- Ring Racing wins with a tiny lead
- Numerous changes in the lead Toyota’s one-make Cup
- Season kick-off winners Milltek finish third
In 2017, the TMG GT86 Cup once again is held within the framework of the VLN. This year, the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH makes cup is held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the fifth consecutive year. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is a close-to-production racing car with spare-part service and technical on-site service, thus representing the ideal basis for perfect motor racing at reasonable costs.
The second round of the season was won by Ring Racing with Nils Jung and Florian Wolf, who took the chequered flag just 0.9 seconds ahead of the Toyota Swiss Racing Team with the drivers Manuel Amweg und Frédéric Yerly. Meanwhile, Milltek Racing with Dale Lomas and Lucian Gavris who won the season opener came third.
But first things first: As it had been expected, the second round of the 2017 TMG GT86 Cup also provided great motor racing and excitement galore. For about two thirds of the race, no team was able to get the upper hand and the teams charged through the ‘Green Hell’, with the gaps between the GT86 CS-Cup vehicles just amounting to seconds and several times the teams stole one another the lead. Only in the final third of the race, Ring Racing and Toyota Swiss Racing Team succeeded in opening a slight gap on the rest of the field – but at the same time, they continued their fierce battle for the win. A battle that was taken down to the final lap and ended only at the Döttinger Höhe.
“There were slight contacts with other cars in the starting turmoil and we consequently lost several positions,” Ring Racing driver Nils Jung explained after the race. “Fortunately these incidents had no serious consequences and over the course of the race our car ran better and better. Therefore, we were able to make up for the lost ground. And the fact that Florian [Wolf] could overtake the Swiss car on the final lap was the real kicker.”
It will come as no surprise that Hannes Gautschi, the Swiss Racing Team Principal, took a slightly different point of view: “Actually we had a good race today and started into the final lap as race leaders. But unfortunately, Ring Racing made perfect use of our slip stream at the long Döttinger Höhe straight and passed us for the lead, what a shame.”
Cup newcomers and season-opener winners Milltek Racing impressed once again by finishing third despite a collision in the starting turmoil, resulting in a damaged front and right door. “Due to the damages, our pace wasn’t as high as it could have been,” reveals Team Principal Steve Pound. „But at the end of the day, the entire team did a great job and we are happy with our podium – although we possibly could have achieved an even better result.”
After the race, Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Sport, was truly thrilled: “This was a race that really made you hang on the edge of your seat. The new level of competitiveness apparently pushes all our competitors to better and better performances what also was demonstrated today by the fact that five teams were able to consistently set lap times below 10 minutes.”
Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup at www.gt86-cup.com.
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