“Successful outing in new environment: The German ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup champion in 2008, Alexander Rambow (Zehdenick), concluded his wildcard entry in the South African Polo-Cup with a tenth and seventh place.
The two races around the 3.267 kilometre track in Killarney close to Cape Town were a part of the worldwide ‘Volkswagen Touring Car Student’ exchange programme and the reward for Rambow winning the championship. The 19-year-old had to adapt to an unfamiliar right-hand drive race car in the process. ‘To find your feet first time out in such a special one-make series like the South African Polo-Cup isn’t so easy. Alexander Rambow did more than a respectable job and also mastered the difficulties of adapting to a right-hand drive Polo extremely well,’ says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.
The German champion’s summary was also positive: ‘The races in South Africa were an incredible experience for me,’ says Rambow. ‘I achieved my goal to finish higher than I did two years ago when I started as Rookie-winner in South Africa. I’m very satisfied because here at the season finale it wasn’t just a question of putting in a good performance for myself, but also to fight fairly and restrained as three drivers were still fighting for the championship title. Many thanks to Volkswagen for enabling me to make this instructive experience in motorsport.’
In addition to Rambow, the German Rookie winner Maximilian Sandritter (Raubling) also won a ticket to South Africa. The best newcomer in Germany escaped unhurt after rolling his car in free practice but was, however, unable to participate in qualifying and the race. For Sandritter it was the second appearance within Volkswagen Motorsport’s extensive exchange programme: In August he impressed after clinching a brace of second places in the Volkswagen GTI Cup in Japan.
Volkswagen’s worldwide ‘student exchange’ concluded
The 2008 Volkswagen exchange programme ended with the participation of both Alexander Rambow and Maximilian Sandritter in South Africa. ‘Foreign exchange trainees’ had already previously proven their abilities on the one-make cups in Japan, the USA and China: For example, Shane Williams, championship leader at the half-way point, won a race of the American Jetta TDI Cup as guest, and the talent with the best press work Ignacio Espinosa from Peru, finished second in the Chinese Polo-Cup in Zhuhai. Throughout the season visitors from international partner series’ competed in the German Cup. “