SAINZ, BRUNDLE, BELL, LAFFITTE & BIELA ENTER VW SCIROCCO R CUP
Five legendary names from the world of motorsport will line-up on the grid at Hockenheim this weekend when the famous German track plays host to the inaugural round of the new Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup.
Volkswagen racer and rally champion Carlos Sainz will be joined by Frank Biela, Jacques Laffite and the British pairing of Derek Bell and Martin Brundle. Each Scirocco R is fitted with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine running on bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) which reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared with conventional engines. This unit develops a peak of 22hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. To ensure close racing, a push-to-pass system is also available providing the drivers with a brief 30hp increase in power.
The Scirocco R Cup is supporting the German DTM Touring Car Championship during 2010. The grid for the one-make series comprises 20 drivers, contesting nine rounds of the competitive season, alongside five legends from the world of motorsport who will change at each race meeting. Collectively, the five racing legends contesting the opening rounds of the Scirocco R Cup have started 343 Formula 1 GP, won the Dakar Rally, two World Rally Championship titles, the Sportscar World Championship, the German DTM championship, the British Touring Car Championship and the Le Mans 24-hour race a total of 11 times.
Carlos Sainz returns to the cockpit of a Scirocco following his involvement at last year's Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race competing in a Scirocco GT24, while the ex-Formula 1 racer Martin Brundle returns to the cockpit of a Volkswagen powered racer more than 25 years after his first experience.
Claiming home advantage, Frank Biela is keen to impress behind the wheel of the Scirocco R Cup as this weekend sees the endurance racing expert competing against his daughter Isabelle, who is among the drivers registered for the season.
Frenchman Lafitte returns to Germany with knowledge of the Hockenheim track after racing there in Formula 1, Formula 2 and the DTM championship. Sportscar ace Derek Bell completes the legends line-up as one of the most successful sports car racers of all time and a champion of Le Mans.