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Monday, 16/01/2017


TCR Middle East


Monday, 28/11/2016


TCR Portugal

Two second places for Abreu and Gião.

Francisco Abreu and Manuel Gião (P/P) claimed two podium places during the last weekend of racing in the TCR Portugal at the wheel of their Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. A total of four sprint races were held at the former Formula 1 circuit in Estoril (P), with the Portuguese pairing finishing fourth in the first two. The Team Novadriver duo fared better in the afternoon, claiming two second places. As well as giving them a positive end to the season, this put Abreu/Gião second in the overall standings for the TCR Portugal.


Monday, 21/11/2016


TCR International Series

Stefano Comini drives the Golf GTI to the TCR title.

Last-minute triumph: Stefano Comini (CH) confirmed his title win in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the season finale of the international TCR series in Macau. The Swiss driver from the Volkswagen customer team Leopard Racing claimed victory in the first race on the legendary street circuit, and then finished fourth in the second race. On the last race weekend, he was able to fend off his closest challenger James Nash (Seat/GB).

 

“I have to thank everyone at Leopard Racing and at Volkswagen Motorsport,” said Comini after the two turbulent races, which were characterised by a host of incidents and interruptions. “This was not an easy season. We had a lot of problems, especially at the start. The Golf GTI TCR developed into a real winning car as the season progressed, and played a major role in the title win thanks to its great reliability.” Comini’s team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay (F) recorded two second-place finishes to claim third in the overall drivers’ standings, underlining just how competitive the Golf GTI TCR is.

 

Three wins in 22 season races were enough for Comini to win the title

 

Ahead from the start: the Volkswagen Golf GTI claimed the title in the international TCR championship in its first full season. Comini needed just three wins and a regular points haul in the 22 races of the 2016 season to record another championship win, having already claimed the title with Seat in 2015. Team-mate Vernay endured an unhappy start to the season, returning empty-handed from three of the five opening races. The French driver turned up the heat after that, contributing three wins to the team victory and challenging for the title right up to the finale in Macau.

 

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – a success story since 2015

 

It came, it saw, it conquered: in July 2015, Volkswagen presented a series-oriented 330 HP concept car, based on the seventh-generation Golf. Constructed according to the TCR regulations, it was intended for use in a customer sport programme from the 2016 season. To speed up development, the Golf was tested on the track under competitive conditions at the final race weekends of the TCR International Series. The renowned Liqui Moly Team Engstler was responsible for the cars in competition. The test proved to be a success: the first race in Austria brought the first win for the touring car from Wolfsburg - starting the success story for the Golf GTI TCR.

 

International success - racing Golf celebrates wins around the world

 

2016 marked the start of the next chapter: Andy Yan (HK, Liqui Moly Team Engstler) claimed the first title win with the Golf GTI TCR in the TCR Asia – confirmed before the season finale in in Macau. Romain de Leval (B, Delahaye Racing) was also successful in the TCR Benelux, winning the Junior title. Francisco Abreu/Manuel Gião (P/P, Team Novadriver) are still in with a chance of the title as they approach the finale of the Portuguese TCR championship in Estoril (26th–27th November).


TCR Asia

82-point cushion – Andy Yan wins the title in style.

Andy Yan really made his mark on the 2016 season of the TCR Asia. The Liqui Moly Team Engstler driver scored 220 points from ten races in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, winning five. Following the penultimate race weekend in Malaysia, his lead over second-placed Kevin Tse (TeamWork Motorsport) – another Golf GTI TCR driver – was so great that Yan could no longer be denied the title at the finale in Macau.

The highlight of the season in the popular touring car championship was held in the urban canyons of Macau. Yan picked up a further 25 points to end the year 82 points clear of Tse. First season, first title – Yan and the Golf GTI TCR could hardly have wished for a better year.


Thursday, 17/11/2016


TCR International Series

The fantastic four.

Showdown in Macau: The race for the title in the TCR International Series will be decided this weekend (18-20 November) on the iconic circuit in the Chinese special administrative region. And the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is in the thick of it: from a Volkswagen point of view, last year’s champion Stefano Comini of customer team Leopard Racing has the best chance of clinching the title again. The Swiss driver has 245 points to his name and, with 55 points up for grabs, trails championship leader James Nash (Seat) by 17 points.

Seat driver Pepe Oriola (229 points) and Comini‘s team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay (223) complete the title-chasing quartet. It is important to mention here that championship leader Nash is the only one of the “fantastic four” who will have to carry success weight at the 6.2-kilometre circuit. 30 kilograms. A heavy load. It is going to be exciting, as the races through the jungle of crash barriers in Macau have regularly treated spectators to high-class duels in the past.

The first race in Macau begins at 10:05 local time (UTC+8) on Sunday. The lights go green for race two at 11:20 local time. Both races will be broadcast live on the TCR livestream.


Sale 2017


 

Dear teams, customer and potential buyers,

 

We would like to inform you that the production plan of the new Golf GTI TCR is fixed for 2017. We will deliver the cars from end of January 2017 to end of march 2017.

 

Because of the high interest in the Golf GTI TCR for 2017 we recommend to order the Golf for 2017 as soon as possible. Therewith you could get one of the first cars and we could guarantee you a car for 2017.

 

According the slogan – “first in first out” – who orders and make its prepayment first gets first.

Attention:

  • The 2017 model has a better aero dynamic package (The front and rear wheel housing are open and the fender is adjusted.
     
  • You could order two types of transmission.
    • DSG transmission – price 90.000 Euro excl. VAT -> recommend just for endurance races e.g. VLN/24h
    • Sequential transmission – price 110.000 Euro excl. VAT
       
  • We recommend to buy the “TCR Scrutineering”-logger (2.000 Euro) with the car. This data logger is not necessary for each series (must be checked by yourself) but if you order the data logger you know that the data logger works, we have checked it and you could sale the car in the future easier. 

 

Coming soon (end of November)

We will inform you about….

