- Mixed feelings in VLN
- Maximum excitement at the top of the TMG GT86 Cup
- Swiss Racing Team wins round two
The Lexus-Teams on the grid of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN, that is contested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, had once again to cope with mixed feelings – just as it had been the case in the season opener. In the qualifying session, the Lexus RC-F GT3 (#54) raced Lorenz Frey / Stéphane Ortelli and registered for the SPX category unfortunately was involved in an accident and consequently, it couldn’t contest the race. Meanwhile, things could have come worse for the Farnbacher Racing Lexus RC-F GT3 (#55, Dominik Farnbacher / Hiroki Yoshimoto) that also raced in the SPX category. The squad qualified second in the category (16th overall) and in the race, the GT3 racer finished fourth in the category despite having been involved in an accident. While overtaking a slower car, the two vehicles had a close encounter and the Lexus had to come in for a longish repair stop. “Fortunately, the incident didn’t result in more serious damages but we had to replace a broken steering rod what cost us four laps,” said Dominik Farnbacher. The two Lexus ISF CCS-R racing in the SP8 category, however, had a better race. #135 (Uwe Kleen, Horst Baumann und Michael Tischner) finished third in the class and 45th overall, while #137 (Christoph Wuest / Klaus Völker) came fifth in the class and 62nd overall. At the same time, the Lexus RC-F #160 run by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing delivered in really fine style. Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takuto Iguchi und Kazuya Ishima, the only team racing in the SPPRO category, qualified 28th overall and in the race they did not only secure the logical class win but also the fine 17th position in the overall rankings. As usual, TMG GT86 Cup also was held within the framework of the VLN. In 2016, this TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-V3 is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs. In the second TMG GT86 Cup round of the 2016 season, the drivers with their spectacular Coupés powered by 200bhp flat engines once again made for thrilling motor racing – and in the end, Toyota Team Swiss Racing represented by Manuel Amweg (CH) and Thomas Lampert crossed the line as race winners. But achieving this win was anything but easy. For the major part of the race, the battle for the lead was tough, with the car holding the lead changing four times. At the end of lap four, for instance, the leading AMC Sankt Vith TMG GT86 CS-V3 crossed the line with a lead of just 0.7 seconds over the second-placed Swiss Racing car. Only in the closing stages of the four-hour race, Swiss racing succeeded in opening a gap on the rest of the field and securing the win. Second place was secured by the young-gun pairing Nils Jung / Florian Wolf in the TMG GT86 CS-V3 run by Team Ring Racing, thus repeating the fine result they achieved in the season opener. Meanwhile, the winners of race one, Pit-Lane AMC Sankt Vith, came third and established themselves at the top of the championship standings – just as Ring Racing. “We opted for the proper tactics, today, and our drivers convinced with a consistently good performance,” said Swiss Racing Team Principal Roland Baumann. “But I have to admit that we also were somewhat lucky when we opted for continuing on slicks although rain began to fall at race half-time. Thank god it was just a short shower and the track dried quickly."
The next VLN round – the 58th ADAC ACAS H&E Cup – will be held in about two weeks.