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VLN, 55th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup – Preview
Full House For The 24 Hours Dress Rehearsal

After the VLN season opener entertained the fans with an impressive number of GT3 cars, we will have a new record high of GT3 racers at this weekend’s 55th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup, which is also the dress rehearsal for the 24 Hour race. No fewer then 32 cars have signed up for the four-hour race and they should give a good preview of the balance of performance.


The start of the 54th edition

The season opener winning driver trio will be reduced to just a pair of drivers, as Jörg Müller is busy at the ADAC GT Masters season opener; leaving Dirk Müller and Augusto Farfus to share the driving duties. In the second Schubert BMW Z4 we will also see a driver change, as Claudia Hürtgen is also racing at Oschersleben; Dirk Adorf taking the seat next to Jens Klingmann and Martin Tomczyk. After missing the last VLN-round due to their Blancpain commitments, Belgian squad Marc VDS Racing has signed up three BMW Z4 GT3s for this weekend’s race and all of their 24 Hours drivers will get to drive in the race. Also fielding BMWs will be Walkenhorst Motorsport and Uwe Alzen Automotive.

Let’s stay with three car teams, with Black Falcon and Rowe-Racing each fielding a trio of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. In the lead Black Falcon car Sean Edwards, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bernd Schneider will share the steering wheel, while the other cars are piloted by Vimal Metha/Khaled al Qubaisi and Nicki Thiim/Christian Bracke. At Rowe Racing, Jan Seyffarth and Alexander Roloff will step aside in the lead car and give Klaus Graf and Nico Bastian a chance to get acquainted with the gullwing before the 24 Hour race. The other two cars will see their amateur drivers behind the wheel, albeit they’ll be joined by Lance-David Arnold and Roland Rehfeld.

This past Friday Phoenix Racing announced the formation of G-Drive Racing by Phoenix, which will see two Audi R8 LMS ultras take part in the 24 Hour race. The newly formed team will be giving its VLN premiere on Saturday, when Roman Rusinov shares one car with Frank Biela and Luca Ludwig. The other Audi sees Marcel Fässler, Markus Winkelhock and Michael Ammermüller as drivers. In the third Phoenix Audi the Stuck Brothers, Johannes and Ferdinand, will be supported by Frank Stippler. New to the grid for 2013 will be Audi Race Experience, where Rahel Frey gets her Nordschleife debut, and Team WRT, which has Christopher Haase, Edward Sandström and Laurens Vanthoor sharing driving duties.

In the Porsche 911 GT3 R we will see the season debut of Haribo-Racing, where Richard Westbrook is sharing the 911 with Mike Stursberg and Hans Guido Riegel; and Falken Motorsport, with Peter Dumbreck and Wolf Henzler in the cockpit. With many drivers on ADAC GT Masters duties, Pinta Racing boss Michael Illbrück will be supported by Richard Lietz, who is no stranger to the Manthey-Racing squad. At Frikadelli Racing Patrick Pilet will be on duty to prepare himself for his 24 Hours drive; and, to keep it going with the Porsche Works drivers squad, we have Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard joining Jochen Krumbach in the Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and new Porsche junior Connor De Philippi on duty in one of Manthey’s Cup cars.

But lets not cut short the exotic GT3 cars. Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke will pilot the works Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3, while Peter Kox joins Dörr Motorsport in their McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

Sören Herweg