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Ola Nilsson continued his march of triumph in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the Nürburgring. For the Swede, this was the sixth success in the seventh race. The podium was also mounted by Volkswagen rally junior Kevin Abbring (Netherlands) and Dennis Trebing (USA). Among Rallydriver Kevin Abbring, rally-legends Carlos Sainz, Sebastien Ogier (2012 Race of Champion winner), Juha Kankkunen and Markku Alen were been asked take the challenge.
Nilsson had underlined his exceptional position as early as in qualifying. Last year’s overall runner-up secured the best time with just one timed lap of 1m 41.173s, 0,1s quicker as rally youngster Abbring. In the race, right after the start, he built an advantage over his immediate rivals Abbring and Trebing. After a bad start Kevin recovered well and took second place again.
In the overall classification, Nilsson is leading with a score of 350 points ahead of Adam Gladysz (218) and can secure the 2012 champion’s title as early as at the next race weekend at Oschersleben (14–16 September). The field of the 27 entrants in the Scirocco R-Cup was led into the formation lap by the Volkswagen Polo R WRC at the Nürburgring.
#23 Ola Nilsson
Qualifying 1st – race 1st: This has been another perfect race weekend for me although I didn’t have my strongest races at the Nürburgring in the past. This time, everything worked out perfectly. After the start, I kept Kevin Abbring and Dennis Trebing at a healthy distance. Especially Kevin, like at the Norisring, showed a strong performance and I’m happy that he didn’t get too close to me. Obviously, things are looking very good in the championship three races before the end but it’s not decided yet. That’s why I’ll be travelling to Volkswagen’s home track at Oschersleben with full concentration.”
#49 Kevin Abbring
Qualifying 2nd – race 2nd: "Compared with the Norisring there were a lot more corners to manage this time! Though I significantly improved yet again, knowing that we only had 30 minutes to get used to the track with this car. My speed was good across the whole distance. I’m super-happy with second place. ‘Am I going to switch from rally to circuit racing? Not really. Once a rally racer -- always a rally racer. Though I think it inproved my skills again, it’s a good practice, that’s why I took this challenge.’
Kevin's next WRC Rally will be Rally GB where he drives the Skoda S2000 again together with Sebastien Ogier.
Kevin Abbring made a strong impression when he swapped the stages of the FIA World Rally Championship to make his circuit racing debut in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany last weekend.
Dutch rising talent Abbring, under consideration as a future factory driver for Volkswagen in the WRC, shone from the outset by going 0.8s faster than any of his rivals in free practice before qualifying fourth overall and eventually finishing in the same position after recovering from a poor start.
“Starting together with several other cars was exciting because rally drivers normally don’t have this experience,” said the former Junior world championship frontrunner. “My first circuit race couldn't have gone much better and fourth place is a great result. Naturally, I’d have liked to manage the leap onto the podium but Nicola Larini [who finished third] was a tiny bit faster. Before the race I’d firmly decided not to jeopardise the championship of any of the permanent drivers by making thoughtless attacks. But then I was a bit too much of a good guy at the start and lost at least four places.”
Ola Nilsson, from Sweden, won the race ahead of Poland’s Adam Gladysz. Other celebrities in action included retired footballer Karl-Heinz Riedle and former Formula One driver Christian Danner and Pedro Lamy.