Transalpine RunAcross the Alps on foot: Mikkelsen competing in 2015 Transalpine Run
Andreas Mikkelsen (N) has opted for a unique form of preparation for the Rally Australia (10 to 13 September). The Volkswagen driver is currently taking part in the 2015 Transalpine-Run, at which he is contesting three of the total eight stages. On Saturday, the route led 34.6 kilometres from Oberstdorf (D) to Lech (A), with the 330 teams from 33 countries climbing 2083 metres in the process. Sunday’s second stage took the competitors 24.7 kilometres from Lech to St. Anton (A) and featured a difference in altitude of 1083 metres. On Saturday, Mikkelsen finished ninth out of the 15 guest starters before coming home 30th out of 35 competitors in this class on Sunday. “Respect to the participants who do this all the time,” said the 26 year-old Mikkelsen, who was joined on the run by his Norwegian friend Anders Bidne. “That was really tiring, particularly in temperatures above 30 degrees! At the same time, however, it was also good preparation for the Rally Australia.” Mikkelsen faces a further 39.6 kilometres on his third and final stage from St. Anton to Landeck (A) on Monday. The remaining five stages of the Transalpine Run head towards the finish in Sulden (I), where the race ends next Saturday.
Engen Volkswagen Cup South AfricaVictory for Rowe and Shorter as van der Linde extends his overall lead
Daniel Rowe made his mark on the sixth race weekend of the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa. The South African won one race and finished an impressive second behind compatriot Chris Shorter in the other at the Dezzi Raceway, to the south of Port Shepstone (ZA). In the meantime, Sheldon van der Linde (ZA) managed to extend his lead at the top of the overall standings. The 16-year-old secured pole position in qualifying, before finishing third in race one and second in race two. Van der Linde now leads the championship with 297 points, followed by Mathew Hodges (ZA/264) and Rowe (258). The next two races in the Engen Volkswagen Cup South Africa will take place in Killarney (ZA) on 24 October.
Volkswagen Golf Cup PolandKruger wins both races at the Sachsenring
Jeffrey Kruger dominated proceedings as the Sachsenring (D) hosted the Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland. The South African won both races at the challenging, winding circuit to claim wins number four and five of the season and extend his overall lead in the championship. The fact that he led from start of finish in both races only served to make his achievement all the more impressive. Kruger came home about 5.6 seconds clear of Dylan Pereira (L) and Markus Fluch (S/+7.1 seconds) in the opening race, before finishing ahead of Andre Gies (D/+1.5 seconds) and Michał Gadomski (PL/+2 seconds) in race two. The next races in the Volkswagen Golf Cup Poland take place in Brno (CZ) from 18 to 20 September.
Volkswagen Fun Cup BelgiumTeam Socardenne wins in Zolder
Team Socardenne won the sixth round of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium in Zolder (B). At the end of the three-hour race, the team with the number 280 car came home first, 31.5 seconds clear of Allure Team 1. Third place went to Allure Team 2, who trailed the winners by 1:01 minutes. The endurance race was dominated by many incidents and some sensational battles. The cars at the head of the field were taking no prisoners: Socardenne was embroiled in a thrilling battle with the two Allure teams for vast stretches of the race, before eventually emerging triumphant. The next race weekend of the Volkswagen Fun Cup Belgium takes place in Anneau du Rhin (F) on 3 and 4 October.
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