- Third win in the season for Milltek Racing in the TOYOTA makes cup
- Britons lucky and clever in the tyre gamble
- Main rivals Swiss Racing keep contact despite difficult start
During the fifth round of the 2017 TMG GT86 Cup, one of the rare six-hour races on the calendar, the typical changeable Eifel weather turned the race into a tyre gamble. Only those whose cars were shod with the appropriate tyres for the respective weather conditions and at the right point in time had the chance of securing a top result. Conditions that apparently suited the Britons of Milltek Racing particularly well. They secured another race win, thus slightly extending their lead in the championship. Second place was secured by their toughest rival in the battle for the title, Toyota Swiss Racing Team – and Leutheuser Racing&Events, the 2013 champions, finished third.
For Milltek Racing, newcomers on the 2017 TMG GT86 Cup grid and championship leaders since race one, it was another perfect race weekend. The Britons were racing on the perfect tyres throughout the race and the drivers – Dale Lomas, Lucian Gavris, Werner Gusenbauer und Tom Onslow-Cole – also delivered in fantastic style without making any mistakes. “Due to the changeable conditions today’s race proved to be a real challenge,” said Steve Pound, Managing Director of Milltek Sport and Team Principle of Milltek Racing, “But our four drivers did a great job and after the race, our car returned to the pits without a single scratch. The basis for this success, however, was the great work of our mechanics who laboured hard until late in the night at 01:00hrs.” With 86 points on their tally, Milltek Racing now hold a 14-point lead in the championship.
Meanwhile, Toyota Swiss Racing Team, Milltek’s toughest rival in the battle for the championship lead and the pole sitters, had to cope with a difficult start into the race: “Our car was hit by a rival from the right in turn one and had to pit right away,” explained Team Principal Roland Baumann. “We had to execute quite a lot of body-repair works and so, we had to chase the entire field when we rejoined the race.” But team and drivers displayed amazing fighting spirit and when the race was over, Manuel Amweg und Frédéric Yerly had battled their way back up to second place. Furthermore, they scored the two points for the pole and consequently, they lost just one points compared to Milltek Racing. With 72 points on their tally, they kept their title chances fully alive.
Leutheuser Racing&Events were less lucky in the tyre gamble than Milltek Racing and Toyota Swiss Racing Team. “Unfortunately we were racing on dry-weather tyres when heavy rain began to fall,” revealed Team Principal Christian Leutheuser. “We lost a lot of time on this lap and otherwise, we possibly could have clinched an even better result than third position. But in consideration of the situation i’m happy with our achievements.” In addition to the points or having finished third the squad scored another one for the fastest race lap (10:01.850 minutes), set by ‚Jan Sluis‘. With 69 points, they hold third position in the championship standings, just three behind Toyota Swiss Racing Team. And so, they also may dream of winning the title, with four more races to go.
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