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– Title debut: Volkswagen driver Lando Norris is Formula 3 European Champion*
– Title hat-trick: Scott Speed Global Rallycross Champion in the Volkswagen Beetle once again

FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Volkswagen driver Norris European champion, Eriksson second overall

Lando Norris (GB) is the Formula 3 European Champion*. The 17-year-old Brit from Volkswagen customer team Carlin clinched the title on Saturday after the first of three races at the finale in Hockenheim (D). Finishing in second place behind Volkswagen brand colleague Joel Eriksson (S, Team Motopark) saw Norris lay claim to the drivers’ championship in the most important junior series in Europe. Eriksson secured second in the standings with his seventh win of the season in race one, fourth place in race two and second place in the third race. His haul of 55 points from the three races meant the Swede overtook the Mercedes driver Maximilian Günther (D), who was in second place overall ahead of the Hockenheim weekend and despite his victory in race three, brought home eleven points fewer than Eriksson. Norris’ team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg had another reason to celebrate. The Austrian finished third in race one, joining Norris and Eriksson to complete the Volkswagen-only podium.

Lando Norris (GB), F3 Dallara Volkswagen-Spiess #31
“Going into the season, my team and I weren’t counting on winning this title, but we worked hard and this is the well-deserved reward. However, my rivals, including Maximilian Günther, made things very difficult for me. Which is just one of the reasons that this title is the most important one in my career to date.”

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*Subject to the official publications of the results by the FIA.

Global Rallycross

Speed wins the drivers’ championship for the third time, team-mate Foust is dominant and wins in L.A.

Volkswagen driver Scott Speed (USA) was crowned champion of the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) for the third time in a row. Finishing in second place at the finale in Los Angeles (USA), the 34-year-old clinched the coveted drivers’ title once again after winning it in 2015 and 2016. The win in L.A. went to Tanner Foust, Speed’s Andretti Autosport team-mate, who finishes the 2017 GRC season in second place overall with a total of five wins. Foust, who went into the final trailing Speed by 30 points, had a perfect weekend in the Volkswagen Beetle GRC: The 44-year-old won every heat, the semi-final and the final on Saturday with a commanding start-to-finish victory. Starting from second on the grid, Speed lost two positions on the first lap, but kept a cool head and fought his way back into second place on the podium over the course of the ten laps – and ended up celebrating the title hat-trick with a 19-point lead in the overall standings.

Volkswagen had already claimed the manufacturers’ championship for the 2017 season ahead of the finale. This is the car manufacturer from Wolfsburg’s second consecutive title win after the 2016 victory.

Scott Speed (USA), Volkswagen Beetle GRC #41
“I am obviously overjoyed and relieved! During the week prior to the finale, I repeatedly found myself considering what could still happen with such a big lead. Now I have done it – and I salute everyone who worked on this project. It is a fantastic team success.”

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Next up:

VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring, Nürburgring (D)

TCR Benelux, Assen (NL)

TCR Italy, Monza (I)

Volkswagen Fun Cup France, Nogaro (F)

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