VLN: Mercedes wants to win the race

In addition to fascinating cars and rousing racing action on the most beautiful race track in the world, the variety in particular is a striking predicate of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. Drivers from a wide variety of nations control a diverse mix of brands from a wide range of manufacturers through the 'Green Hell'. A colorful mix that is also reflected on the podium in the 2015 season. Audi, Porsche, BMW and Ford each came out on top once in the four races to date. At the sixth VLN run, the remaining major German manufacturer now wants to secure an overall victory: four driver teams in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 believe that the chances are particularly good. But the competition is still tough on Saturday, August 22, when the 12th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen starts at 38 noon. Then in the four-hour competition on the 24,358 km long combination of Grand Prix course short connection and legendary Nordschleife, it will be shown whether another winning team will be immortalized in the annals of the VLN season 2015 or whether there will be a repeat offender.

Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz and Patrick Huismann will be the stars of the event Frikadelli Porsche as well as Michela Cerruti, Felipe Fernández Laser and Jesse Krohn in the Walkenhorst BMW try to spit into the soup for Mercedes-Benz and to get the second win of the season. Walkenhorst Motorsport's Z4 GT3 won the fourth race and reinforced its ambitions with third place in fifth. The 911 GT3 R from Frikadelli-Racing celebrated the 200th VLN victory of a Zuffenhausen-based driver in round three and is always ready to attack. The Ford GT advertised by 'H&R Spezialfedern' has to be taken into account by the competition at least since the last VLN race. Dominik Schwager and Uwe Alzen drove Alzen's brother Jürgen's own construction to victory. The successful duo goes their separate ways in the Grenzlandrennen. While Schwager has a new team-mate at his side in Robert Renauer - the Porsche driver will take a seat in a Ford for the first time - this time Alzen tries his hand at the Mercedes-Benz SLS from Haribo Racing. This gives the 48-year-old the opportunity to take a second victory in two consecutive races in two different makes. The cockpit Alzen, Marco Holzer and Mike Stursburg is one of the hot topics in the battle for the first Mercedes-Benz overall victory this season.

Another is the SLS from Rowe Racing. Klaus Graf and Christian Hohenadel were already happy about third place in the second VLN run and now want to be at the top. Especially since the start of the fourth edition due to an accident in qualifying did not come off. Rowe team boss Hans Peter Naundorf: "That's why we are all the more motivated now. We have been performing very well this season, but have not been able to reward us with the result. We want to change that and join Klaus and Christian in the overall victory. "Ex-DTM driver Renger van der Zande, Johannes Siegler and Peter Schmidt are also looking forward to opportunities in the Car Collection SLS. The fourth team in the league of hopeful Mercedes-Benz starters comes from Meuspath: Hubert Haupt, Adam Christodoulou and Andreas Simonsen want to be in the lead for Black Falcon.

The regular VLN starters Martin Ragginger and Alexandre Imperatori in the Porsche 911 GT3 R from Falken Motorsports also pursue this goal. Both have a potent car, have landed on the podium several times, but are still waiting for their first win. The two crews of the Audi R8 LMS ultra also squint on these. The brothers Dennis and Marc Busch with Marc Basseng as well as the Phoenix cockpit Christian Mamerow, Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof and Frank Stippler are among the closer favorites in the Grenzlandrennen. The Lexus RC-F GT3 from Farnbacher-Racing certainly has good cards. The Japanese customers' new customer project got off to a good start with the second VLN participation: Dominik and Mario Farnbacher finished unexpectedly second in the last race. On August 22nd Dominik has to get along without his brother. The Japanese Akira Iida will grab hold of the valance for Mario.

The showdown in the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring continues to enjoy great popularity. In the 2015 season, 704 starters from 37 nations already started and, among other things, motorsport athletes from Tanzania, Israel, Thailand, Chad, New Zealand, Ecuador, China and Malaysia embarked on the adventure of the 'Green Hell'. Visitors also experience an extremely wide range of brands at the races. Vehicles from 20 manufacturers were already represented on the demanding Eifel course this year.

The currently most successful participants in the VLN season 2015 all come from Germany and are driving in a French or Japanese car. After four races, Dirk and Tim Gronek lead the VLN overall ranking. The two pilots from Melle start in their Renault Clio in the well-occupied class SP3 and are the measure of all things there. After each run, the brothers were at the top of the podium and have already collected 37,69 points. On their heels - with 37,04 counters - are Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz. So far, they too have dominated their class at will. For Dörr Motorsport, both drivers in their Toyota GT 86 won the TMG GT 86 Cup class at every VLN race. The last word is not yet spoken for four pending races in this regard. It's close in the VLN - in the different classes and the overall tableau. So will the 38. RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen at the 22. August with hard-fought duels, some surprises, bright winners and above all a variety that offers the visitors of the Langstrecken championship Nürburgring first-class motorsport entertainment.


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