The third round of the 2017 VLN season saw the Ferrari 488 GT3 trio of Georg Weiss, Jochen Krumbach and Oliver Kainz holding up their upward trend from the Nürburgring 24 Hours four weeks ago. Through clever strategy with team owner Weiss only turning in the final three race laps, as well as a fault-free race with fast lap times, Wochenspiegel Team Monschau secured its first overall VLN victory.
“At the beginning of my stint we had about two minutes over our nearest competitor and when I got into the car, I was not sure if that would be enough. Then I just used my driving style, which very much suits the Ferrari to drive home our victory,” said Georg Weiss after the race.
“I’m really happy about the win, especially since I’ve been racing on the Nordschleife for over ten years and have finally got my first overall win today.”
Second place went to Lars Kern, Matthieu Jaminet and Otto Klohs in the Porsche 911 GT3 R from Manthey Racing. The 911 crew found themselves in the top group over the entire race distance of the 49th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup, losing out on an overall victory by about 50 seconds. Unlike the winning Wochenspiegel Ferrari Manthey Racing decided to give Otto Klohs a full eight lap stint, which left them with a disadvantage towards the end of the race.
“I’m satisfied with second place, the performance during my stint was quite good. I hope we can go to the podium more often in the future, the next time we’ll attack will be 6 hour race, “said Otto Klohs.
The Renault RS.01 GT3 of mcchip.dkr showed the most surprising performance of the race, holding the provisional pole position for a long time. “Dieter Schmidtmann”, Heiko Hammel and Michele di Martino stayed in contention for the lead throughout the four hour race. After crossing the line in third the team was given a time penalty for a yellow flag infringement, dropping them to seventh. This enabled Michael Ammermüller and Jeffrey Schmidt to take third place in the Audi R8 LMS from Land-Motorsport.
“After our last stop, the car did not start at first, so we lost valuable ground on our competitors,” Ammermüller said. “Therefore an attack on second place was not possible. Still we are satisfied with third.”
Fourth place went to the Manthey Racing Porsche of Sven Müller, “Steve Smith” and “Randy Walls”, which started the race from pole position. Fifth went Markus Schmickler and Kai Riemer in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from Landgraf Motorsport. Peter Posavac, Alex Lambertz and Claudia Hürtgen were sixth in their BMW Z4 GT3. Behind the Renault RS.01 GT3, Frank Kräling, Marc Gindorf and Christopher Brück were ranked eighth, winning the SP7 class.
Ninth was the Porsche crew of Mies / Jans / Scheerbarth in front of another 911 duo in Menzel / Lukovnikov.
The next round of the VLN will take place on July 8th.