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Steinhof Wins Scirocco R-Cup Inaugural Race, Brundle Is Third
Posted by: MSulka on Apr 24, 2010 - 06:58 PM
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Steinhof Wins Scirocco R-Cup Inaugural Race, Brundle Is Third


Successful world debut for the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup with innovative bio natural gas power: Maciek Steinhof (Polen) won the captivating season opener of the eco-conscious racing series at Hockenheim in front of Kris Heidorn (Germany) and Formula 1 legend Martin Brundle (Great Britain).

The field of 24 entrants consisting of junior drivers, seasoned racers and four prominent motorsport legends showed a race that was full of diversity and remained captivating up to the final lap. Thanks to the new type of push-to-pass function which puts 50 hp of additional power at the drivers’ fingertips the spectators at the Hockenheim "Motodrom" and in front of their TV sets witnessed spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. The Scirocco R-Cup car that delivers up to 275 hp is powered by bio natural gas produced from renewable resources which reduces CO2 emissions by 80 per cent compared with conventional powertrain concepts.

 

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Pole sitter Kris Heidorn managed a good start and maintained the lead in front of Martin Brundle and Maciek Steinhof. At the beginning of lap 3 Steinhof, the last champion of the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup, passed Brundle and set his sights on the front runner. When Heidorn made a slight mistake on entering the finish straight 24-year-old Steinhof took the lead, running in front of Heidorn by a narrow margin. The 21-year-old driver from Wunstorf (Germany) made more sparing use of the maximum of nine activations of the push-to-pass system than Steinhof in order to be able to perform the crucial overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap. However, after receiving a wrong signal by his pit crew he saw the chequered flag one lap earlier than planned so that he forfeited his two final "extra power" attempts. The "Dakar" winner and two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz fought a number of duels as did the former DTM Champion Frank Biela and Grand Prix legend Jacques Laffite in a first-rate motorsport showing.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:

"We’re very happy, proud and extremely pleased: the world debut of the Scirocco R-Cup delivered first-class sport. The DTM provided the appropriate stage for us to present our ideas, such as the push-to-pass function and eco-conscious bio natural gas power, to a large and enthusiastic audience. The four legends were a tremendous enrichment for the race. I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to all who have helped to make the new Scirocco R-Cup a success. It continues Volkswagen’s long tradition in one-make cup sport and in the promotion of young talent in an innovative manner."

Maciek Steinhof (PL), qualifying: 3rd place, race: 1st place

"It’s simply fantastic to win the first race of the new Scirocco R-Cup. Starting from position three it was not that easy in the beginning: I had to push hard to get past Martin Brundle and Kris Heidorn. What’s more, with the push-to-pass system, it’s very difficult to gain an advantage. This gives the race an additional tactical character. I’m overjoyed, tonight we’ll seriously party."

Kris Heidorn (Wunstorf), qualifying: 1st place, race: 2nd place, Junior Cup: 1st place

"My start was good, after a few laps Maciek closed up to me and passed me after I’d made a slight mistake. But I was able to stay on his heels without any problem and reserved two attempts with the push-to-pass function in order to attack once more just before the end of the race. Unfortunately, I was shown one more lap to go than actually had to be driven. Still, my joy with second place outweighs this mishap; I scored a lot of points and am heading the Junior Cup standings."

Martin Brundle (GB), qualifying: 2nd place, race: 3rd place, Legend Cup: 1st place

"I had a pretty good start but lost second place to Steinhof. He made a very strong showing, was enormously quick in the turns and had the ideal driving style. But I was able to stand my ground well against the young drivers. I’m used to the Le Mans 24 Hours and Formula 1 but the race in the Scirocco R-Cup was as close as racing karts. It was incredibly good fun and now I’ve got a big smile on my face."

Frank Biela (D), qualifying: 10th place, race: 7th place, Legend Cup: 2nd place

"I think this was a great start for the Scirocco R-Cup. It was huge fun driving the car. The push-to-pass system can be very helpful: it’s very easy to see whether the driver in front of or behind you is pushing it and then you’ve got to react. It’s really an exciting thing which you’ve got to manage well throughout the race. It’s a shame that the race was over so early for my daughter Isabelle but such things unfortunately happen in racing."

Carlos Sainz (E), qualifying: 8th place, race: 12th place, Legend Cup: 3rd place

"The race in the Scirocco R-Cup was good fun. It was incredibly tight; right in the first turn I was bumped by another car. In between, I took an excursion off the track and fought some great duels with the young drivers. Switching from the Race Touareg into the Scirocco was really enjoyable."

Jacques Laffite, (F), qualifying: 20th place, race: 17th place, Legend Cup: 4th place

"After the start I managed to overtake a few other drivers but then made some mistakes in the hairpin. Although I was able to improve my times during the race I would have needed a few more laps to really get accustomed to everything. I’m deeply sorry for Isabelle Biela: our tyres touched, it was not intentional."



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