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VLN 42. Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken Trophy – Race Report

Hankook Farnbacher-Ferrari takes the win

Ferrari did have a lot of success in the days of the legendary 1000 Kilometer Nürburgring-Nordschleife race, but in the VLN the Cavallino Rampante has never won a race until the third round of 2011.

This was when Jamie Melo and Marco Seefried took the top spot in the first of the two six hour races of the season. The Brazilian-German combo profited heavily from penalties received by 20 cars in total, including the top ten at the time of the punishment. The cars were all punished for ingnoring yellow flags by stripping them of one lap.

“Just perfect, If somebody would have told me this morning, that we would win the race I would have simply denied it. Of course we were lucky, that most of our competitors got penalised but every once in a while you can use your luck. The Farnbacher F458 Italia and Hankook tires are a real good combination, and I am starting to get used to the Nordschleife,” a very pleased Jamie Melo reported.

Second place went to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Manthey Racing. The team of Olaf Manthey did a performance test to see if an RSR has a better performance on the Nordschleife than the GT3 R.

Marc Lieb, who shared the car with Timo Bernhard and Arno Klasen, was flying in the closing laps getting nearer and nearer to the Ferrari. “This was really racing on the limit, and as it is said closing a gap is easy but overtaking is harder, so I am pleased with the result. We were able to collect a lot of date for the comparison between the RSR and the R but the final call is up to Olaf Manthey on which car we will use in the 24 Hours Nürburgring.”

The RSR got a lap subtracted, which Timo Bernhard said was “an acceptable punishment, we were racing in a approximately 10 car pack and did see the yellow flags really late so we couldn’t brake safely and we were too fast through the accident site.”

The BMW M3 GT2 of Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus and Pedro Lamy was involved too.

Jörg Müller was at the wheel when he got a lap taken away. “After I got out of the car after my first stint I went straight to the race director to apologise because the last thing we want to do is to harm any of the marshals. Without the penalty and a 100% right tactic we would have had a chance for the win today, but we didn’t so I can live with this result.”

Fourth place went to the Rowe-Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 ahead of the SLS of Mamerow Racing. A very good sixth place finish for the Volkswagen Golf GT 24 showed just a sample size of the cars potential.

Sören Herweg