  • “upgrade“-KIT (prices, parts, etc.) for the model change from 2016 to 2017
  • “setup”- KIT (prices, parts, etc.)
  • “endurance”-KIT (prices, parts, etc.)
  • updated “SEQ parts catalog”  + “SEQ pricelist”
  • new “DSG parts catalog” + “DSG pricelist”
  • EXCLUSIVE PARTS SALE for 2017 (not for cars or KITs)

 

Best regards,

Your Volkswagen Motorsport customer sport team

 

Download: TCR vehicle order 


Monday, 31/10/2016


TCR Benelux

De Leval wins Junior title in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

Romain de Leval claimed the Junior title in his Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the sixth and final race weekend of the TCR Benelux series in Mettet, Belgium. The driver from the Delahaye team finished fourth in the opening race and fifth in race two. Alexis van de Poele, who shares the cockpit of the Golf GTI TCR with de Leval, also had cause for celebration. Van de Poele finished third to claim a spot on the podium in the fourth and final race. The Belgian also came home fourth in race three.


Monday, 24/10/2016


TCR Benelux

Podium places for Potty and Richard in the Golf GTI TCR.

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR drivers Maxime Potty (B) and Amaury Richard (F) both made it onto the podium on the fifth weekend of racing in the TCR Benelux. A total of four races were held in the Dutch city of Assen in difficult, changeable weather conditions. Potty crossed the line third in the first race, then the young Belgian took second place in race two. Richard finished third in the other two races at the wheel of the Golf GTI TCR to gain a place on the podium as well. Alexis van de Poele (B) finished fifth twice and his fellow Volkswagen driver Loris Hezemans (B) scored a strong fourth-place finish. This puts Potty at the top of the Junior standings and gives him fourth place in the overall standings, followed by van de Poele. The season finale of the TCR Benelux will be held in Mettet (B) on 29 and 30 October.


Tuesday, 04/10/2016


TCR International Series

Podium for Comini in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

Stefano Comini (CH) claimed another podium finish in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at round ten of the TCR International Series. The Leopard Racing team driver finished second behind Roberto Colciago (I/Honda) in the opening race in Sepang (MAL). Third place went to championship leader James Nash (GB/Seat). Comini had to settle 18th place in race to, after picking up a 30-second penalty for causing a collision. Comini’s team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay (F) finished fifth in both races. Comini tightened his grip on second place in the overall standings and now lies behind Nash (262) and ahead of Pepe Oriola (Seat/229) with 245 points to his name. Vernay is fourth overall with 223 points. The season finale will take place in Macau (CN) from 18 to 20 November.


TCR Germany

Two fifth-place finishes for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR .

Benjamin Leuchter (D) and Kai Jordan (D) claimed to 5th-place finishes with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the season finale of the TCR Germany series at the Hockenheimring (D). Leuchter crossed the line fifth in race one after 17 laps of racing. The win went to Josh Files (GB/Honda), who also secured overall victory. Tom Lautenschlager (D) and Jordan finished seventh and ninth in their Golf GTI TCR cars. Jordan ended Sunday’s second race in fifth place, with Steve Kirsch (D/Honda) taking the win.


Monday, 26/09/2016


TCR Benelux

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR celebrates two wins in Colmar-Berg.

The WRT team brought home a total of two wins with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the TCR Benelux Championship race weekend in Colmar-Berg (L). The team got the first win in the main race of 60 minutes, in which Maxime Potty (B) and Stefano Comini (CH) took turns at the wheel of the Golf. In the first two sprint races, Potty finished in second place twice, then team-mate Comini rounded off the weekend with a win in the third sprint race. Comini's retirement in the fourth race was bearable for the team given the otherwise strong weekend. The next TCR Benelux race weekend will be held in Assen in the Netherlands, from 22 to 23 October.


Monday, 19/09/2016


TCR International Series

Victory in Singapore: Vernay triumphs, ahead of Comini.

Jean-Karl Vernay (F) claimed victory with the Golf GTI TCR at the ninth race weekend of the TCR International Series in Singapore. The driver from Volkswagen customer team Leopard Racing came home ahead of team-mate Stefano Comini (CH) and Pepe Oriola (E, SEAT) on Saturday. Comini and Vernay finished fourth and sixth in race two on Sunday. Several safety car phases prevented the duo achieving better results. Victory went to Mikhail Grachev (RUS) in the Honda Civic TCR. Davit Kajaia (GE) of Volkswagen customer team Engstler was eighth.

 

The Drivers’ Championship could hardly be more exciting: with two race weekends remaining, Comini is now just two points behind the leader, James Nash (GB). Vernay is fourth, 28 points off the lead.


Friday, 16/09/2016


TCR International Series

Close doesn’t begin to describe it.

Three events remain in the TCR International Series and nothing has been decided yet. On the contrary: the last race weekend in Thailand saw a continuation of the back-and-forth at the top of the overall standings, with a three-way battle developing for the lead. 

 

Currently in pole position in the overall standings: James Nash. He is seven points ahead of second-placed Pepe Oriola. Also in the title race: Swiss driver Stefano Comini from Volkswagen customer team Leopard Racing, who is third and just ten points off the top.

 

The goals for the upcoming race weekend in Singapore are clear: get back to the top with the 330-hp Golf GTI TCR and reclaim the position that Comini had held before the last race weekend in Thailand. The 26-year-old then aims to retain that position until the end of the season. And he has a good chance of doing just that. The very thing that stopped Comini from recording a better result in Thailand could now work in his favour - the distribution of success ballast weight dependent on the most recent results. Comini will start the race with the lightest car of the top three. The Swiss driver’s Golf GTI TCR is 40 kilograms lighter than Oriola’s SEAT, and fully 50 kilograms lighter than Nash’s. 

 

Jean-Karl Vernay is another promising driver who will be competing for the Leopard Racing team in the Asian metropolis. The Frenchman has already claimed victory in two races this season. 

