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Result 8th VLN race 2012: Audi team with tactics to victory

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B A morning qualifying session with typical Eifel weather has changed the Manthey team with Jochen Krumbach, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet still headed the field. In 8: 22.206 minutes the Porsche with start number ten lapped the 24.369 kilometer combination of Nürburgring short connection and Nordschleife on a drying track.

VLN rookie convinces at the premiere

According to Manthey tradition, the debutant was allowed to drive the starting stint at the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring: The 30-year-old Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet was able to face many Nordschleife professionals despite 156 vehicles maintain the lead. 'My stint was just brilliant,' said the Frenchman happily. 'I felt the pressure, but my team's announcement was clear: stay ahead as long as you feel good. And since I felt extremely comfortable in the Manthey-Porsche, I did everything I could to defend the lead.' p>

Manthey regular driver Jochen Krumbach took over the fastest 911 and then fought an exciting duel with the Phönix R8, which ended in a collision between the two vehicles. Due to braking problems, the Audi hit the rear of the Porsche in the pit entrance and then overtook him on the left. Both were able to continue the VLN race. However, a few laps before the end, Bernhardt had to steer the leading Manthey-Porsche (# 10) into the pits to refuel, thus relinquishing the top position.

Tactical masterpiece makes Raeder triumph

But it was not the Audi R8 LMS Ultra from Team Phoenix that crossed the finish line as First, but the customer racing model colleagues from Raeder Motorsport. Frank Biela, Christian Hohenadel and Thomas Mutsch took victory after a race distance of four hours with a margin of 1.748 seconds. For this, the tank strategy was adapted to the race. The Raeder-R8 made its first pit stop after the ninth lap. The second refueling followed just three laps later because the Audi was stopped in traffic. This eliminated a short splash-and-dash pit stop at the end of the race.

'The tactics were an important cornerstone of our success today,' said Biela. 'In addition, after finishing third and second in the previous races, victory was now the logical next step.' Mutsch, who was in the last stinthad to fend off Stippler's attacks and was happy about his first VLN victory.

Third place in the eighth VLN race went to the Manthey-Porsche of Jochen Krumbach, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet. For the second time in a row, the Timbuli-Porsche landed in fourth place ahead of their brand colleagues from Falken Motorsports. Behind the second Phoenix-R8, the fastest Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 from Rowe Racing landed in seventh position.

Record placement for FH Köln Motorsport

The closest finish came in the SP4T class. Anja Wassertheurer and Daniela Schmid crossed the finish line in the Audi TT RS from the Cologne Motorsport University of Applied Sciences, 1.050 seconds ahead of the Ingolstadt counterpart from Raeder Motorsport and, in addition to the class win, they also took the best overall placement with 14th place.

The group win Uwe Alzen and Philipp Wlazik won the Cup vehicles in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Group H victory went to Hubert Nacken and Ulli Packeisen and Tim Scheerbarth, Carsten Knechtges and Steve Jans in the BMW M3 from Black Falcon were ahead in the VLN series cars.

The TV broadcaster Sport1 will be showing a one-hour summary of the VLN race on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
The ninth round of the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring, the 36th DMV AC Monheim's 250-mile race leads the standard distance of four hours on September 29th.

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