The term heart stopping finale was never more appropriate than at the tenth and final round of the Scirocco R-Cup 2011: Daniel Lloyd won the most spectacular and exciting race of the season.
The Briton prevailed in the Scirocco R Cup season finale after a dramatic ten lap battle around the 4.574 kilometer long track. He nevertheless narrowly missed the championship runner-up title as Ola Nilsson claimed second place in the overall standings behind Champion Mateusz Lisowski thanks to his second place. The four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen won the Legend Cup ahead of Indy 500 legend Arie Luyendyk and ex-Formula 1 driver Patrick Tambay.
Since Mateusz Lisowski had already been crowned as the new champion before the race weekend four drivers, namely Ola Nilsson, Daniel Lloyd, Stefano Proetto and Aditya Patel, all had a chance of taking the runner-up slot. The race began with a strong start from Lloyd who overtook pole sitter Lisowski early. A chase group developed which would have done every Hollywood action film proud. The main protagonists: Lloyd, Lisowski and Nilsson. They were repeatedly surprised by the successful attacks of Junior Cup driver Moritz Oestreich and Dennis Trebing. The US charger even took the lead briefly with a brilliant overtaking maneuver on the seventh lap.
At the flag Lloyd salvaged victory after crossing the line ahead of Trebing and Nilsson who took the final podium position after clever use of the push-to-pass system on the final lap. As a result the top three positions in the Scirocco R-Cup 2011 final standings are fixed: Champion is Mateusz Lisowski with 416 points, Ola Nilsson (335) took the runner-up ahead of third man Daniel Lloyd (351).
Indy 500 Champion, Rally World Champion and Grand Prix winner on the podium
The Legend Cup competitors enjoyed a highly entertaining race which rally ace Juha Kankkunen won in the end. The Finn was able to overtake Indy 500 Champion Arie Luyendyk, who started alongside him, just after the start. The Dutchman, who still holds the record for the fastest Indy 500 qualifying lap at an average of 381.392 km/h, fought tooth and nail for several laps with Kankkunen before losing ground after a spin. Patrick Tambay, who won the Grand Prix here at Hockenheim in 1982 in a Ferrari, finished third in the Legend Cup classification behind Kankkunen and Luyendyk. Ex-DTM driver Mathias Lauda, who had started the race as fastest guest, was unlucky. After the Austrian had already worked his way into the top ten he was rather unluckily helped into the gravel bed by a Scirocco Cup driver following behind.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"That was pure motorsport. A fantastic race to close the season, very fair and incredibly exciting. That our young Scirocco R-Cup drivers already produce such excellent sport shows what a good school it is. Many more experienced racing drivers from other series' could learn a thing or two.”
#66 – Arie Luyendyk (Netherlands) Race: 22nd place – Legend Cup: 2nd position
"I made very good progress in the fast corners; I hardly lost any time there. I just wasn't so accustomed to the slower corners. It goes without saying that it was difficult to get used to the car without testing beforehand, but my debut in a front wheel drive car was nevertheless a lot of fun. On the whole I've really enjoyed the weekend and especially the battle with Juha. My compliments to the young Volkswagen Kids who were in fact really very fast and composed.”
#68 – Juha Kankkunen (Finland) Race: 19th place – Legend Cup: 1st position
"Second last year, now I've won in the Legend Cup – things went very well for me. I had a great fight with Arie immediately after the start. The Legend Cup is a fantastic thing for us old hands, we meet our friends from the early days and can still show who the best around the race track is. Having said this, you have virtually no chance against the young drivers in the Scirocco R-Cup at the end of the season because they know their cars so well.”
#69 – Patrick Tambay (France) Race: 24th place – Legend Cup: 3rd position
"It was a very emotional race for me: it's 29 years ago that I won in Formula 1 in a Ferrari here at Hockenheim. When I saw the checkered flag today an incredible amount of happy memories flooded back. It was 30 minutes of pure enjoyment. Thank you Volkswagen.”
#67 – Mathias Lauda (Austria) Race: retired
"Unfortunately I only got as far as the fourth corner, but was able to overtake several cars in front of me. I was then hit up the rear; it was a classic case of being pushed off. You are powerless against it. However, just the few hundred meters were a lot of fun and I'd love to make a guest start again in the Scirocco R-Cup.”
#23 – Ola Nilsson (Sweden) Race: 3rd position
"Today my focus of attention was the runner-up title. I knew that if I was third I had second place in the overall standings. It was certainly the most exciting race of the season; we went hell for leather at the front. Now and then I was a little concerned that it wouldn't be enough. But thanks to my good push-to-pass tactic I managed to take third place back on the last lap.”