 

The race will also feature three more Golf GTI TCRs, driven by Davit Kajaia and Filipe C. De Souza (both Team Engstler) and Neric Wei Chaoyin from the Son Veng Racing Team. See the races in the TCR live stream.


Monday, 12/09/2016


TCR Portugal

Abreu does it – win number one for the Golf GTI TCR in Portugal.

Francisco Abreu (Team Novadriver) earned a maiden TCR Portugal victory for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The Portuguese driver won race two in Jerez de la Frontera in the 330-hp touring car from Wolfsburg. Remarkably, the 22-year-old defending champion in the Portuguese TCR championship was making his debut at the former Formula One circuit in the Spanish region of Andalusia at the weekend.

Abreu’s team-mate, the experienced Portuguese Manuel Gião, rounded off the team’s success with a third place in race one. These latest results mean the two Volkswagen drivers still have a chance of winning the TCR Portugal title. The lights will go green for the final races in Estoril on 21 and 22 November. What will the weekend have in store for Team Novadriver?


Monday, 29/08/2016


TCR International Series

Two fourth places for Volkswagen driver Comini in Thailand.

Stefano Comini (CH) was the best-placed Volkswagen driver at the eighth race weekend of the TCR International Series in Buriram (T). The Swiss, from Volkswagen customer team Leopard Racing, finished fourth in both races at the Chang International Circuit. A further two Golf GTI TCR drivers finished in the top ten in race one, in the form of Comini’s team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay (F) in fifth and Davit Kajaia (GE, Engstler Motorsport) in tenth place.

Kajaia came home fifth behind Comini in race two, while Vernay finished eighth to score valuable championship points. Victory in Thailand went to Seat drivers Pepe Oriola (E) and James Nash (GB). Comini is now third in the Drivers’ Championship with 194 points to his name, just ten points behind the new leader Nash (204 points). Next up for the TCR International Series is the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore on 16 and 17 September.


Friday, 26/08/2016


TCR International Series

30 kilograms of extra weight for Buriram.

It is finally back, after an eight-week summer break: the TCR International Series returns to action at the Chang International Circuit this weekend. Stefano Comini, of Volkswagen customer team Leopard Racing, travels to Buriram leading the Drivers’ Championship with 169 points – one point more than Seat driver Pepe Oriola.

Comini has a heavy burden to bear this weekend: the defending champion must load the maximum 30 kilograms of success ballast onto his Golf GTI TCR. This is thanks to the 40 points he scored in Sochi, when he secured pole position, won race one and finished fifth in race two.

The races in Thailand herald the Asian leg of the season for the international TCR series, as the competitors enter the business end of the championship. Buriram is followed by Singapore, before Macau hosts the season finale on 20 November. The title race is still wide open: the top six in the Drivers’ Championship are separated by just 37 points, with a maximum 220 still up for grabs. Jean-Karl Vernay, Comini’s team-mate at Leopard Racing, is also still in the hunt for the title. Vernay currently lies fourth with 146 points.

The opening race in Buriram begins at 12:25 local time 07:25 CET). The lights go green for race two at 13:55 local time (08:55 CET). Both races will be broadcast live in the TCR live stream.


Monday, 22/08/2016


TCR Germany

Two fourth-place finishes for youngster Zimmermann.

Tim Zimmermann claimed two good results at the penultimate race weekend of the TCR Germany series in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The 19-year-old crossed the finish line fourth in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in both races. The other Volkswagen drivers also claimed top-ten finishes in some wet weather at the winding circuit, which is nestled in the dunes on the North Sea coast: Nicklas Mackschin was sixth in race two, ahead of Benjamin Leuchter in seventh place. Tom Lautenschlager and Kai Jordan finished ninth and tenth in the same race. The two races were won by Seat drivers Harald Proczyk and Antti Buri. The final round of the TCR Germany will take place at the Hockenheimring from 30 September to 2 October.


TCR Benelux

Radermecker bags a brace of wins in Zolder.

Vincent Radermecker claimed two wins at the third race weekend of the TCR Benelux series in Zolder. Radermecker, at the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, won the first two of four races. Volkswagen had two reasons to celebrate in race one, as Didier van Dalen ollowed him home in second place in a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The best-placed Volkswagen driver in race three was Alexis van de Poele, who finished third and is currently the top Volkswagen driver in the championship in fourth place. Colmarberg hosts the next TCR Benelux races from 23 to 25 September.


TCR Asia

One-two-three in Shanghai: Yan on course for the title in a Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

Andy Yan took a big step towards winning the title at the Shanghai International Circuit. The driver from the Volkswagen customer team Engstler Motorsport won both races at the Formula One circuit. Race two actually produced a one-two-three for the 330-hp Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Kevin Tse (Team Work Motorsport) finished runner-up, ahead of Yan’s team-mate at Engstler Motorsport, Filipe de Souza, in third place. With two race weekends remaining and a maximum 110 points up for grabs, Yan holds a 65-point lead over Tse in the overall standings. The next races will take place in Zhejiang on 22 and 23 October.


Thursday, 18/08/2016


TCR Germany

TCR action in Zandvoort.

The inaugural season of the ADAC TCR Germany is rapidly approaching judgement day: the touring car series enters its penultimate round this weekend with races eleven and twelve of the season at the circuit on the North Sea coast in Zandvoort. The focus will be on championship leader Josh Files (25, Great Britain, Target Competition), who has “match point” in the Netherlands and could be crowned the series’ first champion in his Honda Civic TCR with races to spare. Files currently leads the Drivers’ Championship with 168 points, followed in second place by Harald Proczyk (Seat/118).

 

The starting grid will once again feature five Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs. The best-placed Volkswagen driver in the field is currently Benjamin Leuchter (D), who finished fifth and sixth in his bright-red Golf GTI TCR at the latest race weekend at the Nürburgring. With 92 points to his name, Leuchter is just 16 behind the third-placed driver, Steve Kirsch (Honda/108). However, he must also keep an eye on the drivers behind him, with fifth-placed Mike Halder just four points back.

