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EVENT // VLN Round 1 Nürburgring 02.04.2016


For five months , fans of the VLN endurance racing championship had to wait – now the wait is finally over. On April 2, the first time jumping the starting lights at the Nürburgring from red to green , the first of ten VLN races of the season 2016 – the 62nd ADAC Westfalenfahrt . The organizing ADAC Westphalia expects around 180 vehicles , the cockpits are occupied mostly high class. When the four-hour race starts at 12 am , meet in the Eifel again young talent to experienced rabbit , prominent professionals to advanced amateurs , financially strong factory on resolute private teams and adult GT3 cars on real classics . This enormous diversity and the legendary Nordschleife give the VLN an aura that is unique worldwide.


The list of participants of the first showdown is long . Whether vehicle or pilot – almost everything in GT and touring cars of distinction is represented . Especially in the PS – bursting GT3 classes , the prominence is the jack in hand . For example, is the most successful DTM driver of history , Bernd Schneider , be one of the party . How to DTM times will take a brand from Stuttgart Place the 51 -year-old – the Mercedes- AMG GT3 .


Schneider is part of a strong quartet . In the car of the team Black Falcon , he is a cockpit with Manuel Metzger , who won the last two VLN races of last year , Adam Christodoulou , also twofold VLN overall winner in 2015 , and Maro Engel , who won a VLN race last year and in 2008 earned his money as a DTM driver until 2011.

In addition to Schneider and angels nor other former , but also current DTM drivers will be at the start line for the VLN opener. In Mercedes- AMG GT3 of the team Haribo Racing DTM driver Maximilian Götz will sit with Lance David Arnold , Jan Seyffarth and the former DTM drivers Uwe Alzen behind the wheel .


Even the quartet from VLN comeback team Land Motorsport has it all : The two DTM drivers from Audi , Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider , go in the Audi R8 LMS together with Marc Basseng , 26 times VLN overall winner and Connor de Phillippi at the start. BMW sends his two DTM drivers Maxime Martin and Tom Blomqvist on the Nordschleife . Martin will be driving along with former DTM drivers Dirk Werner and the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany , Philipp Eng , the BMW M6 GT3 of Rowe Racing . Blomqvist contrast goes for Walkenhorst Motorsport in a BMW M235iR in SP8T class into the race . With Frank Stippler ( Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix Racing ) , Thomas Jäger ( Mercedes- AMG GT3 by AMG team HTP ) and Stefan Mücke ( Mercedes- AMG GT3 by AMG team HTP ) complement three other former DTM drivers , the list of participants in the SP9 .


In this also , the two reigning GT Masters Champions Luca Ludwig and Sebastian Asch to prove . Both go along with Kenneth Heyer in the Mercedes – AMG GT3 from Team Zakspeed the race . A run that also the Le Mans winner of 2015 , Earl Bamber , do not want to miss . He starts with Patrick Pilet Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey – Racing . In the same manufacturer also make the local matadors of Frikadelli Racing , Klaus Abbelen , Patrick Huisman and Norbert Siedler , hopes of overall victory . The same applies to Georg Weiss , Oliver Kainz , Jochen Krumbach and Mike Stursberg which are for the week Team Manthey VLN opener here . A good result also expected from the VLN permanent starter of private teams Twin Busch Motorsport with Christian Mamerow and the brothers Marc and Dennis Busch in the Audi R8 LMS .


Between the numerous glitzy name but will also the two young GT3 Newcomer : The 24 -year-old Moritz Oestreich and the 22 -year-old Michele Di Martino . For Austria , the his rounds last year or the Opel Astra OPC Cup , the ride in the Mercedes SLS GT3 of HTP Motorsport is a real GT3 Premiere . Di Martino is the reigning champion in the BMW M235i Racing Cup and could sniff Z4 GT3 air already in a BMW at the ninth VLN race of the previous season . Now he will be driving together with Matias Henkola the following model , the BMW M6 GT3 , for the team Walkenhorst Motorsport around the Nordschleife .


For the same team graduated Felipe Fernández Laser a successful season in 2015. But now laser will go into the exotic Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus in the SPX class on time hunting . Together with Manuel Lauck and Franck Mailleux it controls one of the two original creations of the team . Exotic may also be the Ford GT appear in the field of fast cars , the cars of Team H & R Special Springs is there but the only representative of the manufacturer . The flight deck will Philipp Wlazik and Jürgen Alzen , with 29 overall victories the most successful VLN Starter history , try to repeat the race win at the fifth VLN race last year. Wrapped allowed the performances of the two Lexus RC F GT3 , drawing attention to themselves with podium in 2015 , are expected . the brothers Mario and Dominik Farnbacher sitting For Team Farnbacher Racing behind the wheel . In the sister car of Team Lexus Racing Lorenz Frey and Stéphane Ortelli will share the cockpit .

All results and informations on : http://vln.de