Volkswagen clinch manufacturer’s championship


Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull GRC

Volkswagen have wrapped up the Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship with two rounds to spare after Tanner Foust won at Evergreen Speedway.

The Andretti Autosport-run operation has won all but two of the nine rounds this season, with Foust claiming four wins and reigning series champion Scott Speed taking three in a row during an impressive summer spell.

“When we started this program two years ago, our goal was simple: to reach the top of Red Bull Global Rallycross,” said Clark Campbell, director of Experiential Marketing and Motorsport for Volkswagen USA. “Last year, we were able to take our first Driver’s title, but to earn a Manufacturer’s Championship in the series is truly special.”

“Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, and every member of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has proven to be championship calibre, and it’s an honour to reach this level of achievement against such strong competition,” he continued. “Now we will focus on adding another Driver’s Championship this year before defending our Manufacturer’s title in 2017.”

“Volkswagen Motorsport has set the gold standard for participation in Red Bull Global Rallycross over the past few years,” added Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Their commitment to excellence is apparent in every aspect of the Volkswagen Andretti program, from their champion drivers to the vital personnel keeping them on track behind the scenes. We’re fortunate to have Volkswagen as a key partner to our series, and look forward to racing with them for years to come.”

Volkswagen's championship win ends Ford's unbeaten run - Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull Global Rallycross
Volkswagen’s championship win ends Ford’s unbeaten run – Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull Global Rallycross

Volkswagen’s Manufacturer’s championship triumph brings an end to a dominant run for Ford.

The Blue Oval had won every single manufacturer’s crown since the series’ inception in 2011 and took the first four drivers’ championships until Volkswagen brought an end to that streak last year with Speed winning the title.

Volkswagen’s achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that at certain points this season, there has been three times as many Fords in the field, and with extra entries for Honda and Subaru at last month’s Atlantic City round, Volkswagen has been the manufacturer with the lowest number of representatives on the grid.

Volkswagen will add to their trophy haul next month when Foust and Speed face off for the Red Bull GRC drivers’ title.