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VLN Test- und Einstellfahrten Report

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Typical Eifel weather greeted everyone on Saturday morning - wet and cold - but it got better during the day as the sun finally came through for the final two hours of the test session.


Land Motorsport unveiled its newly designed Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, which is now painted in a blue, silver, red scheme. The car is going to be driven all season by Toto Wolff. “I am going to share the Porsche with various partners; this weekend it is Dirk Werner, but he wont be here next weekend because of ALMS commitment. The other partners should be some surprises,” the Austrian said about his plans for the season.



A little bit further down the pitlane were Mühlner Motorsport and Alpina. Mühlner brought three Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S to the Ring, but tested only with one on Saturday. The Spa-Francorchamps based team is planning on fielding three in the GT Masters, and two in each the VLN and the FIA GT3 championship.



The Alpina B6 GT3 had its Nordschleife debut in the hands of Claudia Hürtgen; the fast lady starting a preparation for a 24 Hours Nürburgring participation with the nice-sounding car.



Almost at the End of the pitlane, Phoenix Racing was preparing its Audi R8 LMS. On Friday Marc Basseng, Frank Stippler and Frank Biela shared the sportscar, while on Saturday Mike Rockenfeller, Christian Abt and Marcel Fässler pushed the Audi around the Green Hell.



Over at Manthey Racing, the Wochenspiegel team brought two cars - a modified Cup Car and a new Cup S - but they would only leave with the Cup car intact. The Cup S had a crash in the Hohenrain Schikane, when Peter Paul Pietsch lost control of the GT3, damaging it badly. All the other cars of Olaf Manthey drove without any problems.


The championship winners of last year, Black Falcon, will field seven, yes seven, cars during the season. A BMW Z4 in the V5, the second highest production car class, will carry the number 1. The lead car is going to be a BMW E92 V8 in the Sp7.



During the press conference it was announced that the VLN has 190 teams signed up for the season - not too bad in these challenging economic times.


Sören Herweg