The second and third races of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup series were held this weekend in Spielburg’s historic Red Bull Ring. Now in its fourth year, the Scirocco R-Cup race exclusively features natural gas powered cars, producing on average 25% less carbon emissions than conventional petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles.
As of this year, Gazprom Export is the exclusive motor fuel supplier to the series’ natural gas powered cars. Gazprom hopes through its involvement in motorsports to demonstrate the benefits of the eco-friendly fuel to Scirocco’s thousands of fans.
Sixteen-year-old Kelvin van der Linde of South Africa placed first in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s races, leaving him well ahead in overall standings with 80 points after three races. He is trailed by Denmark’s Michelle Gatting with 72 points and Kasper Jensen with 67 points in second and third place, respectively.
The South African, who already counts a first place win in the 2012 Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa and 2011 Volkswagen Polo Cup South Africa Driver of the Year among his career highlights, told Volkswagen: “Spielberg was a superb weekend for me! Two wins and the lead in the championship – I could not have wished for a better start to the season. My start was ok. Everyone opted for the inside line in turn two. I just stayed on the outside and pulled past using the Push-to-pass system. When I then passed Manuel, I was certain that I could win the race – especially as everyone behind me was involved in fierce battles.”
In the Junior Cup category, Linde’s South African compatriot, Jordan Lee Pepper, placed first on Saturday and second on Sunday to maintain an overall first in championship standings.
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Volkswagen has made the full results of the weekend’s races available here. A total of nine races featuring natural gas powered cars will be held over the year at five different race tracks in Germany and Austria.