Farnbacher’s Lexus RC-F GT3 with increased competitiveness
Battle for the TMG GT86 Cup title closer and closer
Upgraded GT86 CS-Cup also convinces in dry conditions
In brilliant sunshine, two of the three Lexus vehicles contesting the fifth VLN round delivered in fine to great style. Particularly Dominik and Mario Farnbacher who demonstrated that they are very successful when it comes to enhancing the Lexus RC-F GT3: pole position in the SPX category and fourth grid position overall, just 4.223 seconds behind the pole-sitter already was a fine result. In the race, the Farnbacher brothers even took the lead and battled it out with the Audis, BMWs and Porsches. In the end, however, they couldn’t quite match the pace of the front-runners over the distance, but winning the class and finishing fourth in the overall rankings also was an impressive result. Lorenz Frey and Stéphane Ortelli in the RC-F GT3 entered by Lexus Racing also can look back on a solid race weekend. Second grid position in the class behind the Farnbacher Lexus and 10th on the overall grid – and in the race, they finished a lap behind the winners.
Meanwhile, Uwe Kleen, Helmut Baumann and Horst Baumann with the Novel Racing Lexus ISF CSS-R hadn’t a lot to cheer about. In the qualifying they did rather well and secured third grid position in the SPA category (47th grid position overall) but in the race, #136 was forced into early retirement on lap 13.
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.
And the racing in the cup was as close, thrilling and spectacular as usual. Numerous position changes at the very front of the field and exciting overtaking manoeuvres made for enthralling motor racing entertaining the crowds to the max. In the end, the Toyota Swiss Racing Team pairing, Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert, celebrated their second cup win in the 2016 season. “We wanted this win at all costs,” beamed Team Principal Roland Baumann. “Nonetheless, this race was a true nail biter for me as the balance of power on the TMG GT86 Cup grid is extremely well balanced, this year.”
Meanwhile, the championship leaders, Ring-Racing (Nils Jung / Florian Wolf) were slightly frustrated. On the first seven laps they and Swiss Racing entertained the crowds with a thrilling battle for the lead – “But on lap seven we had bad luck with a yellow flag phase that wasn’t helpful for us and we dropped slightly back, thus losing contact to the Swiss Raving car,” revealed Florian Wolf. To make things even worse, Jung / Wolf suffered a puncture on lap 17, thus losing more time – and their chance of finishing runner up. Nonetheless, they came third behind Olivier Muytjens, Bruno Barbaro and ‘Brody’ (Pit Lane – AMC St. Vith). A perfect result for the championship as the gaps between the three leading teams who finished in this order are even smaller, now.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Kundenmotorsport, also came to a positive conclusion: “I am particularly delighted about the fact that we could see that the upgrade for the GT86 CS-Cup does not only work in the wet as witnessed in round four but also does so perfectly in dry conditions.”
Now, VLN and the GT86 CS-Cup are entering a four week summer break before kicking off the second half of the season with round six on 20th August.