Golf 3 STW by Winderickx Sport

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    GOLF 3 STW by Winderickx Sport

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    As I personally knew Bernard Winderickx i had the chance to look at in detail the many cars in his workshop in Wemmel, Belgium on more than one occasion.

    Lets first start with this Iconic Golf 3 STW, a true legend of a car.

    The car was built up from a mix of parts from the Seat Toledo STW cars which donated the engine, gearbox, suspension and brakes. Alongside many Audi Sport catalog parts from the Audi 80 STW / Audi 80 Supertourisme and Audi 200 V8. Also a selection of ROC development parts along with Bernard Winderickx own ideas. The Toledo’s were originally built by ROC Competition in Annemasse, France. A well known and legendary race car engineering company.

    The shell prep and roll cage fitting was out sourced to Thiebaut Racing in Verviers, Belgium. A company VW Motorsport also used for their Golf 4 Kitcar and Golf 4 DTC shells. Just as Toyota/ TTE did for their Celica and Corolla WRC shells of the same era. This says a lot about their level of expertise, skill and quality of workmanship. The shell was then shipped to carroserie Vanerum for painting, with a white inside and red outside livery.

    The engine used in this very special Golf MK3 was an early spec STW unit from the Toledo’s Bernard Winderickx ran in the 1993 - 1994 seasons and up to 1995. These engines made circa 280 hp, with steel valves and a 1.8 block which was bored to 84 mm with a 90 mm stroke crank to make it 2.0 L
    This STW engine was then revised with a new specification wih titanium valves and a revised cam profiles, also a new carbon airbox was made by a company in Verviers. With these revisions the engine made a healthy 285 hp @ 8250 rpm ( 1997 ) engine by Lehmann Motoren, Lichtenstein

    Delving into more details of the engine, the conrod weights were circa 400 grams and 152.3 mm in length with a 49 mm bigend bore, 46 mm journal and an 18 mm small end bore. The lower section of the engine block was milled away by 7cm right up to the split line of the main bearings as the dry sump incorporated the main bearing caps. The exhaust was a thin wall inconel header system 4 into 1, going to 63,5/70 mm and then into 2 tubes that feed into 2 titanium motorbike silencers at the rear of the car.

    The gearbox used in the MK3 golf was the renowned Xtrac 206 6 sp sequential box with a plate lsd using a 7.25 inch carbon racing clutch by AP / Tilton

    Suspension wise Bernard used Audi 80 Supertourismo front uprights on the car with centre lock wheel hubs and Koni mc pherson struts all STW parts from other cars. The wheel bearings were 88/49 mm diameter and 46 mm wide. These days they are available as low friction bearings from SKF Motorsport.

    The rear beam had 2 variations. The first one was a custom fabricated tubular solid beam, While the second was a custom fabricated tubular beam with with bearing into the tube, so the beam could move independently move left to right. While the rear uprights could be moved independently to adjust camber and toe settings. Audi 80 STW uprights and bearings are used on the front.

    Speedline 8.2 x 18 magnesium centrelock wheels (15x112) where used when the car raced with the red graphic livery scheme. In 1997 the Golf then changed to a green graphic livery and the wheel size was increased to 19 inch manufactured by BBS. Tyres were Michelin / Dunlop > 210 -650 - 18 /19 more commonly used by factory touring car teams.

    The Brakes all round were by Alcon using a 4pot Caliper upfront with the Audi 4 ring logo cast into them. These originated from the Audi V8 -3.6 or Audi 200 race car with a 356x32mm vented disc. At the rear, 280x9.5 mm solid and drilled rear discs were used with Alcon 2 pot calipers.

    The Golf Raced at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in 1997 for the 24HR race and qualified 8th a very notable result especially as it was 5 seconds ahead of the Factory VW Motorsport Golf MK3 entry driven by a experienced team lead by none other than Yvan Muller.

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    Unfortunately during the race the car retired with gearbox failure ending a very promising campaign.

    In early 2004 Bernard Windericks had an unfortunate accident on a quad bike while he was in Morocco which resulted in him sustaining major injuries. This left him paralysed which he did not recover from and Bernard passed away, far too soon at the early age of 44. A tragic accident and a major loss to Motorsport not just in Belgium but worldwide.

    Many years later the car was sold but never performed as it had done in its former glory days as the new owners were struggling to run the car to its full potential due to the lack of info as Bernard Winderickx had passed away RIP and ROC where no longer in business. ROC had gone into bankruptcy administration and by then and no records were available.

    After a couple years the car was sold on again to Geatan Hayot a name many will recognise...who used the car as a parts donor for a very well know hillclimb Golf Mk1. This car was built to a very high spec, the engine received a full rebuild with new late spec STW camshafts resulting in an increase of power to circa 293hp, with a raised rev limit above 9000rpm. The gearbox was also used, along with a few other select parts.

    A few years later the Golf MK3 shell minus the engine and gearbox was then sold by Gaeton alongside original spares package to a French gentleman in late 2010 early 2011 so rumour has it. Where the story goes quiet. But when Gaeton sold the MK1 in 2017 the engine and box was sold separately and was bought by a Swiss gentleman who now owns the MK3 to reunite with the shell. So hopefully this legendary Golf MK3 will return to its former glory and be racing again soon.


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    A special thanks go to :

    - Michael Wright ( pascal77uk ) who supplied a large collection pictures and some info about what happened to the car in recent years.

    - rubjonny who did watermarks

    - And some persons who made the pictures on the circuits, i dont know all the names, but if possible i will try to give them credit > Photo: xxxxxx

    Several photo`s by Ludo Baseil
     
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    Great to see this thread up. And hear info from a first hand source who was there when it was happening. Thanks for sharing this Hugo and some amazing photos there which I have never seen before :thumbup:
     
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    "The lower section of the engine block was milled away by 7cm right up to the split line of the mainbearings"

    That made my head spin. Wow!
     
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    Thank you Hugo!!!,what a great story and awesome pictures,i was really looking forward for this
    Like i told you several times,this car is printed in my mind since ‘97 when i saw it at circuitpark Zandvoort racing against all the btcc icons,for me it was such a huge impact to see this car racing and always had/have a soft spot for the mk3
     
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