Volkswagen Golf24 races at Nurburgring 24 hours

Volkswagen's impressive driver line-up for Golf24 and Scirocco GT24 Nurburgring 24-hour racers

Volkswagen is keen to further cement the credentials of its Golf and Scirocco models with the purpose-built 450hp all-wheel drive Golf24 and 330hp natural gas-burning Scirocco GT24-CNG to compete in this weekend’s Nurburgring 24-hour race.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Volkswagen GTI, the factory has created the 2.5-litre 5-cylinder Golf24 for the sole purpose of taking on the toughest endurance race in the world, which regularly sees more than 200 competitors charging around the Green Hell in rapidly changing weather conditions over a 24-hour period.

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After a 1-2-3 class win and 16th overall placing for the factory Scirocco CNG at last year’s event, Volkswagen has elected to enter only two Sciroccos this year, but will field three of its monster Golf24 cars, which could be up for a top-ten finish if the weather turns wet.

The Volkswagen driver line-up is just as impressive as the cars, with Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell teaming up with seasoned Nordschleife lappers Peter Terting and Patrick Simon as just some of the names to pilot the three Golf24 racecars over the weekend.

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The #117 Scirocco also sees the combination of seasoned hands with Dakar Rally winners from 2009, 2010 and 2011 - Giniel de Villiers, Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah respectively - joining forces with two-time Nurburgring winner and all-round legend Klaus Niedzwiedz who will also be the fourth driver of Scirocco #116, accompanying Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Le Mans racer and daughter of former F1 driver Jacky Ickx, Vanina Ickx and journalists Peter Wyss and Bernd Ostmann.

Volkswagen driver line-up for the 2011 Nurburgring 24-hour race…

#35 – Golf24 – white/redPeter Terting (D) / Nicki Thiim (DK) / Franck Mailleux (F) / René Rast (D)

#135 – Golf24 – white/blue
Thomas Mutsch (D) / Fredrik Ekblom (S) / Patrick Simon (D) / Edoardo Mortara (I)

#235 – Golf24 – white/yellow
Johnny Herbert (GB) / Patrick Bernhardt(D) / Mark Blundell (GB) / René Rast (D)

#116 – Scirocco GT24-CNG – blue/silver
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg (D) / Vanina Ickx (B) / Peter Wyss (CH) / Bernd Ostmann (D)

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#117 – Scirocco GT24-CNG – blue/orange
Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q) / Carlos Sainz (E) / Giniel de Villiers (ZA) / Klaus Niedzwiedz (D)

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