Very nice work put forth by everyone! It’s great to see VW enter and gain some strong results right from the start. All Formula 3 cars are running Mercedes engines until now. There are the haters out there but Volkswagen engines are strong! It’s good to know that these engines are right where my New Beetle is in terms of HP! w00t!
The new Volkswagen Formula 3 engine has made its successful racing début during the DTM weekend at the Nürburgring.
In the Formula 3 Euro Series race on Saturday Maximilian Götz in his Dallara F306 Volkswagen from Team RC Motorsport clinched sixth place, thus scoring points in the début race straight away. On Sunday the driver from Uffenheim claimed ninth place, thus finishing in the top ten for the second time. In the qualifying practice Götz and his team-mate Jonathan Summerton had already made a strong first showing with positions eight and 13.
“We’re highly satisfied with the début of our new Formula 3 engine: it’s competitive straight from the start. This was also proved by our fastest race lap, we were separated from the absolute best time by merely three tenths of a second. A big compliment to our engineers, teams and drivers who made this good start possible by working so intensively,” commented Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “Our goal is to equip six racing cars with our engines next year and to contest all races of the Formula 3 Euro Series. The results of this season’s events give us the opportunity to assess where we stand and to pursue the engine’s evolution for 2008.”
Maximilian Götz praised the 210-hp two-litre engine. “The tests had suggested what potential the engine has but now we know much better where Volkswagen stands compared to the competition: We’re very close already,” said the 21-year-old. In the first race Götz advanced from grid position eight to sixth place. “A perfect début and a great reward for everyone involved in this project.” Götz started the race on Sunday from third place – the top eight in the first race start to the second event in reverse order. “After the start I hit the brakes too late, which cost me five places. After that, I was able to keep the pace of the experienced drivers very well.”
For Jonathan Summerton, the DTM weekend in the Eifel did not go according to plan. “In the first race I was hit after the start. My car was damaged in the incident and, as a result, very difficult to drive,” the American summed up the event after finishing in 18th place. The start to the second race was similar to the first one: “I was hit again, this time the rear wing was damaged. Nevertheless, my car had very good balance and my laps were fast and consistent,” the 19-year-old said about the race that saw him finish in 15th position.
A third Dallara “powered by Volkswagen” driven by Marco Holzer is fielded by Team AM Holzer Rennsport. “Our weekend wasn’t off to an optimum start. But the collaboration with Volkswagen is paying off: in the end, we came up with a good set-up,” commented the 19-year-old from Augsburg, who occupied places 20 and 14.
– Volkswagen Motorsport