- Ups and downs for Lexus
- For the first time this year, Ring Racing has to leave ‘The Ring’ empty-handed
- Swiss Racing Team takes the cup lead
For two of the three Lexus vehicles involved, the seventh DTM round proved to be a race to forget. For Farnbacher Racing (Lexus RC-F GT3, racing in the SPX category), the Lexus spearhead in the season to date, the qualifying went not too bad and with the ninth-fastest time overall, they secured the class pole. In the 6h race, however, Dominik and Mario Farnbacher as well as Akira Ida had to cope with a very early end. On round three, the team was told to come in as its Lexus RC-F GT3 was too loud but the car had to stop due to a technical failure before it was able to complete the lap.
The Lexus RC-F raced by Uwe Kleen, Klaus Völker and Helmut Baumann in the SP8 had to cope with a similar fate. With the 46th time overall the team secured third position on the category grid and on lap 17, their race also came to an early end.
At the same time, Novel Racing enjoyed a very positive race weekend: with the fourth position on the class grid (60th qualifying time overall), Helmut Baumann, Masahige Itoh and Michael Tischner already delivered in fine style in the qualifying session – to up the ante in the race: they made it to the class podium by finishing third and gained a total of 20 positions to finish 40th 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.
If somebody had believed that the sixth round of the cup had been a kind of preliminary decision they were mistaken: In the qualifying for round seven, Florian Wolf – one of the drivers of the previous championship leaders Ring-Racing – went off and damaged the team’s TMG GT86 CS-Cup vehicle that seriously that it couldn’t be repaired in time for the race. So, Ring Racing, Wolf and his team-mate Nils Jung had to leave ‘The Ring’ empty-handed for the first time in 2016.
The previously second- and third-placed squads made use of this opportunity to pass the previous championship leader. Both the race win and the cup lead were secured by Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert, with Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith, represented by ‚Brody’, Bruno-Francesco Barbara and Olivier Muytjens, working their way up to second position in the cup ranking by finishing second in the race. Third position in the race was clinched by TMG GT86 Cup newcomers Lucien Gavris, Dale Lomas, Jean François Brunot and Tom Onslow-Cole for Team BTG.
For a long time, the 6h race was extremely hard fought, with Amweg / Lampert and Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith stealing the lead one another again and again. The crowds hoped for another thriller finish but in the final hour, the Pitlane – Sankt Vith car had to pit for a new drive shaft and Amweg / Lampert won the way with a clear lead.
So, it comes as no surprise that Roland Baumann, the Team Principal of Amweg and Lampert said: “That wasn’t as easy as it looked, in the end. The battle for the lead was rather thrilling but this time we were the lucky ones.”
Olivier Muytjens, Pitlane – Sankt Vith driver and Team Principal, also was happy: “All the drivers delivered in fine style and with a little luck we even possibly could have won the race. Compliments to my team for having changed the drive shaft in just 15minutes but in the end – this incident cost us our chance of keeping on pressurising our Swiss rivals.”
The season will be continued in three weeks time, on 24th September, with the eight of the 10 Endurance Championship Nürburgring rounds.