VLN (NLS) 2022, Preview 7th round: Porsche debut

At the seventh NLS race (October 8th), the new Porsche 911 GT3 R completes its first race. He starts in the SP-X class. In addition, 131 other participants are registered. We have all the info in the preview.

At the end of the season, fans of the Nürburgring endurance series are experiencing a golden October in the truest sense of the word. Because with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R of the 992 generation, they are offered a real highlight: It is the first use of the new GT3 racing car at a racing event. No wonder, after all, the Nordschleife is considered the ideal testing ground for testing new racing cars.

Manthey uses a new Porsche

The 911 will be driven by Julien Andlauer and Frédéric Makowiecki. Manthey Racing takes care of the use of the car, which should eventually also get into the hands of other Porsche teams such as Falken and Co. at the upcoming event. The new racer has been registered in the SP-X class, which is traditionally intended for cars that do not yet have a GT3 homologation.

In addition to the Porsche 911 GT3 R, 15 other participants in the classic GT3 squad are also fighting for overall victory. Once again, the top favorites include the Phoenix-Audi (Giermaziak/Schramm/Engstler), Stippler/Kolb's sister car and the Walkenhorst-BMW M4 GT3 from Tuck/Müller/Krognes. In addition, Schnitzelalm Racing, CP Racing, Landgraf Motorsport and Haupt Motorsport will be lining up four Mercedes-AMGs.

The traditional teams Huber Motorsport with their Porsche 911 GT3 R and Lionspeed by Car Collection with the Audi R8 LMS are also represented again. Car Collection can count on the support of the two Audi works drivers Chris Mies and Patric Niederhauser this time.

Ex-Formula 1 driver at the start

Not only in the GT3 class can you find some well-known names in the starter list. The three-time Le Mans winner and ex-Formula 1 driver Kazuki Nakajima will be at the start together with Heiko Tönges in the Toyota GT86 from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Germany powered by Ring Racing. Ex-DTM driver Ferdinand Habsburg, great-grandson of Charles I of Austria, tackles the race together with Benjamin Goethe in the BMW 330i of the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive.

In addition, the two Porsche Carrera Cup specialists Laurin Heinrich and Larry ten Voorde are represented with Georg Kiefer in the Porsche Cayman GT4 CS from Four Motors Bioconcept Car in the alternative fuel class.

Championship final sprint

In the championship, Daniel Zils, Oskar Sandberg and Sindre Setsaas in the BMW 330i of the Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive lead the table with a 17-point lead. Mauro Calamia, Ivan Jacoma and Kai Riemer are hot on their heels in the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS (982) from CUP3.

As always, the race starts on Saturday at 12 noon (October 8th) and lasts four hours. We show both qualifying and the race in the live stream .


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