 

Tom Lautenschlager of Liqui Moly Team Engstler will also be in action at the winding Zandvoort circuit. The 17-year-old produced a solid display last time out with top-ten results at the Nürburgring, and is looking to build on this in the Netherlands. Lautenschlager currently holds a comfortable lead in the TCR Junior class with 201 points, ahead of Dominik Fugel (Honda/161).

 

Both TCR races from Zandvoort will be broadcast live on Sport1 and on the TCR live stream (http://www.adac-motorsport.de/livestream-adac-tcr-germany.html).


Monday, 08/08/2016


TCR Germany

Leuchter picks up valuable points.

Benjamin Leuchter (D) scored valuable points towards the TCR Germany Drivers’ Championship with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at his home event at the Nürburgring. The driver from the Racing One team finished sixth in Saturday’s opening race in the Eifel region. He then went one better on the Sunday, finishing fifth.

 

Tom Lautenschlager (D) of the Engstler team also had cause for celebration in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, ending both races as the best-placed junior. The next race weekend in TCR Germany takes place from 19 to 21 August in Zandvoort (NL).


Thursday, 04/08/2016


TCR Germany

Fortune at home?

The crucial phase of TCR Germany is here – the fifth of seven race weekends will be held at the Nürburgring and right in the thick of the battle for the podium positions in the overall standings is Benjamin Leuchter in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. 

Despite often being dogged by bad luck in recent races, the man from Duisburg is only 24 points off third place in the overall classification as it stands. He now heads to his home event in the Eifel full of anticipation.

 

Benjamin Leuchter in the Eifel with the Golf GTI TCR – that rings a bell? Yes! At the beginning of May, the 28-year-old set a new record of 7:49.21 minutes for front-wheel drive production cars in his company car at the "Green Hell".

 

It may only be the 3.629-kilometre Nürburgring this weekend, but Leuchter still gets that feeling of being at home: "I love being there, a great deal of my entire life identifies with this track. The Nürburgring is our living room. I'm practically at home there. My team and I will do our best to force a turnaround there. I am looking forward to the Eifel."

 

The two races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, each starting at 12:00 p.m. CEST. Sport1 and the TCR live stream will broadcast the event live.


Monday, 25/07/2016


TCR Germany

Leuchter and Lautenschlager best-placed Volkswagen drivers in Styria.

Four finishes in the top 10 – that was the story of the fourth race weekend of the TCR Germany season for the Golf GTI TCR. Benjamin Leuchter (D, Racing One) and Tom Lautenschlager (D, Engstler Motorsport) were the best-placed Volkswagen drivers. Leuchter claimed sixth place in the first race on Saturday afternoon. Tim Zimmermann (D, Engstler Motorsport) finished ninth in the 330 HP touring car from Wolfsburg. Victory went to Josh Files (GB, Honda). Lautenschlager finished fifth in the second race in Styria, while Kai Jordan (D, JBR Motorsport) also recorded a top 10 finish as he crossed the line in ninth place. Steve Kirsch (D, Honda) was victorious in the second race.


Friday, 22/07/2016


TCR Germany

Two firsts in Styria.

The time for rest and recuperation is over. After over a month’s break, the engines are ready to roar back to life in the TCR Germany this weekend. The Red Bull Ring in Austria will provide the backdrop for some top racing action and two firsts: the two races in Styria represent the first events in the new race series from the German Automobile Association ADAC to take place outside of Germany. In addition to this, there will be a new face behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Niklas Mackschin.

The 21-year-old driver from Lower Saxony will compete for the Volkswagen customer team Engstler Motorsport, replacing Switzerland’s Daniel Conrad, who will miss the rest of the season due to injury. Mackschin is already familiar with the 330 HP touring car from Wolfsburg. He recorded surprising eighth- and ninth-place finishes in Oschersleben, as a guest starter in the TCR International Series.

Tim Zimmermann, Mackschin’s team-mate at Engstler Motorsport, made it onto the podium with a third-place finish in the last TCR Germany race in Oschersleben. “We nearly got the first win of the season in Oschersleben,” says an optimistic Zimmermann. “If we get it right, we’ll make the podium. Our goal is now to top the podium, at long last.”

Reaching the podium is also the goal for Benjamin Leuchter. The driver from Duisburg, competing for the Racing One team, has climbed to fifth in the overall standings and is the best-placed Volkswagen driver. After his disappointing weekend in Oschersleben, where he scored just four points, Leuchter is ready to go on the attack again in his red Golf GTI TCR. The first race starts at 15:40 on Saturday, while the second race is scheduled for 10:40 on Sunday. Both races will be broadcast on Sport1 and on the TCR live stream.


Monday, 18/07/2016


TCR Benelux

Radermecker wins in the Golf GTI TCR.

Victory for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – Vincent Radermecker guided the 330-hp touring car from Wolfsburg to success at the second race weekend of the TCR Benelux series. The Belgian from the Milo Racing team won race two in Zandvoort. Radermecker also finished a fine third in the opening race at the ex-Formula One circuit. Amaury Richard of Volkswagen customer team Delahaye Racing also impressed in the Golf GTI TCR: he was embroiled in a thrilling battle with Norbert Michelisz in race one and eventually finished runner-up behind the Honda driver, who also races in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Victories in races three and four went to Jeffrey Van Hooydonk and Loris Hezemans (both Seat).


Monday, 11/07/2016


TCR Portugal

Team Novadriver second in Portimão with the Golf GTI TCR.

Team Novadriver claimed a podium finish at the third race weekend of the TCR Portugal in Portimão (P). The Portuguese duo of Francisco Abreu/Manuel Gião alternated at the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in the four races at the 4.692-kilometre racetrack in the south of Portugal. Gião finished an impressive second in race four, clocking the fastest lap of the race to cross the finish line behind Francisco Mora (P/Seat), who won all four of the weekend’s races. Gião had previously come home eighth in the opening race of the weekend. Team-mate Abreu narrowly missed out on the podium in race three, but had to settle for fourth place.


