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VLN: 45th ADAC Barbarossapreis, Preview

This weekend’s VLN race will ring in the final third of the season racing around the famous Nürburg. For the 45th ADAC Barbarossapreis there are about 175 cars on the entry list, not including some prominent absentees but including some surprise visitors.

Marc VDS Racing is making a guest appearance in the VLN, fielding both of their BMW Z4 GT3s that raced in last weekend’s Blancpain 1000 around the GP loop of the Nürburgring. Nick Catsburg is doing his first Nordschleifen outing and is joined by Maxime Martin. In the fast Belgian, Catsburg has a very strong teammate and they could be a challenger for top honours. In the other Z4 Bas Leinders and Henri Moser will share driving duties.

Also hoping for a breakthrough race is the Z4 GT3 of Uwe Alzen Automotive. The Dunlop-shod Z4 has been hampered by technical problems and crashes this year. If Uwe Alzen, Philipp Wlazik and Nicolas Kentenich can get rid of their bad luck they should be able to fight for the overall victory. The Walkenhorst powered by Dunlop Z4 is hoping to keep up the great racing, after Henry Walkenhorst and Ralf Oeverhaus finished fourth the last time out.

The strongest driver line up comes from Rowe-Racing, where Lance-David Arnold and Jan Seyffarth will share one of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3. The other Rowe SLS is shared by Marko Hartung and Michael Zehe. A third SLS comes from CarCollection Motorsport for Peter Schmidt and Johannes Kirchhoff.

After sitting out the last VLN round Patrick Pilet is back with Frikadelli Racing, forming a tough foursome together with Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz and Patrick Huismann. A first VLN outing since the 24 Hours is on the cards for the Manthey GT3 R of Otto Klohs, Jens Richter and Marco Schelp, while in the Pinta Manthey 911 Marco Seefried will share driving duties with Michael Illbruck. A final GT3 R comes from the Haribo Racing Team for Hans Guido Riegel and Mike Stursberg.

With the absence of any Phoenix Racing Audi R8s the R8 LMS ultra of Twin Busch Motorsport is the sole representative of the brand from Ingolstadt, with Marc and Dennis Busch hoping to have luck on their side this weekend. Hoping to keep the momentum of their first race finish in 2013 is the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 of Dörr Motorsport and their drives Arno Klasen and Rudi Adams.

After sitting out the last races due to parts supply problems, the Ford GT of Jürgen Alzen and Artur Deutgen is back for another race, while the GT Corse Ferrari F458 GT3 will make its final season appearance with Pierre Ehret and Alexander Mattschull.

Last race’s winner, the Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, is back with its 4.4 litre engine and the driver line up is Lucas Luhr, Jochen Krumbach and Marco Holzer. Their sister standard 4.0 litre RSR in the Wochenspiegel colours is once again driven by Georg Weiss, Oliver Kainz and Michael Jacobs. The Wochenspiegel 911 is still in strong contention for the overall championship, while in addition Porsche Cup driver Adam Osieka and Audi TT-RS Duo Elmar Deegener and Christoph Breuer should still have a chance to catch the current championship leaders Tim and Dirk Groneck in their Renault Clio.

The race starts at 12.15, due to the face that there are two series running in support.

Sören Herweg