TMG GT86 Cup Race Two: Favourites win in the rain

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The second round of the 2015 TMG GT86 Cup pushed the drivers to the limit of endurance during a race which saw changing weather and unpredictable conditions. Defending champions Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz of Dörr Motorsport rose to the challenge and made the right strategy decisions on their way to victory.

The pair, in their TMG GT86 CS-V3 #534, had the edge on their rivals right from the start and continually extended their advantage throughout the four-hour race for a clear win. “On the first lap, I was sliding around a lot on my rain tyres because the track was no longer wet enough to keep the tyres cool. So I made a pit stop right away and got slicks. Then everything was perfect,” said Hoffmeister, who drove first. And his teammate Wrabetz added: “Our Toyota was again very well prepared. But in the second half, there was more rain and it was more difficult to keep the car on the track.” After 22 laps, the champions had a one-lap edge on the chasing pack.

The fight for second and third place was exciting closer contest. The father and son duo of Wolfgang and Kevin Hönscheid (WH-Motorsport, #538) battled with Manuel Amweg and Thomas Lampert of the Toyota Swiss Racing Team (#533) far into the second half of the race. “A very good pit stop in particular helped us to catch up and take second,” said Kevin Hönscheid, who finished eight minutes clear of third place. Finishing third were Amweg/Lampert, only 18.6 seconds ahead of the fourth-placed Dörr car, driven by Thomas Bolz and Stefan Kenntemich, which had become stronger in the final stages of the race.

And, given the bad weather, it was an impressive effort for the two Thai drivers, Kusiri Kantasak and Manat Ton (Toyota Team Thailand) debuting in a Team Leipert Motorsport car, to complete a flawless race and finish sixth. The Pit Lane team, however, had bad luck. The Belgians, headed by Olivier Muytjens, had set the fastest qualifying lap and would have started from the pole position for the second time in their Cup careers, but they could not take part in the race. “Shortly after our fast qualifying lap, our driver ‘Brody’ got off the track at Exmühle and crashed into the barrier. He didn’t suffer any injuries but the car was so damaged at the front that we couldn’t repair it before the race started,” said a disappointed Muytjens.

Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Our defending champions, Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz, were very strong and deserved to win. The exciting battles have once again shown that in our Cup all drivers have the same chance to come out on top.”

Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latestrules 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