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VLN - Result 1st run 2010: An exciting start with a three-brand podium

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F he team Manthey Racing brings the first title of the 2010 season to the season opener. The Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Marcel Tiemann, Marc Lieb and Time Bernhard crosses the finish line after four hours as first with an average lap time of 8:26 minutes. Mattias Ekström and Emmanuel Collard in their Audi R8 from Abt Sportsline finished in second place. The gap after 27 laps is 14.5 seconds. Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy complete the podium with the BMW M3. 'It feels good to be on the podium here at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife,' said Farfus happily after the race. 'However, our competition has also shown its class. We have to keep working to be as prepared as possible for the 24-hour race.'

On Saturday (March 27th) a total of 163 vehicles started in Europe's most popular mass sports series. The mixed field consists of Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 LMS, BMW M3 and Z4 GT3, Corvette C6, Dodge Viper, Ferrari F430, Ginetta G50, Lexus LFA as well as Porsche 911 and many others. After four hours around the 24-kilometer combination on the Nürburgring short connection and the Nordschleife, 115 racing cars see the checkered flag.

Audi R8 starts from pole position

In typical Eifel weather - with rain in qualifying and sunshine at the start - the Audi is stationary R8 of Joens, Breslin and Stuck on pole position after a lap time of 8:37 minutes in the first timed practice. In the race, the Black Falcon team's R8 has to give up the lead to its brand colleagues from Phoenix Racing in the second lap. In addition, the R8 piloted by Stippler, Basseng and Kaffer sets the fastest time of the day with 8: 18,301 minutes on the same lap. In the event of an unscheduled pit stop on lap 15, the race for the Audi number 99 ends due to technical problems.

The top is hard fought and only towards the end of the race the Manthey-Porsche can save the lead at the finish. 'To be right at the top of the podium in the world's first race for the new car is extraordinary,' said Bernhard happily. HisWorks driver colleague Lieb adds: 'It seems that the new 911 GT3 R has inherited the proverbial reliability of all racing 911s.'

Hybrid Porsche with promising debut

In addition to the GT3 R, the team with Porsche support also uses a hybrid version of the 911 that stores the energy recovered during braking in an electric flywheel. On its racing debut, Porsche works drivers Lietz, Bergmeister and Ragginger drive the hybrid model in sixth place overall. 'I am very positively surprised at how well our car worked in its first race,' said Bergemeister, drawing a positive conclusion. 'We tried out a lot of things in the race and will continue to develop the hybrid drive intensively up to the 24-hour race in May. Our goal is to achieve lower fuel consumption than our competitors while maintaining the same performance', explains Lietz.

sport auto projects with sensational success

This year sport auto will be competing in the 24h race with a series GT3 RS . In addition, the two-time rally world champion Walter Röhrl celebrates his racing comeback in the vehicle after a 17-year break. 'The car exceeded my wildest expectations and I had a lot of fun on the steering wheel', enthuses Röhrl after the first practical test with the road car and a 22nd place. 'We were able to keep up with many thoroughbred racing cars. The 911 GT3 RS was sensational, especially in fast corners and when braking. And the best thing is: If the road wasn't too far for me tonight, I could screw our license plates back onto the car without any problems drive to Regensburg. '

It is similar with the sport auto-VLN project. Together with the team from FH Köln Motorsport, a standard Ford Focus RS was converted from the street version to a racing car. In the first outing on the Nürburgring, the vehicle should first be tuned to the new conditions, but in the end the compact sports car wins the class. With 58th place in the overall ranking, the Focus RS can also hold its own against the competition.

The second round of the Nürburgring endurance championship will take place on April 10, 2010.


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