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VLN 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal Rennen – Race Report
Manthey Does The Hat Trick

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There is a sentence in a movie, quoting “It always rains at Le Mans”, but it also fits another great track, the Nürburgring. As during all seven VLN events and the 24 Hour Race in 2009, the flood gates opened at least once during this event. And Petrus kept his word with having rain all during the Saturday event, so there was no chance of trying to go for the 1000 Kilometre distance; which almost fell 2 years ago when the winning Manthey trio was able to do some 998 Kilometres, and all this in a GT2 car.

During qualification the Ford GT of Raeder Motorsport won its second consecutive pole-position; the lap of 8:15.778 another impressive one by the Nordschleifen specialist Dirk Adorf. Second was the Mamerow Porsche, ahead of the Wochenspiegel Team Manthey car, driven by Marcel Tiemann; who was also entered in the other Manthey top car, the 997 RSR.

Adorf was also able to take the lead from the start away, while Tiemann, in the Wochenspiegel Porsche, was able to get past Chris Mamerow, in the family owned Porsche. Behind them the Audi fell back a little bit, because of tyre problems.

After the first round of pit stops, Chris Mamerow was able to get past the Ford GT, taking over the lead; by this time the Wochenspiegel Porsche was already retired with a driveshaft problem. Meanwhile, the Manthey RSR, now driven by Marc Lieb, was charging towards the front and took the lead when the Mamerow Car retired with a suspension failure, meaning another disappointing result for the Adenau based team.

The Manthey car had a lead of more than two minutes on the Ford GT, when Thomas Mutsch crashed the remake of the legendary Ford GT at Pflanzgarten. Meanwhile, the Audi R8 LMS of Phoenix Racing was charging towards the front, battling for a long time with the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup of Uwe Alzen; but in the end the Audi held the advantage over the Porsche.

In the end the Manthey RSR was able to score its fourth victory of the season and win its third 6 hours race in a row.

Second went to the Audi R8 LMS, keeping up the good run for the GT3 machine on the Nordschleife. A surprise third was the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S of Mühlner Motorsport, driven by Oliver Kainz and Frank Schmickler.

This came as a surprise to the team, as it expected to finish fourth for the third time in the six VLN races; but this time luck was on their side. The Cup Porsche of Uwe Alzen did its 39th lap only on the GP-Circuit, which is not what the rulebook states, and because of this the car was not listed in the results.

The VLN now goes into its six weeks summer break, before continuing on August 29th with the 32nd RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen.

Full results here

Sören Herweg