Sascha Köhler (21), an international management student from Siegburg, is the winner, chosen on Nürburgring from among seven young drivers during Team TMG United’s thorough selection process. Team manager Martin Duke (50), who was one of the judges, says: “It wasn’t easy for us. All the applicants were well qualified, but Sascha’s open-mindedness and his good RCN results clinched it. Most impressive were his fast RCN lap times in a car that was certainly not one of the best.“
Team TMG United is made up of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH staff who work on the project in their free time. In the VLN class V3 (production cars of up to 2000 ccm), it uses a close-to-production TMG GT86 CS-V3, with its regular driver once again being Christian Scherer (27), a master mechatronics fitter from Bad Neuenahr, who was one of the two new drivers last year.
Now, Sascha Köhler is the second driver. He got into motorsports in 2011, starting with slaloms. “I more or less grew up with slaloms because my father was a slalom driver for 20 years,” says the student, who did his first circuit race, in the RCN, in 2013. “It was my parents’ gift for my ‘Abitur’,” he says. Meanwhile he has 20 RCN races under his belt. His best year so far has been 2015, when he ranked 18th overall and 3rd in the Junior-Trophy. “The VLN is the next big step. First, I want to become part of the team and learn from my experienced team mates. I hope we can really inspire us and also win in our class. That would be great…“
Caption: TMG team manager Martin Duke, Sascha Köhler and Christian Scherer (from left)