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Preview of the 2nd season run of the VLN: Slash and jump before the 24h race

Stefan Baldauf /Robert Kah
Preview of the 2nd season run of the VLN
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N also moved a few weeks ago dark clouds over the Nordschleife. The key question was: What does the future of the VLN look like at the Nürburgring? Will the VLN continue to drive GT3 cars on the legendary race track? Four weeks after the accident of a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in which a spectator was fatally injured, the second VLN race will take place as planned with GT3 cars - albeit under different conditions.

Have speed limits on the Nordschleife proven

The speed limits at the airfield (200 km /h) and on the Döttinger Höhe (250 km /h) have proven themselves in practice in the 24-hour qualifying race. But there are modifications for the coming weekend: The speed limit in the pit lane has been raised from 30 km /h to 50 km /h, and the speed limit at Döttinger Höhe has been extended by one section of the route. Many GT3 teams use a pit speed limiter programmed to a certain speed to maintain the maximum speed, similar to driving into the pits.

While the criticism of the safety measures and especially the speed limit was initially great , many were appeased by the fact that the lap times were only five seconds slower. For the fans nothing will change apart from the selected restricted spectator areas.

And the teams can apparently live well with the new rules too. This is shown by the entry list with over 190 vehicles, including 24 GT3 cars. Because the 24h race on 16./17. May is just around the corner, everyone wants to optimally prepare for the season highlight in racing conditions. For example, the Audi LMP1 drivers Marcel Fässler and René Rast are honored at the Nürburgring. From the DTM, Nico Müller, Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus grab the steering wheel.

Bentley works team only for the 24h race

You will, however, have competition from the numerous ring specialists. As in the 24h qualifying race, the contenders for victory include the Haribo-Mercedes of Norbert Siedler, Marco Holzer and Uwe Alzen. In addition, Rowe Racing is sending two SLS with a professional line-up into the race and Black Falcon also wants to have a say in the matter of victory. Both Phoenix Racing and WRT come with two Audi R8 LMS ultra. The driver line-ups are extremely strong and balanced on each of the four racers. The same goes for BMW, the team's two carsBring Marc VDS to the start. Schubert Motorsport is busy with the ADAC GT Masters home race in Oschersleben.

Aston Martin, Porsche and Bentley are also favorites. Aston Martin has the tried and tested Vantage GT3 in Bilstein livery and a GT3 racer for Mathias Lauda, ​​Richie Stanaway and Jonathan Adam. At Porsche, the local heroes Frikadelli Racing try to set the tone. The Falken Motorsports team is also on the road with a Zuffenhausen-based driver.

At Bentley, there is still nothing to be seen of the M-Sport factory team. The English will not appear again in the Eifel until the 24h race. Until then, HTP-Motorsport has to take over the development work. Most recently, however, they struggled with the problems of exceeding the noise limits.

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