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VLN, 37th DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen – Race Report
Manthey Takes The Win After Rain Halts The Race

Just like two weeks ago at the VLN opening round, bad weather brought an early end to the second round; this time heavy rain and hail being the reason for the race to be stopped about 20 minutes prematurely. Because of this rain a heavy accident - involving among others the Pinta Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R - occurred at the Wippermann–Eschbach section, blocking the track and hammering the final nail into the coffin of the race.

The overall victory went to the Manthey-Porsche 911 GT3 R duo of Marc Lieb and Jochen Krumbach. When the red flag came out the duo still had a final splash & dash pitstop to do, but the pine-stripe Porsche was able to fight for the top spots the whole race.

After starting from sixth place on the grid, Marc Lieb was able to take the lead after about one hour. His co driver Jochen Krumbach did another superb nine lap stint and turned the car back over to Marc Lieb. When the chequered flag and red flag came out there was much rejoicing in the Manthey pits as this became the first ever victory for Jochen Krumbach, who has competed in the VLN since 1993; “Man I am so happy for Jochen, he is really a good guy and has worked so hard for this,” said Lieb. “But this race today was definitely one of the hardest I’ve had on the Green Hell - going out on slicks in wet sessions is for sure not a thing of beauty.

“One of our keys to the race was probably our ability to do nine-lap stints on a tank of fuel. If the race had gone the regular distance I would have had to stop for a just a few drops of fuel to make it to the flag, so I am sure we still would have won the race.”

Second place went to the BMW Z4 GT3 of the BMW Team Schubert, shared by Dirk Adorf, Claudia Hürtgen and Dominik Schwager.

As with the winning Manthey-Porsche the BMW trio still had to make its final pit stop; “Our race was pretty difficult, mainly to a bad decision to go out late in the qualifying,” said Adorf. “If you don’t start up front here your first laps are pretty hard as you have to fight your competition and the traffic for places. So we can’t complain about our results - if the red flag hadn’t come out we would probably be standing in third and not second.”

Uwe Alzen and Nico Bastian, who were fighting the Manthey-Porsche for the overall victory but already had made their final visit to the BMW Team Schubert pits, were classified third; “Sometimes you take the victory and sometimes you have to go home in third,” said Bastian.

“That’s tough luck. But the whole race today went pretty well - Uwe took the lead and I was able to use the gap when I got into the car. After my final pit stop, when I got new tires and was fuelled up I thought this should be interesting between me and the Manthey-Porsche; but then came the red flag. All in all we made good progress looking towards for the 24 hour race, so I am looking forward to my next outing in two weeks time.”

Fourth place went to the Timbuli Racing Porsche, which took second place two weeks ago. This time it was shared by Norbert Siedler, Marco Seefried and Dennis Busch, and finished one place ahead of the Phoenix-Racing Audi R8 LMS of Marc Basseng, Marcel Fässler and Andrea Piccini.

The fan favourite Porsche 911 GT3 R of Frikadelli-Racing, shared by Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz, Christopher Brück and Patrick Huismann, finished sixth.

Seventh and eighth places went to the two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s of Rowe-Racing, with Thomas Jäger/Jan Seyffarth finishing ahead of their team mates Roland Rehfeld, Marko Hartung and Alexander Roloff. Along with his third place finish Uwe Alzen also finished in ninth place in his own Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which he shared with Robert Renauer and Philipp Wlazik. After Round One went badly for the McLaren MP4-12C GT3s, with both cars going out of the race fairly early, the Dörr Motorsport trio of Arno Klasen, Peter Posavac and Peter Kox finished in tenth place; while, in one of its preparation races for the 24 Hours, the Young Driver Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck and Dennis Rostek finished in 18th place.

Tough luck was on order for the pole sitting Vita4One BMW Z4 GT3, when it had to retire with technical problems.

The next round of the VLN takes place on April 29th. This will be the final race before the 24 Hours Nürburgring-Nordschleife; but despite this fact, expect many of the usual cars to be present, as there is still a lot of sorting out to do - we might also see one of DSC’s favourite Danes at the Nürburgring.

Race result - Here

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