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VLN, 40th Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy – Race Report
Third Win For M

With sunny weather waiting, 154 cars found their way to the Nürburgring for the fourth round of the BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft. In the qualifying session, Marc Basseng scored his second Pole position of the season, after securing the Pole in the opening round of the series. This time out Basseng was driving the Mühlner Motorsport Porsche instead of the Audi R8 LMS or the Land Porsche he drove in the previous races. Second was the Ford GT of Raeder Motorsport, the team getting some nice payback after the years of struggling with the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Martin Ragginger had a big shunt in the qualification session, destroying the Wochenspiegel Porsche completely. The young Austrian was transported to the hospital in Adenau, where he checked out fine in the afternoon.

Marc Basseng won the start of the race, but had to surrender his lead when a suspension part failed in the second lap, turning the lead over to the Manthey Porsche 997 GT3 RSR. The winning car of the 24 Hours three weeks earlier went into an intense battle with the Ford GT once again, reminding a lot of people of the start of the 24h race. The Ford GT was able to get the lead after Arno Klasen took the Porsche over from Marcel Tiemann.

On Lap 13 a big accident happened behind the Spiegelkurve. The Porsche 997 GT3 of Mamerow racing broke through the barrier and the GT4 car landed a few meters down the track in a stump. Michael Schneider, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, was feeling okay after the accident, but the safety team had to extract him from the car; which was very difficult as the extraction team had to wait until the car was secured from sliding further down the hill. Because of the extraction and the repair work that had to be done, the race officials decided to halt the cars and place them in the order after the 11th lap. This meant that the Ford GT held a gap of about 17 seconds on the Manthey Porsche - if the race would have been ordered after the 12th lap, the gap would have been about 33 seconds.

After more than two hour of repairing and extraction work in the Spiegelkurve the race was restarted for a 100 minute shootout. The Ford GT and Manthey Porsche went right at it, giving each other a very hard-fought fight. In the Manthey car Marcel Tiemann only needed to get a splash of fuel and some new rear tires in the middle of the shootout, while over at Raeder, Hermann Tolke would have still to get into the car in order to be not disqualified after the race.

The decision of the race came on the second to last lap, when Tilke had a collision with a slower competitor in the Bergwerk section, giving a secure lead to the Manthey car.

Second and third place had the name Alzen on them. Jürgen Alzen, together with Dominik Schwager and Christian Menzel, took second place ahead of his brother Uwe, who shared his Cup Porsche with Lance-David Arnold. The two siblings, who separated their race operations just before the 24h race, were only separated by some nine seconds at the finish line.

The VLN goes into its next round in two weeks, when the 49th ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen takes place..

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