- 6th TMG GT86 Cup race
- Jung/Wolf win by a whisker (11/100)
- Hard work for Team Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith
Nils Jung and Florian Wolf, Ring Racing, impressively extended their lead by winning the 6th race of the TMG GT86 Cup this season. After an exciting and fascinating battle for victory today, Manuel Amweg/Thomas Lampert, Toyota Swiss Racing Team, only ranked second (but with the fastest lap time, 9:46.659 min), followed by “Brody“, Bruno-Francesco Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens of the Belgian Team Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith, who had started from the pole position.
Once again, the TMG GT86 Cup teams were brilliant. Especially the GT86 CS-Cups numbered 530 (Jung/Wolf) and 535 (Amweg/Lampert) fought a very exciting battle in this 4h race. Their lap times were always much below 9:50 min and they were only separated by a few tenths of a second. It was only the second half that half-time champs Jung/Wolf pulled somewhat clearer of Amweg/Lampert. But then the team had to splash and dash, which provided Manuel Amweg, driving the “Swiss” car over the final stretch, with an opportunity to catch up. However, Nils Jung in his Ring-Racing Toyota was able to ward off his final attack in the Hohenrain chicane, and after 23 laps and 4 hours Jung crossed the finish line eleven hundredths of a second ahead!
“My-oh-my, that was a final lap as it ever was,“ Uwe Kleen, boss of the victorious Ring-Racing team, soughed. “Without our tank stop in the last-but-one lap it would not have been that exciting. Nils Jung really fought hard and brilliantly. What a battle!“
Very exhausted and a bit sad was the boss of the Toyota Swiss Racing Team, Roland Baumann. “It is not very nice to lose by a whisker. But we did everything right, we all gave our all. In the last lap, Manuel often tried to attack Jung, who made no mistake whatsoever, though. My respect!”
The Team Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith, with its boss and driver Olivier Muytjens, showed a remarkable achievement in and for this 6th race. For reasons unknown, during free practice on Friday, their car numbered 532 had caught fire and the engine compartment was a wreck – the crew’s huge efforts to extinguish the fire notwithstanding. However, the team was then able to repair the car for the qualifying this morning, and the drivers then thanked the crew with the fastest training and by ranking third in the race.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsports: “It is always great to see how all our cars and teams master the VLN’s 4 hours and show such an excellent performance and exciting battles. My congratulations to all teams! This time, Team Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith stood out. Having both cars ready for the race after the incident on Friday and an accident with their second TMG GT86 CS-Cup in the qualifying was a remarkable achievement and certainly unexpected.“
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