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VLN Test Day Round Up
All Signs Pointing Towards A Great Season

This past Saturday was the first day that all the VLN teams could test their cars in 2010, reports Sören Herweg. The Nordschleife was snow-free for the first time this year, and for most of the teams it was also an opportunity to get accustomed with their new cars.

In the Manthey Racing pits were all in all nine of the team’s Porsches, with two being serviced by the Porsche Motorsport Engineers out of Weissach. The all-new Porsche 997 GT3 R Hybrid was having its Nordschleifen debut alongside its brother, the GT3 R.

Also on hand was the street-legal Porsche 997 GT3 RS to be driven by Walter Röhrl, Roland Asch, Horst von Saurma and Chris Harris.

For the Manthey mechanics it was a day to get to know their three new Porsche 997 GT3 R, with the green and yellow one being the lead car. This will be driven by Marcel Tiemann, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard for most of the early season, while another spearhead in the Manthey pits was the Haribo Porsche 997 GT3 R; which will see Richard Westbrook, Lance-David Arnold, Christian Menzel and Alexandros Margeritis behind the wheel for the VLN and the 24 Hours. The third GT3 R belongs to the Wochenspiegel team, with a fourth expected to debut at the third race of the season.

Manthey’s biggest competitor from last year, Audi, was back in full force, with eight Audi R8s present; Abt, Black-Falcon, Phoenix Racing and Joest Racing each fielding two cars. The Joest Racing cars are those of the Audi race experience, an ‘arrive and drive’ program. One of the Abt Audis, presumably with Oliver Jarvis behind the wheel, crashed early on Saturday morning.

Rumours suggest that we will se at least seven Audi R8 LMS at the 24 Hours in May.

The new competitor is BMW, bringing its all new Z4 GT3 and two of the BMW M3 GT2 to the ‘Ring. The M3s were driven by Dirk Adorf, Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen, who only drove the car on Friday and was tied to the bed on Saturday with the flu.

Making its Nordschleifen premiere was the new BMW Z4 GT3 in the hands of Augusto Farfus and Claudia Hürtgen. The Schubert Team prepared the car and is planning on fielding two of those this coming Saturday during the VLN opener.

A DSC regular was seen on Friday in the pits; Allan Simonsen being present Farnbacher Racing and a Ferrari F430 GT2.

The team was not there to test for the Le Mans Series, but was instead trying the Ferrari on the Nordschleife for a VLN and 24 Hours campaign. Allan got himself accustomed to the Nordschleife in a Porsche Cup Car before getting behind the wheel of the Ferrari.

The team will be back this weekend to prepare for the 24 Hours.

All in all the signs are pointing towards a great VLN season, which begins this coming Saturday (27th) with the 57th ADAC Westfalenfahrt.

Sören Herweg