for tactics. Yet I’m not putting myself under too much pressure: I’ll give everything but the final score is only tallied at the end,’ says the 19-year-old from Brandenburg, who won three races this year. A year ago, Rambow clinched his first ever Polo Cup victory at the Hockenheim Motodrome. ‘Of course, this is a fond memory for me. The circuit suits me well.’ Shane Williams, who celebrated two victories, at the EuroSpeedway and the Nürburgring, can hardly wait for the finale either. ‘I’ve been totally nervous for the past week,’ reveals the 21-year-old from Cape Town. ‘At the same time, I’m a positive thinker: I learned a lot in the past races and firmly believe that I can make it,’ says Williams. ‘One thing’s for sure: the race will be pretty thrilling.’
Record field with 31 cars: seven guest entrants at season finale
At the tenth and final race of the season the Polo Cup will feature its largest field so far: with seven guest entrants a total of 31 Racing Polo cars will be competing. As participants in the Volkswagen exchange programme for young racers, Josh Hurley (USA) and David Richert (USA) are guests from the Jetta TDI Cup, accompanied by Jan Heylen (Belgium) – a former ChampCar driver, who was in charge of the evaluation courses in the USA as an instructor. Masaru Hamasaki from the Japanese Golf GTI Cup will also travel to Hockenheim as an ‘exchange student’, the Czech Antonín Blažek received the chance to run as a guest entrant after his title win with Volkswagen in the Czech Circuit Championship. In addition, Ashwin Sundar from India, who made his Polo Cup debut at Brands Hatch, will compete again at the finale. With TV editor Andreas Ahn (Cologne) at the wheel, a journalist is part of the field as well.
Hockenheim: Timetable ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Saturday, 25 October 2008
08.15 – 08.45 Free practice (30 min)
15.10 – 15.35 Qualifying (25 min)
Sunday, 26 October 2008
08.00 – 08.25 Race (11 laps = 50.314 km + formation lap(s), max. 30 min)
Hockenheim: TV Broadcasting Schedule, ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup
Sunday, 26 October 2008
13.55 – 14.30 Premiere Sportportal, Polo Cup race
18.00 – 19.30 DSF, Polo Cup highlights