Tuesday, 06/07/2016


TCR Germany


Monday, 04/07/2016


TCR International Series


Thursday, 30/06/2016


TCR International Series

TCR action in Sochi.

Racing at the Black Sea – the TCR International Series is in Sochi this weekend. The site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games now plays host to top-class motorsport. Spectators at the 5.853-kilometre Grand Prix circuit, venue for Formula One races since 2014, can look forward to thrilling door-to-door battles.

In the thick of the action will be Volkswagen customer teams Leopard Racing and Engstler Motorsport, who line up with the 330-hp Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay of the Leopard Racing, who is currently fifth overall with 115 points, has already won twice this season. Team-mate Stefano Comini may have one win fewer to his name, but he does have 13 points more than Vernay. With 128 points, Comini is fourth in the championship, 17 points behind leader Pepe Oriola (Seat).

Anyone wishing to follow the action in Sochi live can do so via the TCR live stream at www.tcr-series.tv. The first race starts at 13:25 CET, while the lights go green for race two at 15:30.


Monday, 27/06/2016


TCR Portugal

Second and third place for the Golf GTI TCR in Vila Real.

 

Manuel Gião (P) and Francisco Abreu (P) brought home two podium positions with the Golf GTI TCR. At the second race weekend of the TCR Portugal, Gião of Novadriver finished in third place in the first race in Vila Real (P). Team-mate Abreu went one better in the second race and came home second. Abreu had already finished in second place in the Golf developed for the racetrack by Volkswagen Motorsport in race two at the season opener in Braga (P).


Monday, 20/06/2016


TCR Germany

Zimmermann finishes on the podium.

Podium still not enough: the third race weekend of the TCR Germany series saw Tim Zimmerman (D) finish third in his Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in race two in Oschersleben (D). It looked for a long time as though the German from the Engstler Motorsport team was set for his first victory in the new touring car series, which is run by the ADAC automobile club.

Zimmermann had led the race, but was overtaken on the final lap by eventual winner Josh Files (GB, Seat) and Bas Schouten (NL, Seat). “I did not expect Files to be on my inside as we came out of the chicane,” says Zimmermann. “But all of a sudden there he was on the inside, and then through he went. That was definitely my mistake. I am really disappointed.” Benjamin Leuchter (D) endured an unfortunate weekend. The German from the Racing One team fought back from 15th to fifth, before suffering a puncture on the final lap and dropping back to 14th.

Leuchter started race one from last but one on the grid, but came through to finish as the best-placed Volkswagen driver in eighth. Victory in the opening race went to Dominik Fugel (D, Honda). Leuchter remains fifth overall with 62 points to his name and is still the best-placed driver of a Golf GTI TCR. Zimmermann lies seventh with 53 points. The next race weekend takes place from 22 to 24 July at the Red Bull Ring (A).


TCR International Series

Sixth place for Comini in Oschersleben.

Top-ten results for the Volkswagen Golf TCR at the sixth race weekend of the TCR International Series: Stefano Comini (CH) of customer team Leopard Racing produced a magnificent fightback from the back of the field to finish as the best-placed Volkswagen driver in sixth place in race two in Oschersleben (D). Comini had collided with another car and dropped back through the field on the opening lap. Jean-Karl Vernay (F) was also involved in a crash on lap one.

However, unlike his team-mate Comini, he was unable to continue and was forced to retire. Niklas Mackschin (D) of the Engstler Motorsport team was eighth, while team-mate Gary Sheehan (USA) came home eleventh. Victory went to Pepe Oriola (E, Seat). Race one in the Magdeburger Börde region of Germany saw Vernay finish sixth, making him the best-placed Volkswagen driver.

Comini was once again involved in a collision on the opening lap, before crashing out on lap twelve. Davit Kajaia (GE) of the Engstler Motorsport team was eighth, Mackschin ninth. The race was won by Mat'o Homola (SK, Seat). Comini is fourth in the overall standings with 128 points. Vernay lies fifth with 115 points to his name. The Sochi Autodrom Grand Prix circuit in Russia hosts the next race weekend from 1 to 3 July.


Thursday, 16/06/2016


TCR


Tuesday, 14/06/2016


TCR Germany | Background


Sunday, 05/06/2016


TCR International Series


Friday, 03/06/2016


TCR International Series

Golf driver Comini eager to take the lead.

Tourists around the world are familiar with Salzburg. The castle located above the beautiful old town, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Mozartkugel marzipan and praline confectionary named after the composer are what instantly spring to mind when it comes to the city on the Salzach river.

 

However, the engines will be roaring once again just 15 kilometres outside the city this weekend. The Salzburgring is hosting the TCR International Series. And it will be far from harmonious. Wheel-to-wheel duels are guaranteed on the high-speed track. In the thick of the action: The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. Four of them to be precise.

 

All eyes will be on Stefano Comini. The man from Switzerland is within striking distance of the lead in the overall standings after another win at the last race in Imola, Italy. Spaniard Pepe Oriola (Seat) leads by just 15 points. 25 points are awarded for each race victory and two races are scheduled. A strong race weekend at the 4.241-kilometre track would see Comini leave as the overall leader.

 

However, Comini will start with a competitive disadvantage in Austria. His win in Imola means that he must load 30 kilogrammes of additional weight into his 330 hp Golf GTI TCR. However, front-runner Oriola will also have 20 kilogrammes on board. Meaning that the disadvantage for Volkswagen driver Comini won't be all that great. 

 

There will be a change in the driver line-up of the two Volkswagen teams in the TCR International Series compared with the races in Imola. The 18-year-old Austrian Florian Janits will make his debut in the TCR International Series at his home race. The Georgian Davit Kajaia will take the wheel of the second Golf GTI TCR of Team Engstler. Jean-Karl Vernay and source of hope Comini will compete in the turquoise Golf GTI TCR of Leopard Racing.


