The penultimate round of the 2019 VLN takes place this morning with a 4-hour encounter, the 51st running of the ADAC Barbarossapreis and a 160 car grid.
VLN7 victors GetSpeed Performance field Philip Ellis and Maximilian Götz in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 this time out, part of a 26 car SP9 (GT3) entry.
One of their major challengers will be Team Black Falcon AutoArena Motorsport duo Manuel Metzger and Patrick Assenheimer who took the victories at VLN4 and VLN6.
In between, Assenheimer was also successful in winning VLN5 together with Maro Engel.
Falken Motorsports again field their mixed duo: Peter Dumbreck, Alexandre Imperatori and Sheldon Van Der Linde will drive the BMW M6 GT3. Klaus Bachler and Martin Ragginger will share the cockpit of the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Phoenix Racing has entered two Audi R8 LMS to be driven by Vincent Kolb and Frank Stippler as well as by Michele Beretta, Steve Jans and Kim-Luis Schramm.
Car Collection field another Audi for Elia Erhart, Peter Schmidt and Florian Spengler.
The “Grello”-Porsche of Manthey Racing with Otto Klohs and Matt Campbell will provide additional colour and Augusto Farfus will once again drive for BMW Team Schnitzer as a solo driver.
BMW also features Team Walkenhorst Motorsport with Christian Krognes and David Pittardas well as VLN7 standout Jody Fannin.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to make Nordschleife Debut
Mercedes-AMG also fields their 2020 spec AMG GT3 Evo for Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman and Luca Stolzin in the SPX category. Black Falcon will be in charge of running the team. It’s the 2020-spec AMG’s second race outing after racing at the 24H Portimao race last month
Fübrich/Griessner in the lead of the adjusted overall classification
After consideration of the two void results, Yannick Fübrich and David Griessner of the Pixum Team Adrenalin Motorsport are currently in the lead of the VLN overall classification with a score of 48.57 points.
The championship leaders won five of six races in the BMW M240i Racing Cup. 14 entries race here in the class.
With 29 registered cars, class V4 will once again see the greatest number of starters. According to the adjusted standings, the two other main title contenders are also coming from the category of cars up to 2,500 cc capacity. The trio of the Team AVIA Sorg Rennsport, Torsten Kratz, Oliver Frisse and Moran Gott, took the victories at VLN1, VLN3 and VLN6 and now have 48.01 points to their credit.
The current VLN champions Danny Brink, Philipp Leisen and Christopher Rink with #1 were victorious at VLN4, VLN5 and VLN7 and are shown with a total of 48.15 points. Both crews, however, cannot afford any more zero points result.