Granted contact will cause some impact on the drivers wheel, however really, the car's bump, they push away from each other and the merc actually has a swipe in at the BMW, i'd love to see the in car but it would look like Hammond and Clarkson doing rallycross.
Blatant, he knew fine well what he had to do if the BMW got past.
Looks like limp mode to me Dan, or your running with a broken MAF or with it unplugged.
MAF problems don't throw fault codes in VW's when they're faulty, unplug the MAF and see if it makes a difference to the running of the car, if it doesn't replace it. Though if it doesn't make a difference spray some electrical contact cleaner on it first. Might just be a bit of crap on it.
Desperately tried to find the video I seen a few months ago.
Was a skoda meet on an airfield, had some tuned VRs's n stuff, 3 or 4 of them lined up and done a drag race, some octavia estate can be seen for all of the first half a second before it's completely out of shot.
Originally just a 1.8t 4x4 estate, now I think it had the BAM (225bhp) engine and turbo, tuned over 300bhp...looked standard apart from VR's wheels.