What a race! The 7th TMG GT86 Cup race of the 2014 season was really something. Rain and changing conditions made the six-hour race – already a highlight of the VLN championship – unpredictable and exciting in all classes. The first Cup drivers to cross the finish line were Nigel and Sarah Moore of Vantage Motorsport but their celebrations were premature. Around two hours after the chequered flag, Dörr Motorsport, with its drivers Maciej Dreszer, Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz, were declared the winners. The Moore sinblings were handed a one-lap penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag, which dropped them to fourth. Second place went to Alexander and Wolfgang Kudrass, Martin Tschornia and Zoran Radulovic of Leutheuser Racing & Events. Olivier Muytjens, “Brody“, Bruno Barbaro and Kurt Dujardin of Pit Lane finished third.
Vantage Motorsport had certainly put their mark on this race. Nigel Moore once again occupied the pole position with GT86 CS-V3 #539. The British duo led the way right from the start but were unable to pull out a decisive gap on the chasing pack. When the first pit stop lasted longer than usual due to some repairs, the Dörr Motorsport TMG GT86 CS-V3 #534 took the lead. Then the spectators witnessed a strategic shoot-out as competitors tried to select the best tyres for the rapidly changing conditions. Heavy rain showers on some parts of the Nordschleife, dry weather on others, meant the drivers had to be completely focused. “We then had a stroke of bad rain poker luck,” is how Uwe Isert, Dörr Motorsport’s team manager, explains how the team lost their lead at the start of the second stint. “Since we didn’t want to destroy our rain tyres on a drying track, we used slicks. But then it started raining again and our lead of two-and-half minutes was gone.”
The delayed win, however, didn’t come as a surprise to him. “Vantage Motorsport’s yellow flag offence is clearly visible in the video. We had a lot of bad luck this season. Now we were lucky and are grateful for this gift,” says Isert. “Our small strategic mistake apart, our race was a good one. The CS-V3 was top and we didn’t have any problems with the long hours either.” Isert is a happy participant in the TMG GT86 Cup. “The car is great on the Nordschleife. No problems whatsoever. Our drivers like this series too. We are already considering using a third or even a fourth car next season.“
The next TMG GT86 Cup race takes place on 13 September within the VLN 46. ADAC Barbarossapreis.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “We one again saw a race that was characterised by the weather here in the Eifel. Fortunately there were no real incidents or suspensions of the race. My compliments to the drivers, who drove a first-class race in difficult conditions. How well our CS-V3 did over the six hours, you can see when you look at the winners’ position in the overall ranking. Dörr Motorsport started from 102nd place and finished 53rd. Climbing 49 places is really quite an achievement.”
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: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com