VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT NEWSLETTER 19/2019
Jun 10, 2019
- Americas Rallycross: dramatic season opener for Tanner Foust and the Beetle
- TCR Europe: podium for Maxime Potty at his home race in Spa-Francorchamps
- TCR Germany: Mitchel Cheah makes a strong statement in the Golf GTI TCR
Americas Rallycross (ARX)
Tanner Foust begins the new season with a fourth place
Tanner Foust narrowly missed out on the podium at the season opener of the Americas Rallycross (ARX) in Mid-Ohio (USA). In the Volkswagen Beetle, the 45-year-old ﬁnished fourth in a dramatic ﬁnal. The weekend had started perfectly: with the fastest time in two of the four qualifying rounds, Foust secured ﬁrst place after the heats. In the semi-ﬁnals, the 2012 Global Rallycross Champion got oﬀ to a poor start, but he managed to cross the ﬁnish line in second place. In the ﬁnal, Foust had already buried hopes of victory in the second corner, when he damaged his Beetle in the ﬁght with his ﬁve competitors at the front, losing decisive ground as a result.
In the overall rankings, Foust is only four points behind his former Volkswagen team-mate and reigning champion Scott Speed (USA, Subaru) after the season opener in second place. The ARX continues with rounds two and three on 13 and 14 July in Gateway (USA).
More information: www.arxrallycross.com
TCR Europe / TCR Benelux
Maxime Potty clinches a podium once again in the Golf GTI T CR
Maxime Potty’s (B) purple patch of form has continued in the TCR Europe. In the third round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps (B), Potty ﬁnished third in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – his second podium ﬁnish of the year. “It was a very entertaining race that ended better than it started,” said Potty. “It’s a shame that I made a mistake at the start, because the pace was really good.” At his home race, the 19-year-old had secured a good starting position in qualifying with third on the grid. When the lights turned green, Potty was overtaken by some competitors, but battled back from eighth place and to cross the ﬁnish line behind the two Audi drivers Gilles Magnus (B) and Santiago Urrutia (ROU).
In the second race, guest entry Ashley Sutton (GB) was the best Volkswagen driver. The British touring car champion of 2017, who has already competed in a TCR Europe race in the Golf GTI TCR last year, drove a strong race and ﬁnished fourth. For Potty, things did not go according to plan in the second race of the weekend. Although the local hero fought hard for points, he fell back to 24th place in the last lap with technical problems and a time penalty for a jump start. In the TCR Benelux, which was again held in Spa together with the TCR Europe, Potty took third and seventh place. The TCR Europe continues on 13 and 14 July with the 4th round on Red Bull Ring (A).
More information: www.europe.tcr-series.com
Mitchell Cheah with a strong performance at the Red Bull Ring
Premiere for Mitchell Cheah (MAL): at the Red Bull Ring (A), the TCR Germany rookie took second place in the Golf GTI TCR behind the reigning champion Harald Proczyk (A) and celebrated his ﬁrst podium ﬁnish in the series. “It was a very, very tough race,” Cheah said. “I desperately wanted to ﬁnish as the best junior and score important points.” The fact that the Golf GTI TCR is fast in Spielberg had already been underlined by Sebastian Steibel (D) with the fastest time in qualifying. However, the 22- year-old was not able to defend his starting position of ﬁrst place, but with fourth he celebrated his best result in the TCR Germany.
In the second race, Cheah was again on course for a podium, before he received a drive-through penalty for a jump start while in second place. The 21-year-old ended the race in tenth. After three out of seven rounds, Cheah is third in the junior rankings. The fourth round of the TCR Germany will take place from 09 to 11 August in Zandvoort (NL).
More information: www.adac-motorsport.de
Michael Hurczyn extends overall lead in Sonoma
Eight races, eight podiums: Michael Hurczyn (USA) is the epitome of consistency in TC America. At the fourth round of the season on the Sonoma Raceway, the Volkswagen driver celebrated two more podiums. In the ﬁrst race he was in the lead with the Golf GTI TCR until shortly before the end, but was narrowly beaten in the ﬁght with Victor González (PRI, Honda). With second place the overall leader collected valuable points for the championship.
In the second race, eventual winner Mason Filippi (USA, Hyundai) pulled away from Hurczyn early on, before the latter fought a ﬁerce duel with González in the battle for second place. The Puerto Rican retained the upper hand again. With third place, Hurczyn extended his overall lead even further. At the half-way point of the season, he has scored 145 points and is thus 36 points ahead of his teammate Nate Vincent (USA). The ﬁfth round will take place on 12 to 14 July at the Portland International Raceway.
More information: www.tcamerica.us
A redemptive ending for Aaron Cameron on Phillip Island
The second race weekend in the TCR Australia was another thriller. After the turbulent start in Sydney, the spectators also got their money’s worth on Phillip Island. Numerous overtaking manoeuvres and incidents shook up the results in the three races. The best result from Volkswagen’s standpoint was scored by Aaron Cameron (AUS). In the third race, he ﬁnished third in the Golf GTI TCR.
For the reigning Australian kart champion, it was a redemptive ending to a mixed weekend. After a miserable qualifying, Cameron had to start the ﬁrst race from the very back. From there he fought his way up to ﬁfth place, before a mistake threw him back to twelfth place. Cameron ﬁnished seventh in race two. The TCR Australia continues on 13 and 14 July at The Bend Motorsport Park.
More information: www.tcraustralia.com
13.–16.06.2019, 8th round FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Sardinia (I)
13.–16.06.2019, 4th round Italian Rally Championship, Rally Sardinia (I)
14.–15.06.2019, 3rd round German Rally Championship, Rally Stemweder Berg (D)
14.–15.06.2019, 3rd round Swedish Rally Championship, Gästabudstrofén (S)
14.–15.06.2019, 4th round Czech Rally Championship, Rally Hustopeče (CZ)
14.–15.06.2019, 5th round Finnish Rally Championship, Pohjanmaa Ralli (FIN)
14.–16.06.2019, 4th round French Rally Championship, Rally Vosges (F)
14.–16.06.2019, 2nd round TCR Baltic, Botniaring (FIN)
15.–16.06.2019, 4th round Global Touring Cars South Africa (GTC), Scribante (ZA)
15.–16.06.2019, 4th race Volkswagen Polo Cup, Scribante (ZA)
15.–16.06.2019, 3rd round TCR Scandinavia, Skelletea (S)
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