The last event of the VLN season will see the teams and drivers fight for wins, points, the Championship and class honours and a massive ham!
VLN9 is the traditional “Schinkenrennen” (ham race) organised by the Münster Motor Club and awarding a Westphalian ham in addition to the trophies!
166 cars are listed for the finale and, as always there are a multitude of storylines.
19 cars will be competing in the GT3 class with a fair number in contention for the race win.
Frikadelli Racing (Porsche, 2 wins) is here with a single car after the damage suffered in VLN8 for the sister 911 GT3.R, Black Falcon (Mercedes-AMG, 2 wins), Manthey-Racing (Porsche, 1 win), ROWE Racing (BMW, 1 win) and Falken Motorsports (Porsche, 1 win) have all scored wins in 2018.
AutoArena Motorsport (Mercedes-AMG) will not be represented at the season finale. Patrick Assenheimer, though, who took his first VLN victory at VLN race 8, has changed to the Mercedes-AMG Team HTP-Motorsport. His teammates will be former DTM driver Maximilian Götz and Raffaele Marciello.
Audi have not thus far taken a 2018 win. Phoenix-Racing, Montaplast by Land Motorsport and Car Collection Motorsport will make every effort to close this gap with an R8 LMS each.
Land though will compete with the new Evo version of the R8 in the SPX class. Marcel Fässler and Frédéric Vervisch will drive the 2019 Audi after the new car’s debut at the eighth round with Car Collection Motorsport.
Another race car for the coming season, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R, will once again participate under the management of Manthey-Racing after its first appearance with Falken Motorsport. Michael Christensen and Mathieu Jaminet will take turns in the cockpit.
Class SPX also sees the Renault Sport R.S.01 of R-ace GP with a familiar looking line-up of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Matthieu Vaxivière.
In the VLN Junior Trophy, the Estonian Tristan Viidas of Securtal Sorg Rennsport has good chances to win the title. He will, however, have to collect points because Moritz Oberheim who is this season competing in a Mercedes-AMG GT4 of the Black Falcon Team IDENTICA is close behind.
The decision about the VLN Speed Trophy will also be very exciting. The #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R lead, followed by the two race cars of Falken Motorsports, the Porsche 911 GT3 R (#4) and the BMW M6 GT3 (#3).
In purely mathematical terms, the two cars in fourth position, too, still have chances to gain the title: the Ferrari 488 GT3 (#22) of the Wochenspiegel Team Monschau and the Mercedes-AMG GT3 (#6) of Black Falcon.
Volker Strycek starts not only in the storied Kissling Motorsport Manta with Olaf Beckmann and Peter Hass, but also together with his two children Lena and Robin in an Opel Astra OPC Cup.
The long-time Opel Sports Director thus increases his chances to score his one hundredth class win in the VLN since 1990.
Amongst the “learner drivers” at VLN9 are Alex Brundle and Michele Beretta, the pair will complete their second obligatory participation in the Porsche Cayman of PROsport-Performance. So too will DTM driver Joel Eriksson and Nick Yelloly in the BMW M235i Racing Cup of Securtal Sorg Rennsport.
Look out too for the global race debut of the new Toyota Supra in SP8T, this car a technical evaluation machine for Toyota Gazoo Racing and TMG ahead of a decision over a potential GT4 version of the straight-6 engined coupe.