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Newsletter August 2019


FIA World Rally Championship

Third place for Johan Kristoffersson in the Polo GTI R5

Even Johan Kristoffersson (S) did not expect that: at the Rally Finland, the ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Swedish ace driver in the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 achieved a fantastic third place in the WRC2 classification. After 23 special stages and a challenging 307.58 kilometres, the 30- year-old with co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen (NOR) were only beaten by Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (RUS/RUS, Škoda) and runner-up Jari Huttunen/Mikko Lukka (FIN/FIN, Hyundai).

“To be on the podium here in our first appearance is more than I ever expected – we are really delighted with third place,” said Kristoffersson, who otherwise competes in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. “We started well and kept improving over the weekend. This result makes us very optimistic about the upcoming rallies in Sweden.”

Emil Lindholm and Mikael Korhonen (FIN/FIN) had a difficult time in the second Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. The first day ended prematurely for the duo after an excursion from the track. On Saturday, the Finns got going again in their home race, but a suspension breakage slowed down their fight-back. Lindholm and Korhonen, however, underlined their class and that of the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 with a total of ten best times.

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Classic Days Schloss Dyck

Electric race car ID.R causes a sensation for the Classic-fans

The Classic Days around the moated castle Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Lower Rhine (D), once again attracted tens of thousands of visitors at the weekend. In addition to a selection of impressive classics, Volkswagen also presented the Volkswagen ID.R. With the multiple-time German Rally Champion Dieter Depping (D) at the wheel, the all-electric racing car took part in the demonstration laps and was one of the most popular images for the photographers. Following its historic best time last year at the hill climb on Pikes Peak (USA), a lap record for electric vehicles at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (D) and the record- breaking outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (UK), the ID.R with racing pro Romain Dumas (F) will climb the road to ‘Heaven’s Gate’ at Tianmen Mountain (CN) for the first time in September.

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TCR Australia

Aaron Cameron drives to the podium in the Golf GTI TCR

On the fourth of a total of seven race weekends in the TCR Australia, the fight for important championship points was on at the Queensland Raceway south-west of Brisbane. Aaron Cameron (AUS) of the Melbourne Performance Centre team had much to celebrate on the Australian East Coast: after a sixth place in the first race, the Australian finished on the podium in third in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in the second race. In the third race, Cameron finished in fifth place. He improved to sixth place in the overall standings and is in touch with the top group.

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TCR Russia

Third place for Grigory Burlutskiy in the Golf GTI TCR

In the fifth round of TCR Russia at the ADM Raceway (RUS) southeast of Moscow, Grigoriy Burlutskiy (RUS) finished third in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. After finishing ninth in the first race, the Carville Racing driver started from pole in race two, crossing the finish line behind Kirill Ladygin (RUS, Lada) and Mikhail Grachev (RUS, Lada) in third.

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52nd International ADAC Hill Climb Osnabrück

Volkswagen home race on the ‘Uphöfener’ mountain

At the 52nd International ADAC Hill Climb Osnabrück, Volkswagen thrilled fans with two spectacular vehicles: Jochi Kleint (D) presented the legendary Golf II Pikes Peak to around 25,000 visitors at the ‘Uphöfener’ mountain. The former European Rally Champion participated in the hill climb at Pikes Peak (USA) in 1987 with this vehicle, whose two engines together deliver 480 kW (652 PS) of power. Additionally the Polo R Supercar, which was almost unbeatable in the 2017 and 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, also made an appearance in Osnabrück. The spectacular four-wheel-drive car was driven by motorsport all-rounder Ronny Wechselberger for the first time.

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Next up:

08.–10.08.2019, 5th round German Rally Championship, ADAC Rallye – Rund um die Sulinger Bärenklaue (D)
09.–11.08.2019, 4th round TCR Germany, Zandvoort   (NL)
09.–11.08.2019, 5th round Paraguayan Rally Championship, Rally de Acosta Ñu (PY)

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