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VLN, 33rd DMV 250-Meilen-Rennen - Race Report
Two In A Row For Mamerow

Chris Mamerow and Dirk Werner celebrated their second successive victory for the team of Mamerow-Racing at the ninth round of the BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring.

At the race finish, the winning crew had an advantage of 48.230 seconds over Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx, who also recorded an excellent result following the second participation of the BMW M3 GT2 on the demanding Nordschleife, finishing on the podium.

The fight for third position was finally won by Jürgen Alzen, Dominik Schwager and Christian Menzel in their Porsche 911 GT3, in a photo finish with Hans-Joachim Stuck, Frank Biela and Frank Stippler in the Audi R8 LMS entered by Phoenix-Racing. The Audi team finished just 0.038 seconds behind, which was hardly visible to the naked eye.

Dirk Adorf who started from pole position in the Ford GT first went into the race lead. Unfortunately, once again luck was not on the side of the team of Raeder-Automotive. The last race-participation of Hermann Tilke ended when he was in the leading group with a gearbox failure on lap 13. The architect from Aachen, who is responsible for the design of many of the modern race circuits all over the world, announced that he does not wish to continue racing in top cars.

Under adverse weather conditions, the lead in mid-race changed eight times in total, before Mamerow and Werner established themselves in the lead on lap 15. “Today, we took the right decisions every time when we changed from slicks to rain tyres”, said Mamerow. “That was our key to success today. Although the track was partly very slippery, our lap times had always been competitive. When we had gained an advantage of about one minute, we realized that another victory would be within reach.”

After the race, Dirk Müller above all gave a big compliment to the track marshals: “We would not have been able to score this success without the track marshals out there around the circuit. Each lap today at the Nordschleife was different and the signalling of wet sections was more than helpful for us drivers. I therefore wish to say a big thank you.”

The big duel of the event took place in the final part of the race in the fight for third position. Alzen and Stippler crossed the finish line after lap 25 at exactly the same time. The latter decided to change to intermediates as rain set in. “That was a wrong decision”, reflected Stippler. “Although I was able to catch up to Alzen we finally lost by a split of a second.” The second position on the podium of the season was a great success for driver and team manager Jürgen Alzen. “We just made it finally, with some luck”, he admitted. “We had a slow puncture in the last lap so that I was not able to go at full speed on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe.”

With Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen, Armin Hahne, Jochen Krumbach and Marco Holzer as well as Uwe Alzen and Lance David Arnold, three Porsche teams finished in positions five to seven behind the four winning crews. The top ten was completed by Andreas and Ralf Schall in an Opel Astra V8 Coupé, Matthias Weiland and Andzej Dzikevic in a Porsche Cup as well as Altfried Heger (Essen), Sascha Bert and Marc Anton Bronzel in the Dodge Viper of the team Zakspeed-Racing.

With its eighth class win (currently seven out of nine races are considered) in the class of VLN series cars up to 2500 cc cylinder capacity, the Black-Falcon-Team of Alexander Böhm, Sean Paul Breslin and Christer Jöns increased its lead in the championship classification. Even though Rolf Derscheid and Michael Flehmer on their part scored their seventh class victory in the class of VLN series cars up to 1.850 cc cylinder capacity, the gap has now increased to 0.4 points and cannot be made up at the season finale on October 31st. Böhm, who will receive the award for the champions in two weeks time together with Breslin and Jöns, is the first driver since Dirk Adorf in the years 1996 and 1997 who was able to defend his title in the most popular endurance racing championship in Europe.

On 31st of October, the 34th DMV Münsterlandpokal will take place as the final round of the 2009 BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring. This tenth race will cover the distance of four hours before the engines will be stopped in the ‘green hell’ until next spring.

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