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Volkswagen Caddy Racer - Web Exclusive

Jul 7, 2008

The VW Caddy van is a common sight on Europe's roads and an award-winning load carrier. It's also delivering great results in a more unusual location - the race track.

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With 260hp, a racing version of a Caddy 2.0 liter TDI has claimed a podium finish on three occasions so far this season in the hotly-contested British Volkswagen Racing Cup.

Supported by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the Caddy van shares the starting grid with a broad range of performance vehicles, including the Golf GTI, R32 and Beetle RSI, yet it's proved extremely competitive as it challenges for podium finishes.For example, in a race at the Rockingham circuit in May, the Caddy's regular driver (a former director of VW Commercial Vehicles, Peter Wyhinny) set a fastest lap and came close to creating a British motorsport first when the van achieved its best-ever result coming in less than 0.5sec behind the winning Golf GTI.

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"That was exhilarating, the best drive of my life," said Peter after the race, "the Caddy is extremely competent and tremendous fun on the race track," he continued.

Roger Green from Evo magazine also raced the Caddy van this season and achieved a third-place podium finish at Oulton Park race circuit.With six rounds of the Volkswagen Racing Cup to come, the Caddy van has more opportunities to deliver results. The next races are at Brands Hatch on July 13, Silverstone on August 17 and the finale is at Donington Park on October 12.

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