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VLN result 5th race 2012: Fast brothers in the marathon sprint

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A thermos of tea, a few cookies and a picnic blanket - that would have been the more comfortable way to finish the fifth run to follow the VLN endurance championship. After all, it's no secret that after the 2 4h race at the Nürburgring is often a little out of breath. The starting list with around 150 cars at half-time seemed to fit into the picture.

Gullwing racing car wins in the photo finish

Think, it was the nerve-wracking variant with lots of coffee, countless cigarettes and trembling hands. 0.338 seconds - the blink of an eye after four hours made the difference between the winner Alex Roloff in the Rowe-Mercedes and Marc Lieb in the Manthey-Porsche, the second-closest finish in VLN history.

Let's rewind a quarter of an hour: Roloff comes to the last stop on lap 26, Lieb has already finished the final service. Roloff squeezes in front of Lieb after the pit exit. The war of nerves begins. On the Döttinger Höhe, Lieb rushes past, but Roloff counters.

'I just pinched my ass cheeks together,' he says. On the next cycle the two separate 0.2 seconds. The clock on the start-finish straight shows 19 seconds, you have to board another lap around the Nordschleife. Roloff has one of the most difficult challenges of his career ahead of him, 24.369 kilometers separate him from victory.

With Porsche works driver Marc Lieb, a real Nordschleife specialist is chasing him. Team boss Olaf Manthey knows about the qualities of his coachman: “Without Marc we wouldn't have a chance against the big guys.” After the pinstripe Porsche and the long-nosed Mercedes SLS AMG have turned onto the Nordschleife, those responsible at the pit wall only have telemetry . And biting your fingernails. TV pictures are only available from the Grand Prix course. The Rowe boys cheer on their protégé over the radio. Not completely suitable for minors. Roloff is so concentrated that he can't even answer.

It was a great VLN race

On the Döttinger Höhe, the SLS and the RSR come up against a lapped road. Lieb almost comes by. But only almost. Roloff spreads out. A few seconds later Rowe celebrates the second VLN victory in the still youngTeam history. Shortly after the award ceremony, Roloff first has to put his thoughts in order before he can answer the journalists. “The last two laps were brutal,” said the 31-year-old. “Marc is not a nose drill. It just didn't end. ”Olaf Manthey also had this feeling:“ I thought Marc could do it because I'm used to that from him. But we don't feel like losers. It was a great race. ”

With Porsche works driver Marc Lieb, a real Nordschleife specialist is chasing him. Team boss Olaf Manthey knows about the qualities of his coachman: “Without Marc we wouldn't have a chance against the big guys.” After the pinstripe Porsche and the long-nosed Mercedes SLS AMG have turned onto the Nordschleife, those responsible at the pit wall only have telemetry . And biting your fingernails. TV pictures are only available from the Grand Prix course. The Rowe boys cheer on their protégé over the radio. Not completely suitable for minors. Roloff is so concentrated that he can't even answer.

It was a great race

Up the Döttinger Höhe, the SLS and the RSR run on a lapped road. Lieb almost comes by. But only almost. Roloff spreads out. A few seconds later, Rowe celebrates the second VLN victory in the young team's history. Shortly after the award ceremony, Roloff first has to put his thoughts in order before he can answer the journalists. “The last two laps were brutal,” said the 31-year-old. “Marc is not a nose drill. It just didn't end. ”Olaf Manthey also had this feeling:“ I thought Marc could do it because I'm used to that from him. But we don't feel like losers. It was a great race. ”

Lieb already imagined the reason for the lost victory at the start:“ I haven't seen a red light, they were already past me on the left and right. ”Maybe the traffic light circuit was working not right? Or did it smell like an early start? After the race, race director Hans-Jürgen Hilgeland said: “We watched the start together with the experts and found no misconduct. As soon as the red light goes out, the race is open. ”

Roloff's teammate Jan Seyffarth attacked at the start and laid the foundation for victory with a strong first stint and around 30 seconds ahead. Lieb had to grapple with Christopher Mies in the Audi R8 in third place and lost valuable time. 'He blocked a lot,' grumbled Lieb. In addition, a creeping flat tire forced the Manthey troop to brainstorm strategy. Lieb's team-mate Jochen Krumbach had to make the second stop one lap earlier than planned. 'Otherwise we would have been more flexible,' said Manthey. “So everyone could see at the last stop whether we were filling up for 28 or 29 laps.”

Bad luck for the winner of the fourth VLN run

Some of the favorites were not interested at all more. they satalready having coffee in the lounge or were on the way home. Local hero Phoenix was hit very hard after winning the fourth VLN run. Luca Ludwig and Christer Jöns's Audi R8 triggered a pile-up on the first lap. Ludwig was traveling with a creeping flat tire on the right rear wheel. In the compression just before the Fuchsröhre the Michelin tire burst and the R8 turned into the plank. When spinning back on the track, he tore the Wochenspiegel-Manthey-Porsche and Uwe Alzen's Cup-Porsche to ruin. The second Audi R8 said goodbye with a damaged wheel bearing on the rear axle.

In return, the Raeder-Audi made it to the finish line for the first time this season - and with third place straight away on the podium. “Our boys always did a good job,” said Frank Biela. “The fact that we are now celebrating the first finish, we drivers also have to chalk ourselves up to some extent.”

VLN races mutate into sprint races

For a long time, the details of victory at the VLN have been decisive or defeat. The VLN runs mutate into sprint races, on the track and in the pit lane. It's no longer a matter of seconds, but of tenths and the right tactics. “You have to do the math right from the start,” says Manthey.

The professionalism is steadily increasing. As a result, all of the team bosses from the top group have hired errunners to check the competition's refueling times. In the GT3, thanks to the tank flow limiter, this is 144 seconds - regardless of whether 100 or 120 liters are refilled. But distrust dominates: From the Porsche warehouse there is an echo that Mercedes stood too short, Mercedes grumbles, the Porsche stop was damn quick. Who is right?

The truth is, several variables play a role in fueling time. On the one hand, of course, the tank volume limiter, on the other hand, there is the speed of the fuel pump. The remaining amount of fuel in the tank can also affect the pressure and thus the service life. Even the angle of the tank pilot and where the fuel hits the tank can make a difference. In a race that involves tenths of a second, these factors suddenly become immensely important.

VLN races are decided in the pits

Norbert Kreyer, member of the technical committee of ADAC Nordrhein, too , DMSB and VLN, identified the stops as Achilles heels. In the great arms race, consumption and downtime play an important role. 'It can be clearly seen that the races are often decided in the pits,' said Kreyer. The magic question is: who has how much leftover fuel on board? One solution: The technical committee puts an errand boy at every petrol pump. Kreyer does not consider this variant to be practical. That is why he and his colleagues are now working on a solution to better regulate the issue of consumption.

The same applies to the areas of aerodynamics and tires. Was the guideline forThe lap times in the race last year were 8.30 minutes, the GT3-Brummer now bolted around the Nordschleife in 8.12 minutes. The lap time improvements are mainly due to the aerodynamics and the tires. In addition, the manufacturers have recently come to the ring with update packages. So there will probably be no more time in the VLN for teapots, cookies and picnic blankets.

The sixth round of the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring, the 35th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen, will take place on July 21. The distance is four hours.

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