The UK leg of the tournament, the third race, took place at Brands Hatch in Kent which saw Jonas Giesler, driving the yellow SSI Schaefer branded Scirocco, take second place behind more experienced driver Ola Nilsson.
After a nail-biting 25 laps Nilsson relegated the German young pilot Jonas Giesler, who had started from pole, and his fellow countryman Jann-Hendrik Ubben to the other podium places.
Both Jonas Giesler and Ola Nilsson made a good start in the race before the more experienced Ola prevailed against his seven-year-younger rival. Behind them Legends drivers David Brabham, Mark Blundell and Martin Donnelly fought some thrilling duels in the top ten. One of the race victims was Legends entrant Damon Hill, who after an incident of body contact was forced to retire from the race after seven laps with a technical defect.
The 1996 Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill, who had ended his motorsport career almost 13 years ago, made a one-off motorsport comeback in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup and for the benefit of his children’s charity ‘The Halow Project’ for which Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito presented a cheque in the amount of 10,000 euros.
Five other legends – Martin Donnelly, Julian Bailey and Perry McCarthy, who together with Hill formed the legendary 1980s “Rat Pack” racers, plus Le Mans winner David Brabham added a further attraction to the field.
Jost Capito said: “This Scirocco R-Cup race will long be remembered by Volkswagen and the fans here at Brands Hatch. In Damon Hill and the ‘Rat Pack’ we had outstanding motorsport legends on the grid. For Volkswagen it is an honour that Damon Hill celebrated a one-off motorsport comeback after 13 years. What’s more, the race saw some thrilling duels of the stars and a deserving winner in Ola Nilsson.”
The remaining races take place in Austria and Germany between June and October 2012.