- Mathol Racing win TMG GT86 Cup final
- Prominent DTM guest drivers
- Florian Wolf with fastest lap
Mathol Racing were happy to win the tenth and final race in the TMG GT86 Cup this season. But there was even more cheering to be heard in the Toyota Swiss Racing pit. And no wonder: Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert in their TMG GT86 CS-Cup numbered 535 ranked second and thus won the championship by having scored 176 points in all. Third in the race and second in the championship were Nils Jung and Florian Wolf of the Ring Racing team (156 points). Third in the final table were “Brody“, Bruno-Francesco Barbaro and Olivier Muytjens (116 points) of the Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith team, despite an accident in this last race.
Although the Toyota Swiss Racing Team had started with a comfortable lead of 17 points anyway, boss Roland Baumann was quite relieved when the 4h race was finally over: “It wasn’t an easy race. The rain in the first half made things very difficult. But our team and the drivers did an excellent job. Now we are going to party.” After the happy outcome, Thomas Lampert, from Liechtenstein, revealed how much pressure they had felt, their edge notwithstanding: “Today, we had to deliver and cross the finish line. And we made it. That we also ranked second was the icing on the cake. And the championship is something I still can’t quite fathom.“
Ring Racing boss Uwe Kleen also found his drivers’ performance most satisfactory: “They did a great job once again. In these conditions and with no mistakes, that’s not easy! My respect!” And all this despite a bit of unexpected competition. The Mathol Racing team was using no fewer than two cars for the DTM stars and Mercedes’ factory drivers Lucas Auer, Daniel Juncadella and Felix Rosenqvist, who took turns at the wheels of their GT86s numbered 537 and 534. The reason for their Nürburgring VLN gig: in order to be allowed to take part in the, say, 24 h race, even professionals have to pass the DMSB-Permit Nordschleife test, which requires a few racing laps in a car with less horse power. Lucas Auer, Daniel Juncadella and Felix Rosenqvist therefor used the TMG GT86 Cup.
“Our guest drivers formed a perfect part of the team,” said Alexander Fielenbach of the Mathol team. “That they were fast was no surprise, but that they would be that fast in a car they didn’t even know was quite an achievement. Daniel Juncadella was full of praise, by the way, saying the car handled extremely well, even at the limit,“ Fielenbach continued. The DTM pros ended their joint VLN race as the winners in car 537 and fourth in car 534. “The latter had developed gearbox problems and for the last lap we were stuck with one gear,” Fielenbach explained.
But the professionals in the race also highlighted the fact that the TMG brand cup drivers are really, really good. On the drying track, it was Manuel Amweg who became the first driver to need less than eleven minutes for the 24.385km grand-prix-track and Nordschleife combination in mixed conditions. On the dry blacktop, it was Florian Wolf in car number 530 who drove a lap in less than ten minutes and, with 9:55.306, became the fastest in the TMG GT86 Cup ever.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsports: “Congrats to the Toyota Swiss Racing Team and Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert. They did a great job, over the entire season, and deserved to win our brand cup. Incidentally, we at TMG were already making plans for the next season before this final race had even started. How exactly our plans will look like we want to decide as fast as possible and announce it soon.“
Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup at www.gt86-cup.com.
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