A deserving champion, a Le Mans winner as the best Legend and the father of the current Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel making his comeback in the cockpit – the season finale of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Hockenheim once more had everything to offer. The champion, Ola Nilsson (Sweden), who had been determined at Oschersleben, celebrated his eighth victory in the tenth race of the season and in the overall classification relegated US driver Dennis Trebing, who finished the race in fifth place, to the overall runner-up’s spot. Another champion: The Dane Kasper Jensen came second at Hockenheim and thus won the Juniors classification and third place overall. The best driver of the Legends classification was Emanuele Pirro (Italy) in 13th place. Guest entrant Norbert Vettel respectably stood his ground in position 23.
Ola Nilsson dominated the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup once more. At the start to the final race, the 25-year-old wasted no time, defended his pole position and went on to clinch an uncontested lights-to-flag victory. Behind Nilsson, the action was a real thriller that began with Kasper Jensen, who had started from position two on the grid, chasing the front runner. On lap three, Adam Gladysz advanced to second place and was thus heading for the runner-up’s spot in the standings ahead of Dennis Trebing. On the following laps, Gladysz, after a light collision, had problems with locking wheels and thus lost one position after the other and ultimately finished only in ninth place – the overall runner-up’s spot going back to Trebing. Finishing in second place behind Nilsson was Kasper Jensen, who thus won the Juniors classification. Third place was grabbed by the Turk Berke Bayindir, who managed the leap onto the podium for the first time.
Le Mans hero Pirro wins Legends Cup – beaming Vettel makes racing comeback
In the Legends classification, Markus Winkelhock, who had started from a promising eighth place on the grid, suffered a retirement for which he was not to blame. The Lausitzring winner was hit by Lukas Schreier on lap two, managed to artistically keep control of the car but then went on to park the damaged vehicle. The five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela was unable to finish the race either on retiring a little later. Victory in the Legends group was clinched by the Italian five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro in 13th place ahead of ex-Formula One racer and RTL expert Christian Danner (15th). Norbert Vettel finished the race with a respectable 23rd-place finish – happy, beaming all over his face and without an accident. The father of the two-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel had competed as a guest entrant at Hockenheim, after last having contested hill-climb races in a Golf GTI 18 years ago. He was not going to compete with his son, though, said Vettel with a twinkle in his eye.
The entire Volkswagen Motorsport team wishes to thank all the sponsors for the great and successful collaboration in a thrilling 2012 season.
Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
“That was a thrilling season finale in the 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. In Ola Nilsson we’ve got a deserving champion to whom I express my heartfelt congratulations. Well done also to the runner-up, Dennis Trebing, and the winner of the Juniors classification, Kasper Jensen. Our Legends, Emanuele Pirro, Christian Danner, Frank Biela and Markus Winkelhock, again delivered a superb motorsport spectacle to the crowd as well. And the father of the two-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Norbert Vettel, made a good showing in his first race after 18 years and fought a respectable battle. This time, the son can be proud of the father.”
#23 Ola Nilsson Qualifying 1 – race 1:
“Winning the season finale is always very special – even after having been determined as the champion early. Considering this, I’m super-happy about my triumph. And I wanted to break the 500-points mark at all cost. That worked out with a razor-thin margin. After three years in the Scirocco R-Cup I can say in retrospect that the decision of running here was definitely the best one in my career. That’s why there’s also a bit of sadness involved now because 2012 was my last season in the R-Cup. But I’d like to stay in the Volkswagen family and continue to develop. The Porsche Carrera Cup is a fantastic series and doing a test there would be a great opportunity for me.”
#10 Kasper Jensen Qualifying 2 – race 2:
“Before the season started I’d been hoping to finish among the top three in the Juniors classification. Now in my first year in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup I’m third in the overall standings and the winner of the Junior Cup. I’m super happy, it couldn’t have gone any better. Of course I’d secretly been hoping to be able to become involved in the battle between Adam Gladysz and Dennis Trebing for second place overall but I’m more than happy with third place.”
#22 Dennis Trebing Qualifying 9 – race 5:
“I’ve never been as nervous before a race as I was today. Of course I wanted to keep second place overall at all cost and started to push straight from the start. I didn’t want to let Adam get away. My set-up today was perfect and I was able to advance quickly and, fortunately, overtake Adam as well. Before the season, I’d said that overall victory was my aim – but Ola was in really good shape this year; he’s the deserving champion. Therefore, the aim for next year can only be overall victory. I want to also thank my sponsors and the entire Volkswagen team very much. Without them, this success wouldn’t have been possible.”
#60 Emanuele Pirro Qualifying 15 – race 13:
“For me as a Le Mans racer, the race with around 20 minutes may have been a bit too short (laughs) because at the finish I still had four push-to-pass attempts left. And I’m not used to driving in close contact, so I didn’t always go all out in countering. In any case, it was a very nice weekend and it’s been incredibly good fun to drive with my old colleagues Frank Biela and Christian Danner. A big thank you goes to Volkswagen for this.”
#61 Christian Danner Qualifying 19 – race 15:
“On my second start in the Scirocco R-Cup I saw the finish line, which of course makes me happy. It’s always huge fun for me to run here. I competed against Emanuele Pirro for the first time in 1984. Back then, we were battling for the title in Formula 3000 and later we ran in Formula One together. Now, duelling on track again after 30 years is a real pleasure. And for me as an RTL Formula One commentator, it’s also good to be sitting in a racing car myself now and then. That way, you never lose sight of the cockpit perspective. All good things come in threes, so I’m already looking forward to the next invitation and will then go flat-out again.”
#67 Nobert Vettel Qualifying 29 – race 23:
“That was super-cool. I had huge fun. In free practice and in qualifying, I still had some room for improvement. I still need a little practice with the push-to-pass button. I’m simply not a member of the Playstation generation any more. In any event, I even respect Sebastian a bit more now because I know how many buttons he’s got on his steering wheel – and I was struggling with just one. These guys have got a special talent to be sure. That’s something you can’t learn. My race was good, I tried to stay out of the commotion at the start and actually stayed in close touch with the field the whole time. Unfortunately, I made a shifting mistake shortly before the end and lost a few seconds that way. But I’d do it again, no doubt about that.”