Volkswagen Golf (3) Profile

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Volkswagen Golf (3) General Information

There was hardly a comparison between the Golf 3 and previous Golf versions in rallying. The car was to turn a kit car and was mainly developped by SBG in Britain rather than Volkswagen themselves, although there was enough support from Volkswagen in Germany to consider it a works car - well, if Prodrive builds works Subarus, then SBG built works Volkswagens. Plus the motorsport boss of Volkswagen UK actually had his desk in SBG's offices at the time. So even not German run, this is very clearly a works effort. The Golf 3 debuted on the RAC in 1993 in the hands of Jimmy McRae and in following seasons drivers as excellent as Sebastian Lindholm, Tapio Laukkanen and Alister McRae got their hands on the Golf 3 Kit Car. However, despite this driver choice, there seemed a constant lack of results. The Golf 3 was never outstandingly reliable in any single area and some people wondered if the claimed 285BHP was determined by throwing a dice (though RAC 93 with Jimmy McRae and early BRC 94 with Sebastian Lindholm was not yet the full kit car with a then claimed 220BHP groupA engine). This power would have had the car very much in the league of the Renault Maxi Mégane and Peugeot 306 Maxi, but whenever these opponents met, the difference was often counted in minutes. And that even on gravel, like in Portugal 1998, where Adruzilo Lopes' asphalt specialist 306 Maxi beat the leading Golf by 15 minutes! The works team's main program alongside WRC was the BRC, but again for lack of performance and reliability the team could never win the title in 6 years of trying. Still the Golf 3 Kit Car was by most thought to be a big number in Britain and Sweden, and there was no lack of trying at WRC level!

Sorry, this seems a short write up considering the author even worked for this team at the time. But somehow it was a typical VW Golf, designed not to offend the masses and in the end somehow lacking character, while in this case performance and reliability didn't help for it to stand out either.

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Volkswagen Golf (3) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Volkswagen Golf (3) Kit Car (93-97) 285/8250 250/6500 4020.1702.1405 970 (3.4) FWD (2475)

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Volkswagen Golf (3) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
24th. 2001 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pirttinen M. Anttila #80 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pirttinen T. Hantunen #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally H. Joki I. Karlsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
34th. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally A. Eriksson P. Henriksson #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pirttinen T. Hantunen #42 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1998 WRC Swedish Rally H. Joki I. Karlsson #30 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1998 WRC Safari Rally M. Baumschlager K. Wicha #16 [UNKNOWN] 11:17:35
8th. 1998 WRC Safari Rally K. Rosenberger P. Carlsson #12 [UNKNOWN] 11:43:21
23rd. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal K. Rosenberger P. Carlsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 4:55:10
12th. 1998 WRC Rally Argentina K. Rosenberger P. Carlsson #15 [UNKNOWN] 4:54:45.8
25th. 1998 WRC Rally New Zealand K. Rosenberger P. Carlsson #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland A. McRae D. Senior #25 [UNKNOWN] 3:39:45.6
22nd. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo A. McRae D. Senior #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. McRae D. Senior #20 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
35th. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Habig D. Judd #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1997 WRC Swedish Rally T. Laukkanen R. Mannisenmäki #22 [UNKNOWN] 4:12:54
21st. 1997 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae D. Senior #24 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1997 WRC Swedish Rally J. Jonasson . UNKNOWN #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1997 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. McRae D. Senior #12 [UNKNOWN] 5:12:54
11th. 1997 WRC Rally of Finland T. Laukkanen R. Mannisenmäki #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1996 WRC Swedish Rally J. Jonasson . UNKNOWN #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
27th. 1995 WRC Swedish Rally H. Joki P. Carlsson #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1995 WRC Rally of Great Britain T. Laukkanen R. Mannisenmäki #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 1994 WRC Rally of Finland M. Ipatti K. Kajula #60 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Volkswagen Golf (3) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland E. Saarenpää T. Tuominen #44 [UNKNOWN] SS10 ?
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally L. Andersson M. Johannsson #68 [UNKNOWN] SS3 gearbox
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally J. Pirttinen T. Hantunen #51 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Great Britain M. Baumschlager K. Wicha #31 [UNKNOWN] SS20 gearbox
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Australia (WA) K. Rosenberger P. Carlsson #24 [UNKNOWN] SS23 driveshaft
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland J. Tuohino I. Riipinen #40 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland E. Saarenpää K. Lindström #47 [UNKNOWN] SS9 suspension
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland J. Pirttinen J. Aho #48 [UNKNOWN] SS4 suspension
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Argentina A. McRae D. Senior #17 [UNKNOWN] SS18 electrics
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Baumschlager K. Wicha #25 [UNKNOWN] SS2 gearbox
Ret. 1998 WRC Swedish Rally A. McRae D. Senior #20 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. McRae D. Senior #21 [UNKNOWN] SS66 disqualified - illegal suspension parts
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally Australia (WA) A. McRae D. Senior #17 [UNKNOWN] SS21 electrics
Ret. 1997 WRC Swedish Rally H. Joki I. Karlsson #26 [UNKNOWN] SS10 engine
Ret. 1996 WRC Rally of Finland T. Laukkanen R. Mannisenmäki #35 [UNKNOWN] SS8 engine
Ret. 1996 WRC Swedish Rally H. Joki P. Carlsson #34 [UNKNOWN] SS6 crash
Ret. 1995 WRC Swedish Rally J. Jonasson . UNKNOWN #33 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1993 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. McRae C. Wood #33 [UNKNOWN] SS4 gearbox