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VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours News Round Up
Cockpits Filling Fast (And A Free Drive Up For Grabs)

We were actually supposed to bring you a report from the opening VLN race this past Saturday, but because of force majeure - snow fall - the VLN had to cancel the 60th ADAC Westfalenfahrt. This didn’t stop teams from starting to fill up their cockpits ahead of the VLN Test- und Einstellfahrten, which will be held April 5th and 6th.

Marc VDS Racing has already filled up the seats in their two BMW Z4 GT3s for the Ring 24. While the exact breakup of the eight drivers has still to be determined, the Belgian team will put its trust in Richard Göransson, Dominik Schwager and Andrea Piccini in addition to their regular racers Markus Palttala, Bas Leinders, Maxime Martin, Henri Moser and Yelmer Buurman. This should make the two Belgian BMWs a favourite to contest for the overall podium in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Porsche will once again be the strongest group in the SP9 class, which is for GT3 cars. After last year’s debut season, Timbuli Racing is back in the VLN; this time fielding two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in 2013 wide-body spec. After already signing Christopher Brück and Pierre Kaffer to join last year’s drivers Marc Hennerici, Norbert Siedler and Marco Seefried, Volker Wolf’s team has signed Jaap van Lagen to complete their driver lineup.

After testing multiple cars, including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, BMW Z4 GT3 and Alpina B6 GT3, team boss Klaus Abbelen has decided to purchase a new Porsche 911 GT3 R for his Frikadelli-Racing Team, where he will share the driving duties with Sabine Schmitz and Patrick Huisman. For the 24 Hours they will be joined by a member of the Porsche works-driver squad, rumoured to be Patrick Pilet.

Two years ago the Stuck3 initiative was launched at the Nürburgring for the farewell race of legend Hans-Joachim Stuck, when he shared a Lamborghini Gallardo with his sons Ferdinand and Johannes plus Dennis Rostek. After racing in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 last year, Johannes and Ferdinand are back with the VAG group. In 2013 they will race a 2013-spec Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra in the full VLN season and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. At the race twice around the clock they will be joined by last year’s winner Frank Stippler and Michael Ammermüller.

New to the GT3 class is Bonk-Motorsport - the multiple VLN championship-winning team has purchased a new BMW Z4 GT3 and will field the car with Dunlop support for Henry Walkenhorst and Ralf Overhaus.

Ever dreamed about racing in the ‘Green Hell’ for free? If so, this is your chance to build on your Nordschleife experience: members of Toyota Motorsport GmbH have founded a privateer team to field at least one Toyota TMG GT86-Cup car in up to five VLN races. For the driving duties, the Cologne-based team is looking for young racers with first-hand experience of the Nordschleife. So, if you are at or below the maximum age of 28, hold a motorsport licence and have experience of at least ten races on the Nordschleife, you can get further details – here – or via TMG-GT86cup@ikmedia.de

But we also have to report some bad news, LMS Engineering has decided to withdraw heir Audi TT-RS that was supposed to carry the Number 1 sticker after winning last years VLN championship. The withdrawal of the TT-RS has been caused by ongoing delays in the delivery of engine parts for the self-developed 5 cylinder turbo engine and also by questions with the government body regarding the rating of the engine as a stock one.

Sören Herweg