- Farnbacher secures first VLN class win in 2016
- TMG GT86 Cup super thrilling – three races, three winners
- Ring Racing dominates third cup round
Having finished runner-up in the first two rounds of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN), that is hold at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Farnbacher-Racing Lexus RC-F GT3 (#55) now celebrated its first class win of the year in the third championship round.
Having qualified 18th (second in the class), Dominik and Mario Farnbacher delivered in great style in the race and at race half-time they even held ninth place in the overall rankings – while holding second position in the category behind the Alzen-Ford GT at the same time. And when the Alzen car struggled with a technical problem, the Farnbachers took the lead and defended it to take the chequered flag as race winners. “We are really delighted with having secured this class win,” Dominik Farnbacher said afterwards. “We now will keep on enhancing the RC-F in cooperation with our partner to hopefully make it even faster.”
In the class SP8, the Lexus ISF CCS-R #135 raced by Uwe Kleen, Helmut Baumann and Horst Baumann qualified sixth in the category (113th in the overall rankings) and finished fourth in the race (overall rankings 57th). Meanwhile, the Lexus RC-F run by TOYOTA GAZOO RACING, the only competitor in the SPPRO category, had to cope with a setback. With a fine performance, Hiroaki Ishiura and Takeshi Tsucchiya qualified 19th but in the race they were forced into early retirement.
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.
Third round – third winner. The TMG GT86 Cup just couldn’t be more thrilling. The win in the third round of the makes cup contested with Toyota’s 200bhp flat-engine coupés was secured by
Nils Jung and Florian Wolf in the CS-V3 (#530) of Team Ring Racing. Prior to the race, Wolf announced: “We finally want our first victory” and in the race, he and his team-mate walked the talk.
At first, Wolf secured the pole with the fastest lap time of the weekend: 09:51.981 minutes. And in the race, the Ring Racing pairing also delivered in remarkable style. At the start they failed to make optimum use of their pole and dropped back to second but after two laps they were back in the lead and controlled the field to secure a never jeopardised win.
The Toyota Swiss Racing Team, winner in round two, had to settle for finishing second but consolidated its position at the front end of the championship rankings, with this result. Meanwhile, the Nordschleife rookies Henric Skoog and Graham Wilson made for a major surprise by securing third place for the Mathol squad. “Both of them passed their Nordschleife permit only yesterday,” beamed Mathol Team Principal Matthias Holle. “Therefore, the performance they delivered was particularly impressive.”
At the same time, the final acid test for the TMG GT 86 Cup car with the 2016 upgrade also proved to be a success. The flat-engine coupé started in the VLN category SP3 and impressed not only with consistently good lap times but also by completing the hour-hour race without encountering any problems to finish second in the eight-vehicle SP3 field. “We are particularly happy about this successful test,” said TMG Principal Engineer Customer Motor Racing, Nico Ehlert. “We achieved our goals in the reliability and pace areas.”
The fourth VLN round will be held on 25th June, 2016. But prior to this race, several GAZOO and cup cars will contest the tradition-rich Nürburgring 24h race on 28th / 29th May.