The third TMG GT86 Cup race of the season saw an exciting race and a new winner; the Vantage Motorsport team from Great Britain.
Thew four-hour race, run within the framework of the VLN series at the Nürburgring, ran to 23 laps and featured a thrilling battle for victory. British siblings Nigel and Sarah Moore took their TMG GT86 CS-V3, car number 539, to the chequered flag first, followed by Toyota Swiss Racing with Werner Schmid, Oliver Burri and Roger Vögeli. Third place was reigning champion Jutta Beisiegel and her Leutheuser Racing & Events team-mates Pawel Ledwon and Ralf Goral were third.
Vantage Motorsport, new in the Cup this season, had their most successful weekend so far. Nordschleife rookies Sarah and Nigel Moore have always been among the fastest since the start of the season but also suffered from bad luck, meaning they had yet to score a strong result. “We had some initial problems with familiarising ourselves with the car,” owner Mark Robinson said. “But in close cooperation with TMG we were able to analyse and solve our problems. This win certainly proves it. Now, we are simply very happy.”
Sarah Moore said: “Today we have every reason to celebrate. Our first win on the Nordschleife means a lot to us. This track is simply incredible, a huge challenge, and very different from all the other tracks we know. And this win also makes us optimistic regarding the rest of the season. I very much hope that this will not have been our last win in the TMG GT86 Cup.”
The British siblings had started from third place. During a nervous first stage of the race, which saw some minor incidents, Nigel Moore fought for the lead and eventually secured it after an hour. The odd pit stop notwithstanding, their win then was never in danger.
Nico Ehlert, TMG Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “I congratulate the Vantage Motorsport team on their great achievement. That a team new to the TMG GT86 Cup is able to win as early as its third race proves the equal opportunities offered by this competition. And that Sarah and Nigel Moore have comparatively little experience on the Nordschleife makes their success even more remarkable.”
Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latest rules 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: http://goo.gl/JO3Yvu