Monday, 23/05/2016


TCR International Series


TCR Benelux

Impressive debut from Belgian duo De Leval/Van der Poele.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR only narrowly missed out on a place on the podium more than once at the opening round of the TCR Benelux series in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Belgian duo Romain de Leval/Alexis Van de Poele of Volkswagen customer team Delahaye finished fourth in three of the four races. In doing so, they scored valuable points towards the overall standings. After the first race weekend of the season, the two Belgians are third in the championship with 66 points and lead the junior class.

Kevin Balthazar/Fred Bouvy of Volkswagen customer team Milo Racing also impressed. They finished fifth in two races and sixth in one. This puts them seventh overall with 28 points. The championship leaders after the opening round are Stéphane Lemeret/Tiago Monteiro in their Honda Civic, who won race one. The remaining victories at the former Formula One circuit went to brothers Edouard and Guillaume Mondron in a SEAT Leon, and Renaud Kuppens, who won races three and four in a Honda Civic.


Thursday, 19/05/2016


TCR International Series


Tuesday, 17/05/2016


TCR Asia


TCR Portugal

Three out of four – podiums for Team Novadriver.

Three reasons to celebrate: three of the four races at the opening round of the TCR Portugal season featured a driver from Team Novadriver on the podium. Portuguese driver Manuel Gião finished runner-up in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in the opening race at the Circuito Vasco Sameiro in Braga.

Race two saw compatriot Fancisco Abreu come home second in the Golf, which was developed for the racetrack by Volkswagen Motorsport. Abreu was also the best-placed Volkswagen driver in race three, finishing fifth on the 3.02-kilometre track in the north of Portugal. In the fourth race, Gião produced a dazzling fightback, which demonstrated the huge potential of the 330-hp touring car from Wolfsburg: after a disappointing start, the 2011 Spanish touring car champion fought back to finish third.

“In race four, I was somewhat disappointed in the end, as we had the potential to win,” said Gião. “Although I started from sixth and recovered a lot of positions, I could do no better than third, despite giving it everything.” Gião will have the opportunity to prove that the Golf GTI TCR is a winning car on 25 and 26 June, when the Circuito de Vila Real hosts the TCR Portugal.


Monday, 09/05/2016


35th GTI Meet at Lake Wörthersee


Sunday, 08/05/2016


TCR International Series

Triple success for the Golf GTI TCR in Spa-Francorchamps.

The third race weekend of the TCR International Series ended with a one-two-three result for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. In the second race in Spa-Francorchamps (B), Jean-Karl Vernay (F) of Leopard Racing won ahead of his team-mates Stefano Comini (CH) and Antti Buri (FIN).

It was the first success this season for the 330 hp Volkswagen GTI TCR and it was the first ever TCR win for Vernay and Leopard Racing – and not far from the team headquarters in Luxembourg. "What can I say, except that I'm happy to have given Leopard and Volkswagen a first win," said Vernay. "My team-mates and I drove an attacking but careful race and everything worked out the way we expected."

In the first race on the renowned Grand Prix track in the Belgian Ardennes, Davit Kajaia (GE) of Engstler Motorsport in seventh place was the best Volkswagen driver. Guest starter Buri, who is usually in action in the TCR Germany, finished tenth; Mikhail Grachev (RUS, Engstler Motorsport) and Vernay finished in eleventh and 14th place. Difficulties forced Comini to retire on the first lap. The next race weekend will be held in Imola (I) from 20 to 22 May.


Tuesday, 03/05/2016


TCR International Series

The Golf GTI TCR put to the test in the Ardennes.

The TCR International Series heads to a real highlight on the race calendar this weekend: Spa-Francorchamps. The track just under seven kilometres in length in the Ardennes is regarded as one of the best tracks in the world by many drivers and motorsport enthusiasts. Not least because it has played host to many spectacular races due to the unpredictable weather and the demanding characteristics of the track.
 

The third event of the season will be a real test for the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The many demanding turns, climbs and downhill sections are a challenge for both drivers and their cars. The last event in the TCR International Series was held in Estoril. A track that in part has similarly demanding passages and turns to those at the Ardennes track in Spa-Francorchamps. The Golf GTI TCR was one of the fastest cars in Portugal. Switzerland's Stefano Comini of Leopard Racing finished in third place in the Golf GTI TCR in the first race, and in second place in the second race. His team-mate Jean-Karl Vernay of France put in a similarly strong performance; finishing second in one race and fifth in the other. 

 

With a total of 41 points, Comini is currently in fifth place in the championship standings, Vernay is one place behind him with 31 points. Comini is 29 points off the top position, which is occupied by former Formula 1 driver Gianni Morbidelli, but he is just 15 points off the top three. The two other Volkswagen drivers of Team Engstler, Davit Kajaia and Mikhail Grachev, are currently placed in tenth and 16th place. The 18 drivers will once again contest two races over 30 minutes or nine laps at the weekend in Spa-Francorchamps. The two races will be broadcast via live stream at www.tcr-series.tv.


Monday, 02/05/2016


TCR Germany

Leuchter and Zimmermann on the podium in the Golf GTI TCR.

At the second race weekend of the new touring car series ADAC TCR Germany, at the Sachsenring, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR once again proved that it can deliver high speeds. Tim Zimmermann from Team Engstler claimed second place in his first race on Saturday, and crossed the line in third position in the second race on Sunday. Benjamin Leuchter from Team Racing One just missed out on a win in Sunday's race, which was characterised by thrilling duels and numerous incidents. At the finish, he was just 0.910 seconds slower than the victorious Antti Buri (Seat) from Finland.

Leuchter is the best-placed Volkswagen driver in the overall standings, with 58 points in third place, behind Harald Proczyk (Seat/70) and Josh Files (Seat/63). Zimmermann is currently fifth overall with 38 points. The next races in the ADAC TCR Germany series will take place in Oschersleben, from 17 to 19 June.


Thursday, 28/04/2016


TCR Germany

Seconds out, round two: TCR Germany at the Sachsenring.

