Only four races into its track career, the revolutionary Volkswagen Racing UK-prepared turbodiesel Golf - the UK's first racing diesel - is already turning heads.
On Saturday (11 May) the Golf TDI made history at Oulton Park when Mike Neuhoff drovep overall in the fourth round of the Volkswagen Racing Cup. It was a remarkable achievement coming so early in the car's development.
"The Golf TDI first raced in mid-April," said Volkswagen Racing UK managing director Sam Roach, "and we were very pleased with the 10th place we achieved at Donington Park, but Saturday's result at Oulton was fantastic."
Thanks to engine development work between the two meetings, the Golf TDI had an increased maximum power output at Oulton Park - up from 165bhp to around 180bhp.
Reigning Volkswagen Racing Cup champion Neuhoff used the extra urge to good effect: "It did make a difference," he said. "In the first race I was able to work my way up from 10th on the grid to fourth by the end, and that set me up for a good result in race two."
Neuhoff made a superb getaway from the grid to surge into second place at the start. Eventual race winner Steve Walker (Golf VR6) found his way past the diesel on the opening lap, but Neuhoff was able to hold off all further challenges to take third at the finish.
"I'm chuffed to bits with third," added Neuhoff. "It's a hugely encouraging result so early in the TDI's development. The best thing is, I know there's plenty more to come..."
The Golf TDI is back in action again this weekend (18/19 May) in a special Volkswagen Racing Cup support event to the German touring car championship at Donington Park.