VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT NEWSLETTER 28/2019
Aug 12, 2019
- Polo GTI R5: Maiden win in the German Rally Championship
- Formula Student Germany: Finale of the talent competition at the Hockenheim ring
German Rally Championship (DRM)
Riedemann wins the home rally of the Polo GTI R5
Christian Riedemann and Michael Wenzel (D/D) won the ADAC Rallye “Rund um die Sulinger Bärenklaue” to claim the maiden victory in the German Rally Championship (DRM) for the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. A strong drive and top times saw them defeat championship leaders Fabian Kreim and Tobias Braun (D/D, Škoda) by 28.4 seconds. Hermann Gassner jr. and Ursula Mayrhofer (D/A, Hyundai) completed the podium.
The fourth event of the DRM season featured the strongest ﬁeld so far, with a total of twelve competitors in the top class for R5 cars. The strength in depth was apparent as early as Friday evening, when the lead changed hands four times on the ﬁrst four special stages. Riedemann ended the day with a slender 0.9- second lead, which he then extended consistently on Saturday morning. A further three stage wins helped the man from Sulingen to take the overall victory. “It is an awesome feeling to win my home rally again, having previously won in 2012 and 2016. We had great support from the team and the crowd, who really cheered us on. I would like to thank all the partners who have made this possible for us,” said the delighted winner at the ﬁnish.
The Polo duo of Dennis Rostek and Helmar Hinneberg (D/D) produced a strong ﬁnish on Saturday and fought their way into sixth place overall. Björn Satorius and Dennis Zenz (D/D), who were making their ﬁrst appearance with the Polo GTI R5, claimed a stage win on Friday evening and ended the rally in 12th place. Kreim continues to top the overall standings in the German Rally Championship. Gassner is second, while Riedemann climbs into third place on the back of his win. The DRM returns on 04 October with the Rallye Erzgebirge.
More information: www.adac-motorsport.de/drm
Formula Student Germany 2019 (FSG)
Uni teams successful at the Hockenheim ring
Four teams of students from institutes of technology, supported by Volkswagen, made successful appearances at the ﬁnale of Formula Student Germany (FSG) at the Hockenheimring from 05 to 11 August. The design competition, in which the teams design and build their own race cars, includes a technical score and an analysis of costs and business plans. The teams from the institutes of technology in Delf and Hamburg impressed the judges and scored points in both disciplines. The team from RWTH Aachen also scored valuable points in the junior competition.
Formula Student is one of the most important design competitions for aspiring engineers. Volkswagen’s presence at the Hockenheimring once again attracted many students from more than 100 teams from all over the world. The event was also attended by racing drivers Benjamin Leuchter (D), Jasmin Preisig (CH) and Loris Prattes (D), who oﬀered the competitors tips and talked shop with the fans. It goes without saying that they also signed autographs and posed for photos.
Volkswagen Motorsport also presented an exhibit regarding its captivating electric race car, the ID.R. The 500-kW (680-PS) e-racer won the iconic “Pikes Peak International Hill Climb” last year, and has set records at the Nürburgring and the “Goodwood Festival of Speed”. The next stop for the ID.R is China, where the zero- emission race car will set a target time on Tianmen Mountain.
More information: www.formulastudent.de/fsg
16.08.–18.08.2019, Round three of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup, Chennai (IND)
16.08.–18.08.2019, Round three of the Indian Touring Car Championship, Chennai (IND)
16.08.–18.08.2019, Round ﬁve of TCR Germany, Nürburgring (D)
16.08.–18.08.2019, Round four of TCR Baltic, Riga (EST)
16.08.–17.08.2019, Round four of the Swedish Rally Championship, Kolsvarundan (S)
16.08.–18.08.2019, Round six of the Czech Rally Championship, Zlín (CZ)
17.08.–18.08.2019, Round ﬁve of TCR Scandinavia, Karlskoga (S)
17.08.–18.08.2019, Round six of TCR Russia, Moscow (RUS)
17.08.2019, Round ﬁve of the Volkswagen Fun Cup UK, Anglesey Coastal (GB)
Head of Marketing & Communication
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