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VLN 33rd RCM DMV Grenzlandrennens - Race Report
Haribo-Porsche Takes The Win

Lance David Arnold and Christian Menzel were beaming just like the goldbear which decorates their Porsche 911 GT3 R. After the 4 hours race distance and 28 completed laps, the duo of the Haribo Team Manthey took the chequered flag at the end of the 33rd RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen with an advantage of 25.994 seconds over the Audi R8 LMS of Phoenix-Racing. Hans-Joachim Stuck and Frank Stippler were thus placed second for the third time in a row.

Appearing for the first time on the podium this year were Armin Hahne, Jochen Krumbach and Marc Gindorf; the team which was also driving a Porsche GT3 entered by Manthey Racing finished with a gap of 4:54.128 minutes to the race winners. With their win in the class of VLN series production cars up to 3000 cc cylinder capacity, Alexander Böhm, Philipp Leisen and Carsten Knechtges in the BMW Z4 of the team Black Falcon went into the lead of the championship classification after this sixth round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring 2010.

Pole position in the timed practice on the morning of race day was taken by Romain Dumas and Arno Klasen with a lap time of 8:11.126 minutes. In the opening stages, Dumas was in a hard battle with Arnold and Stippler over the race lead when he went off the track on the third lap on a wet track due to an accident in the section of Klostertal. The GT3 Porsche was so baldy damaged that the race was over for the team. The Haribo Porsche then had exciting fights with the Phoenix Audi and, due to different refuelling strategies, there were several changes of the lead. Arnold/ Menzel finally turned out to be more successful.

“This victory was more than overdue”, said Arnold after the race. “Each member of our team has done such a fantastic job from the very beginning of the season and we really deserved that win. We were fighting eye to eye with the Audi in the lead. It became quite tough towards the end when the temperatures were rising again.” Stipler, for his part, had an explanation as to why the Audi missed its first victory of the year 2010 again: "First of all, I have to extend a big compliment to the Phoenix Team because they have completely rebuilt the R8 in only four days. This had become necessary due to our accident at the fifth round. We did however not hundred percent succeed in finding the perfect set-up for the new car.” Stuck, who has meanwhile completely recovered after his accident in the last race, was nevertheless very motivated: “We will now carry out another test before the 6h race and then attack again.” On the question about his state of health, the Austrian answered: “I was back out on the Nordschleife last week already. If I had suffered just any kind of aches and pains, I would not have started today. I am totally ok again.”

Former DTM star Hahne was happy with his car’s first appearance on the podium in 2010: “Finally, we made it. Compared to our Porsche competitors, we have a different tyre supplier and we are improving step by step. The gap to the leaders is still important but I am very confident that this was not our last podium this year.”

Behind the top three finished Dirk Riebensahm, Christian Kohlhaas and Christopher Brück in the Chrysler Viper entered by Vulkan-Racing-Team Mintgen-Motorsport in an excellent fourth position, and the team celebrated their best result in the current season. Michael Zehe, Marco Schelp and Alexander Roloff finally finished fifth in their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup-S entered by the Team Rowe Motorsport. Ralf Schall together with Mike Stursberg finished their first participation in the Haribo-Cup-S into place six.

The previous championship leaders Elmar Deegener (Stelzenberg/ Germany), Jürgen Wohlfarth (Murrhardt/ Germany) and Christoph Breuer (Nettersheim/ Germany) suffered some technical problems and finished eleventh in their class only. So Böhm/ Leisen/ Knechtges in the BMW Z4 entered by Black Falcon now go into the lead.

Result - here

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