Land Motorsport scored its second victory of the season, and its second in a row in the four-hour VLN 5, when Christopher Mies and Connor Di Phillippi took a hard fought win that came down to a final lap sprint for the win.
In the end, Mies managed to blast past Jörg Bergmeister’s #911 Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R down the Döttinger Höhe on the final lap of the race, with the winning margin just six tenths when the pair crossed the line.
“Both of my stints today were great fun for me”, said Mies. “I had quite a number of overtaking manoeuvres with my direct rivals but all of them were pulled off in a fair way.”
The 17-year-old race driver made the rare and risky move at the Tiergarten section stick, incredibly gaining the place on the outside of the ultra-quick left-hand kink before rejoining the GP loop.
“All-or-nothing, that was what I thought. Today, I wanted to take the win at almost any cost.”
Bergemeister was understandably quite disappointed to come home second and score his first win of 2017 at the ‘Ring. The consolation prize though is that together with Michael Ammermüller, the pair scored the first podium for Manthey with the new Porsche 911 GT3-R.
“I was hoping that my advance would be sufficient”, he admitted. In another fantastic overtaking manoeuvre, he had previously overtaken Mies at the beginning of the last lap after they had been separated by less than one second over many laps. “The Audi has quite an advantage regarding the top speed”, Bergmeister said.
The pace of the Audi was such that aside from being in the fight for the win with Manthey’s leading Porsche throughout the race, Mies set an (unofficial) lap record of the Nordscheliefe in a GT3 car, when he posted an astonishing 7:57.161 lap during the running prior to the race.
Behind the two leaders was a pair of BMW M6s, which slotted into positions third and fifth and the Farnbacher Lexus RC-F GT3 which had an incredible run to fourth with Dominik and Mario Farnbacher’s car staying both quick and reliable throughout the meeting.
The Walkenhorst Motorsport M6 of Victor Bouveng, Jesse Krohn and Jörn Müller rounded out the top three, with the PlayStation-backed Walkenhorst BMW with Matias Henkola and Michele Di Martino driving ending the day fifth.
Further back, Team Zakspeed came home an impressive sixth with Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig driving its Nissan GT-R, four minutes behind the leader.
The #30 and #21 Porsches of Frikadelli Racing and Wockenspiegel Team Manthey made up the seventh and eighth spots respectively, and were the final two cars that made it home on the lead lap.
The sixth round will take place on 20th August 2016. The 39th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen comes after the summer break and will run for traditional distance of four hours.