Formula Volkswagen Germany

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Formula Volkswagen
Category spec racing single seaters
Country Germany Germany
Inaugural season 2001
Folded 2003
Constructors Reynard
Engine suppliers Volkswagen
Tyre suppliers Dunlop
Last Drivers' champion Netherlands Jaap van Lagen
Last Teams' champion Austria WT Motorsport

The Formula Volkswagen Germany was a short-lived single-seater category in Germany between 2001 and 2003.

History[edit]

The Formula Volkswagen was launched in 2000 as the new Formula Vee by Volkswagen Motorsport.[1] Reynard Motorsports constructed the chassis while the engine was derived from the Volkswagen Formula 3 engine. The initial race was run at the Salzburgring on June 10, 2001. The race was won by Belgian youngster Philip Cloostermans. Cloostermans finished second in the standings of the first season, behind Walter Lechner Jr..[2] The following season an updated Formula Volkswagen chassis was presented. The new car had aerodynamic updates to more resemble the dimensions of a Formula 3 car. The racing format was also different for the 2002 season. Instead of one race each weekend, there were now two.[3] The series struggled to attract more than fifteen competitors each weekend. Jaap van Lagen won the final season of the Formula Volkswagen in 2003.[4]

Champions[edit]

Year Driver Team
2001 Austria Walter Lechner Jr. Austria Walter Lechner Racing School
2002 Germany Sven Barth Germany Interwetten Racing
2003 Netherlands Jaap van Lagen Austria WT Motorsport

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top10: Die Formel Volkswagen im Detail". Motorsport2000. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Formel VW: Sieg für Cloostermans". Motorsport2000. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Formel VW: Mit geändertem Fahrzeug in die Saison 2002". Motorsport2000. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Div: Jaap van Lagen dolblij met kampioenstitel Formule Volkswagen". Autosport.nl. Retrieved 29 August 2014.