The opposition is seeing red. Bright red. That is the colour of Benjamin Leuchter’s Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The German from the Racing One team shone with second and fourth place in Oschersleben on the opening race weekend of TCR Germany. Leuchter now travels to the Sachsenring in second place in the Drivers’ Championship, with 34 points to his name. This is the venue for races three and four of the ADAC’s new touring car series, which will take place on the weekend of 1 May.

It is ten years since Leuchter last raced at the iconic, 3.671-kilometre circuit. Back then he started from pole position. “I really like the circuit,” he says. “We will try our very best, even though it will be difficult. I am really determined and have my sights set on a top-five finish.” Leuchter’s 34 points in the Drivers’ Championship see him trail championship leader Josh Files (Seat) by 17 points.

Also in action at the wheel of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the Sachsenring will be Tom Lautenschläger and Daniel Conrad of the Engstler team, as well as Kai Jordan of the H&R Spezialfedern team. Like Leuchter, they will be out to show the opposition the huge potential of the 330-hp touring car from Wolfsburg. The first race begins at 12:00 on Saturday 30 April. The lights go green for race two at 10:25 on May Day. Both races will be broadcast live on Sport1 and in livestream on the ADAC homepage.


Monday, 25/04/2016


TCR International Series

Impressive start for Leopard Racing with the Golf GTI TCR in Estoril.

The Leopard Racing customer team enjoyed a fine debut with its new 330-hp Volkswagen GTI TCR, as the Circuito Estoril in Portugal hosted the TCR International Series for the first time. Jean-Karl Vernay (F) and Stefano Comini (CH) finished second and third in race one.

Comini also produced a great display in the second race, first climbing into third place and then hanging onto that position until the chequered flag. Vernay was involved in a collision, through no fault of his own, after which he was unable to call on the full power of his Golf GTI TCR. Despite this, he still came home a respectable fifth. “We made impressive progress, far exceeding our expectations,” said Comini after the race. “We are improving gradually. All that is missing now is a win.”


Wednesday, 20/04/2016


TCR International Series

Golf GTI TCR ready for the next international challenge.

Next stop: Estoril. After the season-opener in the desert state of Bahrain, the TCR International Series now moves onto the next racetrack, at which Formula One races were held until 1996. The former Grand Prix track at “Circuito Estoril” hosts races three and four of the season.

European touring car champion Davit Kajaia of the Engstler Motorsport team narrowly missed out on a spot on the podium in Bahrain in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR. The Georgian finished fourth in race two in his 330-hp Golf GTI TCR. However, he did show glimpses of how competitive the touring car from Wolfsburg promises to be. Kajaia is now looking to back up this promising display in Estoril. He is currently sixth in the championship with 14 points.

Two of the remaining three Volkswagen drivers also finished in the points in Bahrain. Swiss driver Stefano Comini came home seventh in race one to score six points, while Russia’s Mikhail Grachev picked up one point for his tenth place. Both are out to improve in Estoril, although this will not be an easy undertaking. The 4.18-kilometre circuit has many tight corners and undulations, making it a real challenge.

The second race weekend of the season features two 15-lap races. Unlike at the opening round of the TCR International Series, both races will be held on Sunday. In total, 17 cars have registered. The races will be broadcast in livestream (www.tcr-series.tv) from 12:15 and 17:55 Central European Summer Time (CEST).


Monday, 18/04/2016


TCR Germany

Second place for Leuchter in the Golf GTI.

Volkswagen driver Benjamin Leuchter (D) claimed a podium finish at the inaugural TCR Germany race in Oschersleben. The first race of the ADAC’s new touring car series saw Leuchter finish runner-up in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR for the Racing One team. The German actually led for a long time at the circuit in the Magdeburger Börder region of Germany. However, with just nine minutes of the race remaining, Leuchter was passed by eventual winner Josh Files (Seat) after a thrilling duel.

British driver Files also won the second race on Sunday, with Leuchter missing out on the podium by half a second. He crossed the finish line fourth behind Jürgen Schmarl (A, Seat) and Harald Proczyk (A). The next races in the TCR Germany will take place at the Sachsenring from 29 April to 01 May.


Thursday, 14/04/2016


TCR Germany

Spectacular debut for the Golf GTI at TCR Germany.

The long wait is over. The inaugural season of TCR Germany starts this weekend and the four Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will be looking to put on a spectacular show. The new touring car series is set to deliver exciting race action at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The setting is ideal: TCR Germany is part of the supporting programme for the ADAC GT Masters, the grand tourer championship whose spectacular races are a big draw for spectators.

Six Golf GTI TCRs will be taking part in the race at Oschersleben, and this thoroughbred race car has already delighted drivers and fans alike during winter testing. The Engstler team drivers in Oschersleben are Daniel Conrad, Tim Zimmermann, Mike Halder and Tom Lautenschlager, while Benjamin Leuchter will represent Racing One and experienced touring car driver Kai Jordan will race for JBR Motorsport.

The TCR drivers had the opportunity for some intensive preparation in Oschersleben last week, ahead of the season-opener at the same circuit. During six practice sessions, the 330-hp Golf GTI TCR recorded the three fastest times of the day – spectacular proof of the speed and reliability of the touring car made in Wolfsburg.

The fastest driver was Benjamin Leuchter in his bright red Golf GTI TCR. His team boss Martin Kohlhaas was clearly thrilled with the testing, and with the newly developed car. “The Golf GTI delivered a totally convincing performance during testing. It is a really fast car and looks great too,” said Kohlhaas. "We are all set for the first race. It would be presumptuous to say that we could challenge for the title, but our aim is to be there or thereabouts and we want to be in the top five.”

After the successful tests, the battle for points now begins for the TCR drivers. The Motorsport Arena in the Magdeburger Börde will host two 30-minute races on Saturday (12:00) and Sunday (11:55). Both races will be broadcast live on Sport 1.


Monday, 04/04/2016


TCR International Series

Kajaia just misses out on podium in Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR.

 

Davit Kajaia of Georgia narrowly missed out on a podium position in his Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR at the start of the TCR International Series season held over the Formula 1 racing weekend. Kajaia, who drives for the privateer team Engstler, finished the second race on the Bahrain International Circuit in fourth place in his 330 hp Volkswagen.

