- Baumann / Kleen deliver in fine style
- Toyota Swiss Racing wins TMG GT86 Cup
- DTM aces shine at the wheel of a GT86
The tenth round of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN, at the same time the season finale of the popular amateur-racer series, once again was contested by three Lexus vehicles – but only two of them could be happy with their achievements.
The Lexus ISF CSS-R entered by Novel Racing contested the race in the SP8 category, with Helmut Baumann, Michael Tischner and Völker Klaus alternating in its cockpit. In the qualifying session, the trio set the fourth-fastest time in their category and was 70th-fastest in the overall ranking. In the race, the squad passed 16 rivals to finish 54th overall and fourth in the class. Also in the SP8 raced Horst Baumann and Uwe Kleen with a Lexus RC F. And they impressed particularly in the race. From their 67th position on the grid (third in the SP8) they gained massive 45 positions to finish 23rd overall and win the SP8 category.
Farnbacher Racing, however, hadn’t such a good weekend. Two weeks ago they won the ninth VLN round with the all new RC F GT Prototype but this weekend they used the prototype’s predecessor, the Lexus RC F GT3 and encountered problems. In the qualifying session they had to settle for finishing 15th (third in the SPX category) and then, they couldn’t contest the race due to a drive-train damage.
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.
The season finale was won by Team Mathol Racing but at the same time, the partying was even louder in one of the other garages: The one of Toyota Swiss Racing. After all, Manual Amweg and Thomas Lampert who had delivered on a consistently high level throughout the season secured another fine second place to win the championship trophy with 176 points on their tally. Third place in the race and second in the championship was clinched by Ring Racing (Nils Jung and Florian Wolf) while ‘Brody’, Bruno Francesco Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens (116 points) secured third place in the championship despite an accident resulting in an early retirement.
Although having travelled to the season finale with a 17-point lead, Toyota Swiss Racing Team Principal Roland Baumann proved to be extremely relieved, after the race. “This race was anything but easy,” he said. “Due to the rain in the first half of the race, the conditions out there were extremely difficult. But both team and drivers did a perfect, flawless job. Now it’s time to party.”
Ring Racing Team Principal Uwe Kleen also was really happy with the performance of his squad. “The guys once again did a great job, today. Four hours of racing without making a single mistake – that’s a truly remarkable performance in these conditions.”
An even more so in consideration of the fact that the cup regulars had to battle it out with unusually popular and competitive rivals: Mathol Racing made available two of the flat-engine coupés, # 534 and #537, as driving-school cars to the DTM aces Lucas Auer, Felix Rosenqvist and Daniel Juncadella. The reason: A driver who wants to contest races at the Nordschleife with powerful cars such as the GT3 racers nowadays has to – inter alia – complete a certain number of Nordschleife laps in smaller cars. And that’s what Juncadella – who already contested his second VLN race – Auer and Rosenqvist did in perfect style: They won the race with one of the cars and finished fourth with the other despite gearbox problems. “You could expect the guys to be fast,” said Mathol Racing’s Alexander Fielenbach, “But that they would be that fast right away with a car they didn’t know was really impressive.”
With the fascinating and thrilling 2016 season being over, TMG thanks all the teams and drivers. After all, this exciting cup with top-class motor racing hadn’t been possible without them and their commitment. Therefore, we already are working flat out on planning our 2017 motor-sport programme and will announce the details as soon as everything has been determined.