The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is a thing of the past. Triumphs have been celebrated and defeats have long since been digested. It is high time that motorsport fans were given the very best in racing action. And the participants of the VLN long distance championship Nürburgring. Next Saturday, June 20th, the 'Green Hell' will shake again when the third run starts at 12 noon. After almost a two-month break, most drivers can hardly wait to get back into their racing cars to complete the four hours on the 24,358-kilometer combination of the short Grand Prix circuit and the legendary Nordschleife. "It is high time we continued," says VLN veteran Jürgen Fritzsche, who is driving for victory in the Opel Astra OPC Cup with twin brother Heinz-Otto (both Hückeswagen). When the pilots plunge into the Nürburgring adventure at the 57th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup, the fans will get their money's worth again. In the VLN, things are really getting down to business now - eight of a total of ten races are still on the calendar. In addition, a historic mark can be cracked next Saturday: the 200th VLN victory of a Porsche. The chances have never been greater than in the third round of the 2015 season.
The team Frikadelli Racing with Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz (both Barweiler) and Patrick Huismann (Netherlands) have probably the best prospects for this anniversary success. Your Porsche GT3 R is also responsible for the manufacturer's last victory in a VLN race in August 2014. "We were just about to do it. Now it should finally work. As always, we drive according to the motto sparkling wine or Selters, ”says Schmitz, who will start with her team-mates in a completely renovated vehicle. Due to accidents and technical defects, the 46-year-old has not had much time behind the wheel this season. "That's why I'm taking over the start this time."
The two teams from the SP Pro class can also hope for a historic victory. Both Georg Weiss (Monschau), Jochen Krumbach (Eschweiler) and Oliver Kainz (Kottenheim) in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of the Wochenspiegel Team Manthey as well as Eberhard Baunach (Cologne), Wolfgang Kaufmann (Molsberg) and Maik Rönnefarth (Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler) in the Porsche 911 GT3 KR from Kremer Racing have good cards to win the third VLN run. If none of the teams mentioned so far have the necessary luck on their side, an entire armada is still available to help the manufacturer. 7 participants will start in class SP17 - all in a Porsche, all with the basic potential to win the race.
There will also be other drivers on Saturday who left a lasting impression in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. On the one hand, there is Adam Christodoulou (Great Britain), who drew attention to himself with the second-best time in the Top 3 qualifying in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT30. The fact that Christodoulou now competes with Nico Verdonk (Belgium) for Prosport-Performance GmbH in the Porsche Cayman in the V5 class shows that he is by no means too good for vehicles with lower performance. The Brit is a racing driver with body and soul and thus symbolizes the leitmotifs of the Nürburgring Endurance Championship. The same applies to the Scheid - Honert Motorsport team, who repaired their BMW M235i Racing Cup after a crash under the most adverse conditions on the track and sent it back into the 24-hour race after four hours, cheering the fans. In the same car, Jörg Weidinger (Schaftlach), Michael Schrey (Wallenhorst) and Uwe Ebertz (Sinn-Fleisbach) will fight against 235 competitors for victory and points for the classification in the BMW M16i Racing Cup.
Among other things, it is the brand competitions that give the VLN race its special charm. Motorsport fans should look forward to the decisions between the Toyota GT 86 teams in the TMG GT86 Cup as much as those in the Opel Astra OPC Cup. There the twin brothers Fritzsche, Jürgen and Heinz-Otto prove with flying colors that age does not protect against success. Both won the title last year and, with their teammate Hannu Luostarinen (Finland), set another impressive fragrance brand in the 2015 season with first place in the second VLN run. In addition to defending the title in the popular Opel one-make cup, another one is for Heinz-Otto Fritzsche Aim within reach. The Hückeswagener lacks four victories in order to trump Ralf Schall's 81 class victories (Dornstadt) and thus take first place among the most successful drivers in VLN history.
If you don't want to miss this spectacle, you don't have to dig deep into your pocket. Family-friendliness is very important in the popular mass sports series. Tickets for the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit, a visit to the paddock, the pit lane and the starting grid are available at the box offices for 15 euros. Adolescents up to the age of 14 have free admission. Entry to the 'Green Hell' experience is free around the Nordschleife.
The four-hour race starts on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon. Before that, the positions on the starting grid will be extended from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.