The sixth round of the TMG GT86 Cup was once again dominated and won by Arne Hoffmeister/Fabian Wrabetz of the Dörr Motorsport team. Second were WH-Motorsport with Wolfgang and Kevin Hönscheid and third the Toyota Swiss Racing Team with drivers Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert.
With their fifth success in the fifth race (as the first race has been abandoned), the cup defenders also won a triple: the win aside, they also drove the best practice time (9.47,194 min) and the fastest lap in the race (9.48,736 min). “That wasn’t as easy as it may look,” said an exhausted team manager Uwe Isert afterwards. “First a yellow phase reduced our edge, later our power steering was on the blink. Fabian Wrabetz thus got off the track at one point and we had to make an unscheduled pit stop to change tyres. So I’m quite happy that we were able to win after all,“ said a pleased Isert. The unscheduled pit stop had made them fall back from first place after their thirteenth lap. But when the other teams also had their cars serviced, Dörr could get back in first place. The Dörr duo also once again ranks among the top VLN 100. After their starting position 111, Hoffmeister/Wrabetz gained 20 positions.
In the beginning, the Belgian Pit Lane team fought a fascinating duel for second place with the Swiss Racing team. In the second phase, however, Swiss Racing then lost ground. “First we fought really nice battles for second place, but after the first pit stop, we were losing ground. We had used the tyres a bit too long, which made us lose speed. Perhaps we could have achieved more if we had changed tyres earlier,” said team manager Roland Baumann.
But the Pit Lane’s lap times also got slower. “That is normal and we had expected it,” said team manager Olivier Muytjens. “Not all of our drivers are as fast as the others, and our faster ones were driving at the beginning. We lost the race on the track,” was how Muytjens commented on not ending up among the top 3.
Consistently fast, however, were WH-Motorsport. First in fourth place, the father-son duo continually gained ground over this exciting Four hours race. “In the beginning, we lost time and thus the touch with the leaders. But then everything went as planned. We could catch up and ranked second in the end. Really a good performance by all our team,” said Kevin Hönscheid after the victory ceremony.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “A superb motorsports weekend with great Eifel weather. Congrats to Dörr-Motorsport for another good performance! The really exciting battles for the places on the podium were quite fascinating. The TMG GT 86 Cup did its share to make the VLN race remarkable.“
Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latestrules and regulations, at www.gt86-cup.com. Royalty-free high-resolution images of the TMG GT86 CS-V3 and the TMG GT86 Cup can be found at: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com