ATS Formula 3 Cup

Unbeaten for six seasons.

 

Volkswagen was involved in the ATS Formula 3 Cup from 2008 to 2014 and could boast an unbeaten record in the battle for the title over six seasons. Laurens Vanthoor secured the championship in 2009, Tom Dillmann followed in his footsteps as overall winner in 2010, and Richie Stanaway won in 2011. In 2012 the Swede Jimmy Eriksson won the Cup, 2013 he was replaced by 19-year-old Marvin Kirchhöfer. In 2014, German Markus Pommer was the man of the season.

2014

Seventh (win) heaven.

It was the seventh consecutive win for Volkswagen as the provider of the engines used in the ATS Formula 3 Cup: Markus Pommer of the Lotus team took the 2014 cup title equipped with a Volkswagen Power Engine in the rear. 19-year-old Pommer, who hails from Neckarsulm, won 14 of the season’s 23 races and had already secured the title at the penultimate event of the season on the Sachsenring. He finished the season with an impressive tally of 424 points. Pommer was delighted. “It feels fantastic. I couldn’t believe it at first, but I’m now feeling really happy. It took me a few minutes to realise what I had achieved,” said a beaming Pommer after clinching the title on the Sachsenring.

The cup runner-up was Nabil Jeffri of Malaysia, with a total of 277 points. Jeffri competes for the team Motopark, which likewise places its trust in Volkswagen engines. It’s fair to say that Dutchman Indy Dontje proved to be the most successful entrant in the ATS Cup: the Lotus driver not only performed strongly to finish in third place overall, but also came top in the cup’s rookie category.

Final standings

Position Driver (Nation) Vehicle Points
1. Markus Pommer Dallara F311 Volkswagen 424
2. Nabil Jeffri Dallara F311 Volkswagen 277
3. Indy Dontje Dallara F311 Volkswagen 266
4. Sam MacLeod Dallara F311 Volkswagen 243
5. Weiron Tan Dallara F311 Volkswagen 182
6. Nicolai Sylvest Dallara F311 Volkswagen 182
7. Andrés Méndez Dallara F311 Volkswagen 117
8. Nikita Zlobin Dallara F311 Volkswagen 109
9. Maximilian Hackl Dallara F311 OPC-Challenge 69
10. Santino Ferrucci Dallara F311 Mercedes 33
11. Sergey Trofimov Dallara F311 Volkswagen 12

2013

Leipzig-born Kirchhöfer in the fast lane

27 races at seven different racetracks in Germany and Belgium – and one guy stole the show. 18-year-old Marvin Kirchhöfer is the 2013 ATS F3 Cup champion! Young Kirchhöfer, who hails from Leipzig, passed his “motorsport exams” with flying colours. He took the top spot on the winners’ rostrum 13 times in the course of the season and finished on 511 points, comfortably ahead of his teammates Artem Markelov (339) and Emil Bernstorff (334). The Trophy ranking was won by Sebastian Balthasar of Germany.

A thrilling fight for second place

The final race of the season in Hockenheim was a nail-biting affair, with all eyes trained on Artem Markelov and Emil Bernstorff. The two drivers from the Lotus racing team engaged in quite a duel in front of the 21,200 spectators. Bernstorff needed to get past Kirchhöfer in order to finish the season as vice-champion, but even with the assistance of push-to-pass, he was unable to do it. The champion was the first to cross the finishing line, followed by Bernstorff, then Markelov, who therefore clinched the vice-champion position.

A fantastic season with plenty of action

It proved to be a season that’s bound to be remembered, not least because of the weather conditions before the season got under way: a lot of teams had to postpone their tests again and again because of the never-ending winter. The qualifying session at the Nürburgring was then hit by fog. And it goes without saying that there was plenty of action on the track. One of the highlights of the season was undoubtedly the champion Kirchhöfer’s furious catching-up performance on the Lausitzring: the German had to start from the back due to a breach of the rules, but clawed his way back up through the pack to finish in a sensational third place. It’s therefore safe to say that the championship title is in good hands in this series for up-and-coming drivers.

Final standings

Position Driver (Nation) Vehicle Points
1 Marvin Kirchhöfer (D) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 511
2 Artem Markelov (RUS) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 339
3 Emil Bernstorff (GB) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 334
4 Gustavo Menezes (USA) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 241
5 John Bryant-Meisner (S) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 215
6 Thomas Jäger (A) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 117
7 Matteo Cairoli (I) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 112
8 Nabil Jeffri (MAL) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 79
9 Tomasz Krzeminski (PL) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 69
10 Sebastian Balthasar (D) Dallara F311 Mercedes 54
11 Yannick Mettler (CH) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 46
12 Jordi Weckx (B) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 30
13 Hubertus-Carlos Vier (D) Dallara F307 Mercedes 14
14 Freddy Killensberger (D) Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge 14
15 Nicolai Sylvest (DK) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 11
16 Aston Hare (ZA) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 6
17 Thomas Amweg (CH) Dallara F307 Mercedes 6
18 Sheban Siddiqi (GB) Dallara F311 VW Power Engine 5
19 Maximilian Hackl (A) Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge 3

