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VLN, 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup – Race Report
The Hybrid-Porsche Takes The Top Honours

If you spend less time in the pits than your competitors, this has always been a formula which would lead you to a great result and it proved once again to be working at the fourth VLN race of the season. During the four hour race the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, driven by Patrick Long, Marco Holzer and Richard Lietz only needed two pit-stops and were able to pull off the first overall victory for the Hybrid-Porsche; “It feels just great, just my third VLN race and now my first victory,” a very happy Long reported after the race. “I started the car and I am really happy that I was able to keep up with the lead pack during my stint and was able to do a mistake-free stint. I think this date will be one for the history books, a win for our Hybrid. We are here to show the same performance but more efficiency.”

Crossing the line in second was the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Manthey-Racing, driven by Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Lucas Luhr. Lieb and Dumas pulled double-duty in the race, also sharing the Porsche 911 GT3 R with Timo Bernhard. All of this is an effort by Manthey-Racing to figure out which car will be their weapon of choice for the 24 Hour race. The RSR, like its R Hybrid brother, also only needed two pit-stops. Dumas; “The decision between the R and RSR will be a very tough one, but we were able to collect a lot of data for that decision. But all in all the decision is up to Olaf.” The GT3 R was hit in the back by a competitor during the opening laps of the race, resulting in a lengthy repair-stop; eventually crossing the line in 137th place.

Third went to the Audi R8 LMS of Marc Basseng, Marcel Fässler and Mike Rockenfeller. The Phoenix-Racing fielded car needed three pitstops during the four hour distance. Fässler crossed the line less than a second behind Lieb. “Marc and I had a very fair fight, it was really fun. Today we were able to test a lot of stuff for the 24 Hours and if a podium position comes out in the end you are always happy with that.”

Race result - here

The next VLN race is on June 11th, but most of the big cars will skip this round as a precaution ahead of the 24 Hours Nürburgring; a big shunt two weeks before the big race would definitely result in some sleepless nights.

Sören Herweg