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VLN 32nd RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen – Race Report
Manthey’s Fifth

During qualification, Chris Mamerow secured his second pole position of the season. Unlike in the past six races, the former Porsche Junior was slated to take on the whole four-hour race by himself, as his usual partner Dirk Werner was racing in the ALMS and Grand-Am.

Right after the start, Sascha Bert, in the Zakspeed Viper, took the lead from Mamerow and gave everything to separate himself from the field. Behind him, Mamerow had to hold off Dirk Adorf in the Raeder Ford GT and Frank Biela in the R8 LMS; but that problem resolved itself within the first laps after Biela made contact with the Ford GT, prompting both cars to be in the pits early and being repaired. Both were thrown out of contention and fell down the timing screens.

After the first round of pit stops the Manthey Porsche 997 GT3 RSR was leading. Arno Klasen began the race, which explains perhaps why the car was not all the way up front; but when Marc Lieb got in, the lead went easily to the team of Olaf Manthey. Also Lieb’s and Klasen’s partner, Marcel Tiemann, took the win home without any problems.

Second place went to the solo driving Chris Mamerow, who was a little bit fatigued by the end, but who was still able to manage to bring home the formidable second place for his family’s team.

DTM driver Oliver Jarvis, who was making his VLN debut in the second Phoenix R8 LMS, shared with Dennis Rosteck and Nicki Thiim, crossed the finish line as third but was demoted a lap because of overtaking a slower competitor while yellow flags were shown.

This meant that the Audi fell back to 11th position and the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S of Manthey Racing was able to score its first podium of the season.

Only one non-Porsche was classified in the end in the top ten; it being the Dodge Viper of Mintgen Motorsport.

The VLN holds its next meeting on October 3rd.

Full results here

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