Formula 3 Grand Prix in MacauMax Verstappen battles back brilliantly in Macau
The fastest lap and the fightback of the race – Max Verstappen made a great impression on his debut at the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau, but missed out on the podium. The future Formula 1 driver started from the back of the grid and worked his way up from 24th into seventh place on the narrow street circuit. This made the Dutchman the top driver “powered by Volkswagen”. Tom Blomqvist (GB) missed out on a potential win at the 61st edition of the classic race. The son of former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist started the race from third on the grid after his result in the qualifying race and even led briefly after the start before a collision on the first lap brought his race to an end. Felix Rosenqvist (S) won the main race after the race was stopped and then restarted behind the safety car. With eight victories, Volkswagen remains the most successful engine manufacturer in the history of the race in Macau.
FIA World Rally ChampionshipOgier wins in Wales to make it an even dozen for Volkswagen
Volkswagen set a new record number of wins in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the final round in Great Britain. The eighth win of the season for world champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) is the twelfth victory in 13 rallies. Ogier/Ingrassia built up a lead of over a minute on the first of three rally days in Wales, which they managed cleverly on Saturday and Sunday. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) finished the Rally Great Britain in eighth after a slip-up on Saturday morning set them back more than three minutes. The Finnish duo won the Power Stage to secure three bonus points. The extremely difficult conditions took their toll on Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N). They came off the road on Friday and Sunday, and finished both days early. Their comeback on Saturday was impressive, however – with five stage wins and four second-fastest times on nine stages.
FIA World Rally ChampionshipVolkswagen celebrates WRC titles in Wolfsburg
Volkswagen is set to celebrate its World Championship titles in the FIA WRC next weekend (Saturday, 22 November) with a driving event in Wolfsburg. Pestalozziallee, a street in the city centre, will be transformed into a rally mile, on which Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen will show off their skills in the Polo R WRC. The spectators will also have the opportunity to see the drivers and co-drivers being interviewed, collect autographs and put their own rally skills to the test in a 4D driving simulator.
* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.
21/11–22/11/2014, South African Rally Championship, Bela-Bela (ZA)