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VLN 50th ADAC Reinoldus Langstreckenrennen - Race Report
Manthey Back In Winning Form

The excited winners of the 50th ADAC Reinoldus Langstreckenrennen were Marc Lieb and Arno Klasen . The Manthey team took the chequered flag in the Porsche 911 GT3 R in first position at the end of 25 race laps.

Frank Stipler’s (Bad Münstereifel/ Germany) demeanour, in contrast, was more reserved and the Audi R8 LMS of Phoenix-Racing was missing at the winner’s podium. On lap 27 – just a few minutes before the four hours race time had elapsed – his team mate Hans-Joachim Stuck had an accident at the section Aremberg just when it started raining. The race driver who lives in Austria suffered a concussion but fortunately no other injuries. Stuck was nevertheless taken to the Hospital St. Elisabeth for a medical check.

Race Control stopped the race with the red flag and the classification was established on basis of the standing after 25 race laps. As more than 60% of the race distance had been covered, full points were awarded for this fifth round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring. In third position finished Christian Mamerow and Alexander Roloff in the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Mamerow-Racing. A 30 minutes summary of the race will be broadcast on Sport 1 on 10th July at 11:45hrs.

A big fight between the Manthey-Porsche and the Phoenix-Audi began right after the start, while Mamerow was not able to follow the pace of the two leaders.

In the second half of the race, the Mamerow-Porsche had a close battle for place three with the Porsche of the Haribo Team-Manthey driven by Lance David Arnold (Duisburg/ Germany) and Richard Westbrook (Great Britain). “We did our utmost right up to the finish line”, said Mamerow, “and we were finally rewarded with place three which was the maximum we could achieve today.”

At the 50th Reinoldus Langstreckenrennen, Lieb celebrated his tenth overall victory in this most popular endurance racing championship in Europe and for Klasen this was his 23rd triumph. The ambitious private driver is thus shown in fifth place in the statistics of overall wins (since 1983). “Last race was the first time for me to drive the Porsche 911 GT3 R and I already scored my first win with this race car today”, said the happy Klassen after the race. “Marc is simply brilliant in the Porsche but my lap times today were super, too. The GT3 is easier to drive than the RSR of previous years. I am now looking forward to the remaining races of the season.”

Arnold/ Westbrook were finally classified in fourth place. Into positions five and six followed Mike Stursberg and Oliver Kainz in the second Haribo-Porsche and Rudi Adams, Stefan Aust and Peter Posavac (Essen/ Germany) in the BMW Z4 GT3 entered by Dörr-Motorsport. The top 10 was completed by Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen in a Porsche 911 GT3 R, Dirk Riebensahm, Christian Kohlhaas and Christopher Brück in the Dodge Viper GT3 of the Vulkan-Racing-Team Mintgen Motorsport as well as Georg Weiss, Michael Jacobs and Peter-Paul Pietsch in another Porsche 911 GT3 R of the Wochenspiegel Team Manthey.

Race result - here

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