 

After ten laps in intense heat on the desert circuit, Kajaia was trailing Seat driver Pepe Oriola (E) by a mere 10.265 seconds. Oriola was successful in both races and has now moved into first place overall. Kajaia completed the first race in ninth place, two places behind the top Volkswagen finisher, Stefano Comini of Switzerland. Comini, who races for Leopard Racing, won last year’s TCR championship. The four Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR vehicles will battle it out for podium positions once again in Estoril, Portugal, from 22 to 24 April. 


Thursday, 31/03/2016


TCR International Series

TCR International Series under starter’s orders in Bahrain.

 

The TCR International Series kicks off the 2016 season at the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend. The racetrack in the heart of the desert also hosts Formula One on the same weekend. As such, there could hardly be a more appropriate venue for the opening round of the international touring car series.

 

Two customer racing teams will field a total of four Volkswagen Golf GTI TCRs in the TCR. Prior to the start of the season, the GTI TCR was put through intense and successful tests in Valencia (E). Leopard Racing lines up with two of the 330-hp touring cars in the international TCR series. At the wheel will be Swiss driver Stefano Comini, who won six races en route to the title in the TCR championship in 2015, and France’s Jean-Karl Vernay, who competed in last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series in an Audi R8 LMS.

 

The Engstler team fields a further two Golf GTI TCRs. Georgian David Kajaia lines up for the German team as the reigning European touring car champion. His team-mate is Russia’s Mikhail Grachev, who contested eight races with the Golf GTI TCR last season, finishing third once.

 

Two races of ten laps, or 25 minutes, will be held at the 5.412-metre track on the outskirts of Manamas. A total of 22 cars will take their place on the starting grid. 

Golf GTI TCR to appear in the Silverstone 24 Hours.

 

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR won’t only have to prove its worth in sprint mode in the desert state this weekend – it will also be making an appearance in the Silverstone 24 Hours race for the BRIT team. What matters the most in this race, which is part of the 24h Series championship, is a high degree of reliability – and that’s one of the strengths of the new touring car developed in Wolfsburg. Four Brits will be lining up in the Golf in the A3 class: David Pittard, Julian Thomas, Mark Allen and Martyn Compton.  


Friday, 18/03/2016



Tuesday, 08/03/2016


Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR – Golf for customer sports receives GTI seal of quality.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has the seal of quality in its name: 40 years after the launch of the first Golf GTI, the customer sports version also possesses the acronym that, since 1976, has been synonymous with the Wolfsburg-based car maker’s sporting character, powerful engines and maximum performance. Since it was first unveiled in July 2015, the Golf has been hugely popular on the racetracks of this world: all the customer sports models for the 2016 season had already been snapped up by mid-January. The teams can field the 20 cars, which were developed by Volkswagen Motorsport, in up to 16 national and international TCR touring car championships. The cars for the international TCR championship are to be handed over to the customer sports teams from 11th March in Abrera/Barcelona. An initial roll-out with the opposition is planned for the test drives at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia from 14th March.

Successful start: concept car shows great potential at TCR outings

The racing car based on the seventh generation of Golf has already enjoyed success in competition: in 2015, cooperation partner Liqui Moly Team Engstler fielded two cars in the TCR International Series. The production-based concept car showed great potential: at its first race weekend, the Golf promptly won the second race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport: the most powerful production GTI ever celebrates its anniversary

The racetrack is not the only place the Golf GTI is celebrating its 40th birthday. To mark the anniversary, Volkswagen is launching the most powerful production GTI ever: the Golf GTI Clubsport. Volkswagen presented sketches of the new car at the GTI meeting at the Wörthersee in May 2015, before unveiling a production model at the German International Motor Show (IAA) in September. The 2-litre TFSI engine generates 265 hp – that is 35 hp more than the previous most powerful Golf GTI. Another feature of the turbocharged direct-injection engine is a boost function, which allows the driver to briefly increase the engine power by ten per cent to 290 hp.


Thursday, 09/07/2015


Volkswagen develops new Golf for the racetrack.

A new powerhouse for the racetrack: Volkswagen Motorsport is developing its first racing car based on the seventh generation Golf. The production-based, 330-hp concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR regulations and is intended to help Volkswagen evaluate a potential customer racing programme from the 2016 season onwards. In order to accelerate the development of the car, the new Golf will be tested under competitive conditions between now and the end of the season: as cooperation partner, the Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run two cars at the eighth round of the Touringcar Racer International Series (TCR) at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

“The newly created TCR category provides a promising platform for customer racing – on a national and international level. With exciting races, production-based technology and reasonable costs, it offers a new outlook for private racing teams,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “When developing the Golf-based concept car, we are able to fall back on the resources at Volkswagen. This reduces both development time and costs. We will also use the rest of the season to test the car under competitive conditions and evaluate a possible customer racing project from 2016.”

Dynamic appearance: new Golf epitomises racing genes

Visually, the racing genes are clear to see on the Golf developed by Volkswagen Motorsport: 18-inch racing rims, a chassis roughly 40 centimetres wider than that of the production Golf, and a striking rear wing give the Golf a “ready-to-race” look and first-class handling. An aerodynamically designed front splitter and carbon rear wing are also among the modifications for the racetrack. Among the components designed to protect the driver are a racing seat with head protectors, a racing safety cell, and a safety tank in accordance with FIA regulations.

A powerful four-cylinder engine, DSG gearbox with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, a consistently developed racing chassis – even under the bonnet, the new Golf has been meticulously prepared for its outings at the racetrack. Volkswagen Motorsport is developing the car in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT, meaning it can call on SEAT’s experience with the Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group’s production vehicles, the MQB platform also offers many synergies for racing cars and reduces the cost of assembling and running the touring car. The two-litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection comes from the top sporting model, the Golf R. The racing version of this engine generates 330 hp (243 kW) and 410 Nm of torque.