35 victories and 135 podiums for the Golf GTI TCR, 71 triumphs and 127 top-three finishes for the Polo GTI R5 – Volkswagen can look back on an extremely positive 2019 of Customer Sport on the motorsport scene. At the racetrack, customer teams around the world added seven titles to the grand total of 30 „powered by Volkswagen“. In the world of rallying, Volkswagen drivers and teams took the honours in prestigious championships on five occasions. The 2019 season yielded victories for Volkswagen customers in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America. In 2019, Volkswagen was represented by the Golf GTI TCR in motorsport series all over the world, and with the Polo GTI R5 in national and international rallying, including the World Rally Championship and European Rally Championship.
“The success of our Customer Sport teams around the globe, including over 100 victories with the Polo GTI R5 and the Golf GTI TCR, plus a dozen titles – the results in 2019 speak for themselves,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The success of our customer teams is all the more pleasing, as the Golf GTI TCR can already look back on over 150 victories and 500 podiums in only its fourth year and continues to claim race wins and titles in customer hands. The Polo GTI R5 contested its first season in 2019 and was delivered to teams all over the world. Winning five titles is made all the more impressive by the fact that it was the car’s debut year. As such, we must pay our customers a big compliment for their sporting success and say a big thank you for their faith in our products.”
From Japan to Australia, via America – The Golf GTI TCR enjoys success around the world
Volkswagen customers were particularly successful with the Golf GTI TCR in newly-created racing series. They included TCR Japan and TC America – two new racing series launched according to TCR regulations in 2019 – and Volkswagen customer teams promptly picked up three titles. In TCR Japan, Takeshi Matsumoto (J, Wakayama Racing) won the championship in the Sunday classification, while the Drivers’ title in TC America went to Michael Hurczyn (USA), ahead of his team-mate Nate Vincent (USA). Together, they added the Team championship in the North American series, courtesy of 26 podiums, four victories and seven pole positions in eight double-headers.
TCR Australia also made its debut in 2019 – the first victory “Down Under” went to a Volkswagen driver – Jason Bright (AUS), who won in Sydney. Fellow Volkswagen driver Aaron Cameron joined the list of winners at the finale in Tailem Bend and only narrowly missed out on ending the season as the runner-up in the championship.