Farnbacher-Lexus catches fire in the lead
Amweg / Lampert extend their lead
Bad luck for their heir main rivals
In the eighth round of the 2016 VLN season, the Lexus spearhead delivered in competitive style but in the end, it had no luck: from its sixth position on the grid (pole in the SPX category), the Lexus RC-F GT of Dominik and Mario Farnbacher quickly worked its way up to third but from lap four, it dropped back again because of overheated tyres. Later, however, the Farnbacher Lexus even took the lead due to problems of its competitors. But on lap 14, the car was forced into early retirement, due to a fire during the pit stop.
Meanwhile, Novel Racing’s Lexus ISF CCS-R experienced a better weekend. Helmut Baumann, Horst Baumann and Völker Klaus secured fourth grid position in the SP8 and 63rd overall, passed 19 competitors in the race to secure another class podium by finishing third in the SP8 and coming 44th in the overall ranking.
As usual, the 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-Cup 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.
Those who had expected to witness the extremely thrilling racing in the TMG GT86 CS-Cup they had been provided by the previous rounds unfortunately were disappointed. While pole-sitters Manuel Amweg und Thomas Lampert took the lead with their Toyota Swiss Racing flat-engine coupé right away and set consistently fast lap times, their two main rivals in the title chases had to cope with a dose of bad luck.
Nils Jung and Florian Wolf, for instance, had to come in early for an unscheduled pit stop due to electronic problems. The problem could be solved by the team’s mechanics but cost the pairing so much time that that their dream of winning the race was over.
‚Brody’ and Bruno-Francesco Barbaro (Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith), the third-placed pairing in the championship, encountered an even worse fate: just half an hour into the race, Barbaro was involved in an accident and crashed head-on into the crash barriers. Afterwards, he succeeded in hobbling with the seriously damaged car back to the pits were the mechanics of the Belgian squad repaired the damage in a fantastic time – but in the end, the effort proved to have been in vain as the car later was forced into retirement by a consequential damage. And the sister car of their team-mates, Kurt Dujardyn and Jacques Derenne, was stopped by a technical problem with just 45 more minutes to go.
So, the Toyota Swiss Racing squad could win the race with the aforementioned consistent fast lap times without having to take any risks.
“It was a tumultuous race with a lot of yellow-flag phases,” said Roland Baumann, the Toyota Swiss Racing Team Principal. “Therefore, I am particularly happy that our drivers weren’t involved in any incidents. In consideration of the course of the race we only had to keep our focus high, not lose our rhythm and make sure that we win the race. And our guys did so in great style.”
In just two weeks time, on 8 October, the teams will be back at the ring for the ninth of the 10 VLN rounds, which will feature the usual 4-hour distance.