VLN 2014: The 'Ham Race' ends VLN season 2014

VLN Endurance Championship Nuerburgring 2014, 39. DMV Muensterland Cup (2014-10-25): Adam Osieka, Christopher Mies, Steve Jans (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup). Photo: Jan Brucke / VLN

The season finale is always a rollercoaster of emotions. On the one hand, the motorsport year is over now and one can look back proudly on the achievements. On the other side, the die-hard motor sportsman is also aware that days and weeks are literally followed when no wheel turns. With a traditional event ending on Saturday, 25. October the long-distance season in the, Green Hell '. The 39. DMV Münsterland Cup - known to participants under the name 'Schinkenrennen' - is the crowning achievement of the 38. Year of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring. The name is program, because the winners will win a Westphalian ham as an additional bonus at the evening award ceremony in addition to the obligatory cup. This fact is additional motivation for the more than 165 teams, because nobody wants to miss the culinary delicacies from the home of the hosting MSC Münster. Around the Nordschleife, the endurance championship experience is free. For the open grandstands at the Grand Prix circuit and a visit to the paddock, including the grid, family-friendly 15 euros are to be paid per person. Teenagers under 14 years have free admission. Tickets are available at the box offices on site. All information about the most popular recreational sports series in Europe is available on the Internet at www.vln.de.

The price for the longest journey may already be granted with a clear conscience before the race. When Tony Richards starts training on Saturday morning in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the New Zealander has already traveled more than 18.000 kilometers. Richards taking on the cockpit of the British super athlete with Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez and Andreas Bänziger from Switzerland is the perfect proof that the appeal of the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife remains unbroken. And he is only one of many: The call of the 'Green Hell' is followed by pilots from the USA, Russia and Thailand as well as from neighboring European countries. Nobody can escape the fascination of the most beautiful and demanding racetrack in the world.

Similar to the Aston Martin trio, Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick rely on racing technology from the British Isle. For the second time, the three sports car specialists are piloting the beefy Bentley Continental GT3 at the VLN finale. After the premiere of the ninth race, which was marked by a collision and subsequent repair work, the factory team is now preparing to gain more experience in racing on the Nordschleife.

However, the competition will not make it easy for the newcomer. Experienced VLN teams stand by the rifle to score full points again. Klaus Abbelen, Sabine Schmitz (both Barweiler) and Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) cannot escape the role of favorites with three wins of the season. The trio in the Porsche 911 GT3 R from Frikadelli Racing is again supported by Frank Stippler (Bad Münstereifel). The regular Audi driver set a new lap record on the 24,358-kilometer combination on the Nürburgring Sprint circuit and Nordschleife in the ninth round. The fact that the latter will not be included in the official statistics - Stippler achieved the lap time in qualifying - should only bother him a little. Rather, he experienced the respect of his fellow combatants.

The teams Weiland Racing, Car Collection Motorsport and Hofor Racing rely on the strong Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, which was already good for three overall victories this year. The two crews of the Walkenhorst Motorsport powered by Dunlop team don't have to hide either. The two BMW Z4 GT3 are always good for a front position. The same applies to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from the Wochenspiegel Team Manthey, the Audi R8 LMS ultra from the brothers Dennis and Marc Busch (both Bensheim), the McLaren MP4 12C GT3 from Dörr Motorsport and the Ford GT3 from Jürgen Alzen Motorsport. In any case, tension is guaranteed.

The 39. DMV Münsterland Cup leads over the usual distance of four hours. The starting positions are assigned in the time training of 8: 30 to 10 clock. The race starts punctually at 12 clock.

Nürburgring Drift Cup in the Müllenbachschleife
For all drift fans takes place from the 24. to 26. October 2014 held the fourth and final run of the Nürburgring Drift Cup. Drift experts from all over Europe meet in the Müllenbachschleife to impress the audience with squealing tires and powerful engines. Supported by FALKEN High Performance Tires, the AUTO BILD Sportscars and Skylimit, the Nürburgring organizes one of the biggest drift events in Germany. Tickets are available at the info ° center and at the box office. Holders of a VLN ticket will receive a discount on the Saturday and Sunday ticket.

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