2012

Jimmy does it

He is something of a late starter: Jimmy Eriksson was 14 years old before he entered his first go-kart race – considerably later than most of his rivals. The Swede is now 21 and is considered an experienced and worldly-wise lad – and you wouldn’t put anything past him. So it was no real surprise when Eriksson had his nose in front in the very first race of the season in the dunes of Zandvoort, although in the second main race of the weekend, the Japanese driver Kimiya Sato also made his title ambitions known. Sato upped the ante at the Sachsenring with two lots of 25 points, before Eriksson retaliated in Spa and Assen.

Last race – decided early on

And the tension continued to rise: at the Red Bull Ring, Tom Blomqvist suddenly dominated, then once again at the Nürburgring. However, Eriksson ultimately had it all sewn up by the qualifying stage for the last three races of the season at the Hockenheimring: he needed just three points to secure the title and he got them early on. The six additional points awarded for the fastest and second fastest laps in training had already decided the outcome.

Battle for second place

Rookie Lucas Auer made it considerably more exciting. The 18-year-old nephew of Formula 1 legend Gerhard Berger drove like an old hand with a cool head. His third-place finish was enough to secure the runner-up spot in the championship and victory in the Sonax Rookie Cup. Kimiya Sato, who had looked so impressive at the beginning of the season, ended up empty-handed and was ultimately 17 points behind Auer.

Final standings

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Points
1 Jimmy Eriksson / SWE Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 408
2 Lucas Auer / AUT Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 298
3 Kimiya Sato / JPN Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 281
4 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 277
5 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 222
6 Rene Binder / AUT Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 191
7 Artem Markelov / RUS Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 155
8 Yannick Mettler / SUI Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 131
9 Dennis van de Laar / NED Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 110
10 Luca Stolz / GER Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 85
11 Alon Day / ISR Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 48
12 Sheban Siddiqi / GBR Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 30
12 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 24
14 Daniel Abt / GER Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 18
15 Michela Cerruti / ITA Dallara F 311 VW Power-Engine 3

2011

And the winner is: Richie Stanaway

Final standings

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Points
1 Richie Stanaway / NZL Dallara F307 Volkswagen 181
2 Marco Sörensen / DEN Dallara F307 Mercedes 126
3 Klaus Bachler / AUT Dallara F307 Mercedes 79
4 Alon Day / ISR Dallara F307 Volkswagen 62
5 Hannes van Asseldonk / NED Dallara F307 Volkswagen 61
6 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Dallara F307 Volkswagen 59
7 Markus Pommer / GER Dallara F307 Mercedes 52
8 Rene Binder / AUT Dallara F307 Mercedes 26
9 Tony Halbig / GER Dallara F307 Volkswagen 22
10 Jeroen Mul / NED Dallara F307 Volkswagen 18
11 Patrick Schranner / GER Dallara F307 Volkswagen 17
12 Nikolay Martsenko / RUS Dallara F307 Volkswagen 9
12 Riccardo Brutschin / GER Dallara F307 Volkswagen 8
14 Bernd Herndlhofer / AUT Dallara F307 Mercedes 5
15 Sandro Zeller / SUI Dallara F307 Mercedes 5
16 Mikhail Aleshin / RUS Arttech F24 OPC-Challenge 3
17 Antti Rammo / EST Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge 2
17 Filip Salaquarda / CZE Dallara F307 Mercedes 2
19 Maxim Travin / RUS Dallara F304 OPC-Challenge 1

2010

Three on top, seven in front

Final standings

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Points
1 Tom Dillmann / FRA Dallara F307 Volkswagen 120
2 Daniel Abt / GER Dallara F307 Volkswagen 112
3 Kevin Magnussen / DEN Dallara F307 Volkswagen 98
4 Stef Dusseldorp / NED Dallara F307 Volkswagen 88
5 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Dallara F307 Volkswagen 83
6 Jimmy Eriksson / SWE Dallara F307 Volkswagen 43
7 Willi Steindl / AUT Dallara F307 Volkswagen 43
8 Markus Pommer / GER Dallara F307 Mercedes 40
9 Alon Day / ISR Dallara F307 Volkswagen 26
10 Luis Derani / BRA Dallara F307 Volkswagen 20
11 Marco Sörensen / DEN Dallara F307 Mercedes 18
12 Rene Binder / AUT Dallara F307 Volkswagen 12
13 Gary Hauser / LUX Dallara F307 Mercedes 12
14 Nico Monien / GER Dallara F307 Mercedes 10
15 Klaus Bachler / AUT Dallara F307 Mercedes 8
16 Bernd Herndlhofer / AUT Dallara F307 Mercedes 3
17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Dallara F307 Mercedes 3
18 Nikolay Martsenko / RUS Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge 1