Larini wins Scirocco R-Cup Show Race
Spectacular race action, motorsport stars from Formula One, DTM and Le Mans, and beautiful grid girls. Russian fans at the Show Race in Moscow were treated to the best entertainment the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup has to offer. A total 15 drivers made the trip to the Russian capital for the invitation race, which was sponsored by Volkswagen’s partner Gazprom. After 13 laps of the 3.91-kilometre Moscow Raceway, it was Nicola Larini who crossed the finish line first in the 235-hp natural gas Scirocco – followed by ex-Formula One driver Jan Lammers, and Russian favourite, WTCC driver Mikhail Kozlovskiy.
As well as Lammers and Larini, rally legend Markku Alén, Le Mans and DTM champion Manuel Reuter, and sports stars like Olympic ski-jumping champion Sven Hannawald and Champions League winner Jerzy Dudek were also in action. And the entry list also read like a “who’s who” of Russian motorsport: the local contingent included Dakar champion Andrey Karginov, WTCC driver Mikhail Kozlovskiy, Russian champion Andrey Sevastjanov and Mikhail Lepokov from the Volkswagen Polo Cup.
Pole sitter Lanners did not get off to a good start, surrendering the lead in turn one. However, the Dutchman was then involved in a thrilling four-way battle with Larini, Kozlovskiy and Reuter for the three podium positions. The safety-car made an unwelcome appearance on lap four, when Hannawald collided with Inessa Tushkanova – this resulted in retirement for Hannawald. Manuel Reuter met the same fate two laps later, when he was forced to pull into the garage after a crash with young Russian Viktor Shaitar. Playmate Doreen Seidel (pictured) produced a good fightback, recovering from last on the grid to finish eighth.