FIA World Rally Championship Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen with brilliant performance in France
Strong showing in the Alsace: The Volkswagen drivers Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen celebrated a dominant one-two victory at Rally France in the large field of the Super 2000 class. In front of their home crowd, Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) in the Škoda Fabia S2000 finished in twelfth place overall ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N). In changeable conditions, the French duo Ogier/Ingrassia set the fastest time in class on 15 of the 21 special stages. The two Norwegians Mikkelsen/Fløene were the quickest contenders six times. Volkswagen Motorsport is fielding two Fabia S2000 cars of the Group’s Škoda brand in the FIA WRC this season in order to prepare for its entry with the Polo R WRC as of 2013 in competitive conditions.
South African Rally Championship Hergen Fekken and Gugu Zulu successful at Limpopo
By finishing the penultimate round of the season in the South African Rally Championship at Limpopo as the runners-up, Hergen Fekken and his co-driver Pierre Arries achieved their best result this season. In the Volkswagen Polo S2000, after 13 challenging special stages, they had a deficit of 1m 19.4s to the winners Mark Cronje/Robin Houghton (Ford). In fourth place, the Volkswagen drivers Japie van Niekerk/Gerhard Snyman barely missed a podium finish. Gugu Zulu and Carl Peskin (Volkswagen Polo) had more reason to celebrate. The duo clinched as much as its fourth class victory (twelfth place overall) in the S2000 Challenge in the current season.
Exhibition Motorsport with Volkswagen to be extended
The special exhibition billed as “Motorsport with Volkswagen” attracted over 4,500 visitors in the past two months. Now the exhibition will be extended: Until 30 November 2012 the legends of Volkswagen Motorsport will continue to be on display. The opening hours have changed – as of October, the exhibition is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans of motorsport with models from Volkswagen are definitely getting their money’s worth when visiting the special exhibition at the AutoMuseum. From the early beginnings of sporting activities with the Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen’s first commitment in Formula V through to the three-time winner of the Dakar Rally – the Race Touareg – the cars on display represent the full spectrum of Volkswagen’s nearly 60-year motorsport tradition.
Coming up next…
18–21 October FIA World Rally Championship in Italy
19 October Volkswagen Endurance Cup at Zandvoort (NL)
19–20 October Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim (D)
19–21 October FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim (D)
19–21 October Volkswagen Endurance Cup at Zandvoort (NL)