The 44th DMV 4-Hour Race will be one of the shortest VLN races in the history of the Nordschleife Championship. In lap two, the race direction interrupted the second race of the season due to snowfall. From Fuchsröhre to Bergwerk the snow remained on the shoulder of the circuit. For the afternoon, the weather forecast announced further precipitation and snow. In coordination with the stewards and the organizer, the race director decided at 13:45 not to start the race again.
“The initiation lap was absolutely okay, in the first lap the track was a bit wet – but everything was fine. On lap two, the snowdrift was really heavy, “said Christopher Brück, who did the start in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from GetSpeed Performance. “Stopping the race was the right decision at the time.”
Due to the little time driven, this second round of the championship remains without official results. Since 1977, 423 VLN races have been completed, only 14 times there has been no result. Half points would have been taken for more than 80 minutes of racing time in the 4-hour race, and for more than 160 minutes there would have been full points.
The qualifying session was still held in partly sunny conditions and temperatures just above freezing. The fastest lap was delivered by Christopher Mies, who shared the Audi R8 LMS of Audi Sport Team Land with two-time DTM champion René Rast. With a time of 8:00.076, he relegated Peter Dumbreck and Jens Klingmann in the BMW M6 GT3 of Falken Motorsports by 1.385 seconds to second place. “I pushed hard, but more was just not possible,” Mies grinned. “The tire temperature was okay and the grip was surprisingly good despite the low temperatures. All in all, our Audi was very fast right from the start. “Third place went to Frederic Vervisch, Frank Stippler and Pierre Kaffer in the Audi R8 LMS of the Audi Sport Team Car Collection. Fourth place went to Martin Tomczyk, Sheldon van der Linde and Timo Scheider in the BMW M6 GT3 of the BMW Team Schnitzer. The qualifying session was – as at the season opener – a demonstration of the high power density in the VLN field. The top 10 vehicles remained within a distance of just 5.387 seconds, the fastest 20 pilots separated in their fastest lap only 22.197 seconds.
The third round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring will take place on April 27th. The 61st ADAC ACAS H & R Cup will then – over the usual four-hour distance – hopefully in friendlier weather conditions.
- Source: VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring
- Photocredit: VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring
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